IU Sociologist Says Antiwar Movement May Do Harm To Democrats

IU Assistant Professor of Sociology Fabio Rojas says many activists feel Democrats aren't listening to their demands for peace.

An Indiana University sociologist says the antiwar movement could do more harm than good for Democrats in 2008. IU Assistant Professor of Sociology Fabio Rojas says activists could revolt in the upcoming election if they feel their votes being taken for granted. He says many activists feel Democrats aren’t listening to their demands for peace. Rojas says this frustration is leading many antiwar groups to send out an ultimatum.

However, Rojas says the boundary between political movements and political parties is more blurry than many people imagine. He calls the space where the two mingle the “Party in the Streets.” Rojas says politicians could use this interaction to rally support. Rojas’s research was conducted jointly with a University of Florida political scientist. Their findings come from surveys with antiwar organizers and protesters.

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