Study finds that most were just your average old Trump haters…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The Parkland students who organized the March for Our Lives, a rally centered on gun control, claim the core of the movement is the youth, but a sociologist’s research says differently.
Dana Fisher, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, works with a research team that has surveyed protestors at all the large-scale protest events in Washington since President Trump’s inauguration.
She said her team travels through crowds and samples every fifth person at designated increments within the staging area.
During the March for Our lives, she said her team sampled 256 people, randomly.
“Contrary to what’s been reported in many media accounts, the D.C. March for Our Lives crowd was not primarily made up of teenagers,” she wrote for the Washington Post. “Only about 10 percent of the participants were under 18. The average age of the adults in the crowd was just under 49 years old, which is older than participants at other marches I’ve surveyed.”
Fisher said the March for Our Lives crowd was mostly women, making up nearly 70 percent of the crowd.
Seventy-nine percent of the crowd identified as “left-leaning” and 89 percent reported voting for Hillary Clinton, but Fisher says the March did “mobilize a broader group, including many new protesters and more moderates, than some previous marches.”
Fisher said she was surprised to find that many of the participants weren’t motivated by gun control.
She said only 12 percent of the people who were first-time protesters said they were marching for gun control.
Instead, “issues of peace” and “Trump” were the inspiring forces.
“It’s one thing to turn out to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ariana Grande perform,” Fisher wrote, “and quite another to vote in the midterm election in November.”