This Survey Reveals Why the Women’s March is a Historical Moment

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Analysts are now predicting that tomorrow’s Women’s March will be the largest Inauguration Day protest in the history of the U.S. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend the main event in Washington D.C. Sister marches will be held in major cities across the U.S., with attendance numbers equally as impressive.

New York is expecting a crowd of about 75,000. Los Angeles is expecting 70,000. Current projections for Seattle are at 50,000. And about 40,000 people are expected to march in Chicago.

It’s massive. It’s coordinated. And it’s going to make history.

But for many people, the estimated turnout numbers come as a surprise. To be fair, the original organizer, Rebecca Shook, had no idea it would become such a hit, either. But Emily Crockett thinks she knows why the march is so popular. In an op-ed published in Vox, she explains why the movement has gained so much momentum.

“The 2016 presidential election was, of course, dominated by gender politics,” Crockett writes. “But until now we had very little data, other than exit polls, on what voters really thought about specific gender issues and how they potentially shaped their votes.”

Crockett points to a specific survey that reveals how Americans feel about women’s rights and gender equality in general. The survey, conducted by PerryUndem (a nonpartisan public opinion research facility), spanned a total of 120 questions. The sampling is based off the responses of 1,302 participants.

To start things off, 93% of respondents said that they support equality for women. But it’s the political questions that really gave insight into why so many people are participating in the Women’s March.

Remember Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape that showed him bragging about sexual assault? Well, it turns out that a lot of people were off-put by his remarks.

83% of respondents reported that they were familiar with the tape. Of that 83%, an overwhelming majority (91%) said that they found Trump’s comments “unacceptable.” Meanwhile, 61% reported feeling “upset” by the comments he made.

I think Emily Crockett is right in the sense that attitudes about women have changed. As such, it’s propelled people to take action. I, for one, am curious to see how all of this pans out. I’m even more curious to see how Trump will react to the march.

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