Post by Stephen on Mar 21, 2010 18:18:12 GMT -5
Justed to be wondering out loud here....who took the poll in 1776 that resulted in only 10% of the population in favor of revolution. Before or after the Boston Massacre ,which seemed to be the catalyst.
Most sources place the number as low as 3% and as high as 30%. The generally agree number is between 10 and 12%. As to the time period, these numbers are based on the peak popularity of the revolutionary movement.
I believe the numbers were formed according to the same statistical analysis performed for WWII casualties, etc. That is, the number of soldiers active in the revolutionary cause was multiplied by the number of persons in the average family of the time, then measured against the overall population.
I'm sure you can find out more with a little research. A number of such studies have been done. All are subjective, of course, but based on criteria for forming a reasonable estimate.