If there was one place where you’d figure that people liked Wall Street, though, it would be in the state that includes Wall Street: New York. According to preliminary exit polls reported by CNN, though, New Yorkers dislike Wall Street, too.
New York voters were asked by exit pollsters if they thought Wall Street helped or hurt the economy. Just more than half of Republicans said that Wall Street hurt the economy. More than 6 in 10 Democrats said the same thing.
Unsurprisingly, it was Bernie Sanders who won the vast majority of the anti-Wall-Street Democratic vote. Somewhat surprisingly, Republicans who dislike Wall Street tended to back the rich businessman who lives about 65 blocks north of the city’s financial center.
Hillary Clinton’s supporters were about split between the two positions, which will make it into a television ad soon, no doubt. This was the case for every candidate except Sanders. The split between the Democrats is much wider than the split between the Republicans. Clearly the Wall Street issue was divisive for Democrats in a way that it wasn’t for Republicans.
Wall Street, we suspect, will land on its feet.