Princeton professor Omar Wasow has a relevant paper that examined county-level voting patterns in the 1960s. What he found is that exposure to nonviolent protests pushed people to vote for the more liberal presidential candidate, while exposure to violent ones pushed people to vote for the more conservative candidate.It's just one study, and it probably proves what Wasow wanted to prove, but still. Violent protests are anti-democratic and wrong, and they probably hurt your cause anyway. Just don't.
The effect is large enough, according to Wasow, that the series of riots in 1968 swung the election to Richard Nixon.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Violent Protests, This Time with Science