RALEIGH, N.C. -- As the number of “Moral Monday” protestors arrested inside the legislative building in Raleigh grows to almost 500, so does the debate over whether the protestors represent North Carolina. To find out, a UNC researcher and a conservative think tank have each conducted their own demographic surveys of protestors.
UNC researcher Fred Stutzman sent six examiners into the crowd at this Monday’s demonstration and asked 316 protestors a series of questions about their home zip code, age, gender and whether they had attended a “Moral Monday” protest before. Stutzman says his research found that 311 of the 315 surveyed were from North Carolina.
Earlier this month, Governor Pat McCrory told a Republican crowd that the protestors were “outsiders” and compared them to protestors in Wisconsin who tried to oust Governor Scott Walker.
But Stutzman concluded the protestors were overwhelmingly homegrown.
At the same time, a conservative Raleigh think tank, the Civitas Institute, researched arrest records for 383 protestors arrested between April 29 and June 10. The group concluded the protestors who were arrested were older and whiter than the census portrait of North Carolina and much more likely to come from the Triangle – Orange, Durham and Wake counties.
You can see the two sets of numbers for yourself and the methodology for each in the links below: