The question of whether those participating in the “Moral Monday” protests are outsiders as Republicans have asserted may soon have some answers.
A research team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is planning to be at tonight's rally to conduct a study of where the protesters are from. The study is being headed by Fred Stutzman and will involve a team of eight researchers who will do a scientific sampling of the crowd.
Last week, WRAL-TV also looked at the issue by examining the police records of those arrested. It found that of the 388 people arrested over six weeks, only eight were from outside North Carolina or 2 percent.
The UNC study will be the first look at the protesters attending the rally – as opposed to the much smaller group that gets arrests.
Gov. Pat McCrory, state Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope and various GOP lawmakers have sought blame outsiders for the protests.
“Outsiders are coming, and they're going to try to do to us what they did to Scott Walker in Wisconsin,” McCrory said at the state GOP convention in Charlotte.