Poll: 29 percent of registered U.S. voters feel armed revolution necessary
Questions focused on gun control, liberty
America became a nation when it drew up its own Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and then backed that up with an armed military response against British soldiers. The United States is founded largely due to risking life and limb in the pursuit of self-determination. Respondents in a recent poll now say that an armed revolution among the American people may now be necessary to secure the right and privileges as guaranteed by our Constitution.
Respondents in a recent poll now say that an armed revolution among the American people may now be necessary to secure the right and privileges as guaranteed by our Constitution.
According to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University, 863 registered voters were surveyed in the last week of April. The poll had a margin of error of 3.4, focused on both gun control and the possibility of a need for an armed revolution in the United States to protect liberty.
"In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties," was the question posed to voters, and asked whether respondents agreed, disagreed, neither agreed nor disagreed or did not know or refused to respond to the statement.
Twenty-nine percent said they agreed, 47 percent said they disagreed, 18 percent said they neither agreed nor disagreed, 5 percent said they were unsure, and 1 percent refused to respond.
Results of the poll show that those who believe a revolution might be necessary differ greatly along party lines: 18 percent were Democrats, 27 percent of Independents and 44 percent of Republicans.
In addition, the poll found that 38 percent of Americans who believe a revolution might be necessary support additional gun control legislation, compared to 62 percent of those who don't think an armed revolt will be needed.
"The differences in views of gun legislation are really a function of differences in what people believe guns are for," Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and analyst for the poll said.
"If you truly believe an armed revolution is possible in the near future, you need weapons and you're going to be wary about government efforts to take them away."
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