Protest researchers have analyzed who is taking to the streets for the climate. The strikers are not only students and predominantly female.
As with high school graduation, women and girls outnumber men at Fridays for Future Photo: imago/IPON
When activist Greta Thunberg steps up to the microphone at the next Fridays for Future demonstration in Berlin on March 29, many of the protesters will meet her inspirational figure: this can be seen in figures from a recent study by the Institute for Protest and Movement Research, for which participants in the global day of protest on March 15 were surveyed.
40 percent said that Thunberg had strengthened their interest in the topic "quite" or "very much," and for another 29 percent this was at least "somewhat" the case. Under the title "A new protest generation?" further findings of the survey can be read, in which demo visitors in Berlin and Bremen took part.
The average age of 25.8 years at the rallies, which were apostrophized as "school strikes", is surprising. However, for legal reasons, only participants aged 14 and older were surveyed, and of those surveyed, more than half were younger than 19. The average is driven up by the 45-plus generation, which accounted for a good seventh of the total.
40 percent with no party preference
This means they are only slightly less well represented than people between , who make up 18 percent. Some of these are likely to be skipping college instead of school: At least the figures show that more than one in two has or is aiming for a university entrance qualification.
As with the Abitur, women and girls are also in the majority at Fridays for Future: With a ratio of around 58 to 42, the Friday demonstrations are clearly more female than others. Politically, almost four-fifths of respondents place themselves on the left side of the political spectrum. However, at the same time, 40 percent say they have "no party preference."
The protest researchers evaluated a sample of 339 people, which was classified as "largely representative. The German part of the study was conducted in an international project with researchers from Sweden, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.