Who Persists in the Resistance?

With numerous large-scale marches having taken place since the Resistance began with the 2017 Women’s March, my research has found that people are turning out again-and-again to march for various issues across the progressive spectrum.  One of the questions that I’ve recently focused on is what explains who has persisted?


In a new paper, Lorien Jasny and I answer this specific question.  We find that the two major predictors of persistence are: (1) having contacted your elected official in the past 12 months and (2) being motivated by the issue of Reproductive Rights.  We also find that being motivated by the political system in general is negatively associated with coming out again-and-again.

Overall, these findings provide additional evidence that the participants in the Resistance are engaging in politics in their local communities and Congressional districts.