Poll: 29% Think Armed Rebellion Might Soon Be Necessary


Sahil Kapur – tpmdc

Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years, according to the results of a staggering poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

Poll 29 Think Armed Rebellion Might Soon Be Necessary

The survey, aimed at measuring public attitudes toward gun issues, found that 29 percent of Americans agree with the statement, “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” An additional five percent were unsure.

Eighteen percent of Democrats said an armed revolt “might be necessary,” as compared to 27 percent of independents and 44 percent of Republicans. Support levels were similar among males and females but higher among less educated voters.

The poll also found that 25 percent of voters believe the American public is being lied to about the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting by people seeking to promote a political agenda. An additional 11 percent said they weren’t sure.

The eye-opening findings serve as a reminder that Americans’ deeply held beliefs about gun rights have a tendency to cross over into outright conspiracy theories about a nefarious government seeking to trample their constitutional rights — paranoia that pro-gun groups like the National Rifle Association have at times helped stoke. The data help explain why even the most modest gun safety laws face tremendous, intense opposition.

The poll, conducted between April 22-28, surveyed 863 randomly selected registered voters across the country and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

One Response

  1. 5 War Veteran says:

    These polls are interesting, though not conclusive. Take the poll in an educate region and the numbers will change. Take the poll in a area where hunting is part of the lifestyle and they will increase.
    Take the poll in an inner city and you never know what you will get as long as it comes with a handout.
    Why do so many Americans feel this way? Why do they think armed actions will be necessary?
    Pay attention. In short order you will figure it out.

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