Anti-war sentiment in Worcester

posted by Mike on January 31st, 2006

Each Tuesday afternoon for years there’s been a peace vigil in Lincoln Square. To pass the time, the vigilers count the number of positive and negative responses from people driving by.

Apparently the upcoming State of the Union speech had Worcesterites riled up today–check out the high ratio of positive:negative reponses (117:6). We haven’t seen anti-war sentiment like this since the height of Cindy Sheehan Fever.

Reaction to Worcester Lincoln Square Peace Vigil: Negative vs. positive responses in 2005 (and 2006)

I think that the vigil gets a higher ratio of positive responses than you’d get if you did a phone survey; most people shy away from confronting demonstrators if they disagree. But the trend over time is a different story. I think it reflects the changing mood of the area.

(This scatterplot is designed for the page rather than the screen–hope you don’t have to squint too much. A screen-friendly scatterplot will debut in 2006. Some weeks have no dot on the scatterplot because nobody wrote the numbers down.)

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  1. On February 16, 2006 at 16:10 Joseph Hill said:

    Thanks for posting, Mike…and thanks to the rest of the good folks who took the lead in organizing this vigil those (too) many months ago.

    ”For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”
    —T.S. Eliot

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