According to various sources, over 200,000 attended Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” on Saturday. Of course, comparisons are being made to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally, which took place in August.
However the calculations and comparisons vary tremendously depending on who you ask. CBS News estimates 215,000 attended the “Rally to Restore Sanity” and only 87,000 to Beck’s rally. If you remember, others were estimating the “Restoring Honor” rally had over a million people, and still others said it was between 300,000 and 500,000.
From pictures and video, it does seem like Saturday’s rally had more people in attendance than Beck’s. But since there’s not an exact turnstile count for every person there, we’ll never really know. And does it really matter? It shouldn’t be all about the numbers. What we do know is that a lot of people were at each event.