Researchers find 'Moral Monday' crowd mostly from North Carolina
Of 316 protesters surveyed, 311 live in North Carolina. The average age of a protesters Monday night was 53, but a quarter were under age 36.Posted — Updated
The protests, which have been led by the NAACP, have been organized to express opposition to a number of policies put forward by the Republican-controlled legislature. Spending on health care and changes to voting procedures have been staple targets of the protests, although Monday night's speeches focused on the environment and women's health.
During the past two weeks, lawmakers and other high-profile Republicans, including state party Chairman Claude Pope, have dismissed the protesters as "outsiders." That line has been refined in recent days to say that there are "outside influences" on the protests. In fact, groups such as the Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project have helped provide organization and media outreach for protesters.
- 317 protesters were surveyed, 316 of which gave valid ZIP codes. Of those 316, 311 were from North Carolina.
- Out-of-state protesters surveyed came from Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.
- The average age of a protester Monday night was 53, but a quarter were under age 36.
- Roughly half of those surveyed had participated in a prior Moral Monday event.
The ethnicity of those surveyed broke down as follows:
Stutzman also provided a map of where the North Carolina participants were from.