A look at online petitioners against the WMATA bag search policy

The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition and the DC Civil Liberties Coalition have been promoting an online petition against WMATA’s random bag search policy; the URL is http://tinyurl.com/wmata-petition. The wording is simple:

We the undersigned oppose random bag searches of metro passengers as unconstitutional, ineffective and misguided. We demand that WMATA immediately discontinue the searches.

The first signature was on 12/19/2010; five days later, well over 500 people have joined the petition.

571 petitioners against WMATA bag search policy, 12/24/2010

Number of petitioners, afternoon of 12/24/2010

Petitioners are more or less evenly divided between Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Maryland, DC, Virginia represented nearly equally, 12/24/2010

Percentage and number of petitioners by state, afternoon of 12/24/2010

Nearly 60 percent of petitioners commute to/from work or school using Metro; nearly half (45 percent) said they use the system for other trips ten or more times a month.  (UPDATE, 12/25: Additional analysis shows that nearly three quarters (73 percent) report one or both of these Metro usage patterns.)

Nearly 60% of petitioners commute using Metro, 12/24/2010

Percentage and number of petitioners by current use of Metro system, afternoon of 12/24/2010

The costs of the bag search policy for future use of Metro by these petitioners could be serious: over 80 percent report they will use WMATA less often if the bag search policy is implemented.

Over 80% of petitioners will use Metro less often if policy is implemented, 12/24/2010

Percentage and number of petitioners by consequence to future use of Metro system, afternoon of 12/24/2010

The impact of the misguided Metro policy has been galvanizing: a substantial majority of petitioners (63 percent) want to know how they can help oppose this and other civil rights abuses.

Over 60% of petitioners OK future contact about this and other civil rights abuses, 12/24/2010

Percentage and number of petitioners OKing future contact about this and other civil rights abuses, 12/24/2010

We urge all interested — and especially all who answered this question with a “Yes” — to join both the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition announcement-only (get periodic emailings from MCCRC) and discussion listservs (members can post messages to this listserv). Please look in your inboxes — or spam filters — for notifications about both listservs.

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One Response to A look at online petitioners against the WMATA bag search policy

  1. Pingback: Talking points against the random bag searches | Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

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