Poll: Three in Ten US Voters Say “Armed Revolution Might be Necessary”

Sprit_of_'76.2Jillian Rayfield writes at Salon:

A new survey of voters by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds that 29 percent agree with the statement,  “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties” – including 18 percent of Democrats, 27 percent of Independents and 44 percent of Republicans.

From the survey:

Only 38 percent of Americans who believe a revolution might be necessary support additional gun control legislation, compared with 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,” said Cassino. “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.”

The poll also found that 25 percent of those surveyed “think that facts about the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary last year are being hidden.” 11 percent are unsure.

15 Comments on "Poll: Three in Ten US Voters Say “Armed Revolution Might be Necessary”"

  1. emperorreagan | May 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

    So basically 44% of republicans think violent revolution may be necessary because they’re not getting their way right now? Because a black dude passed a healthcare law the republicans of 20 years ago would’ve loved? Because we’re not moving quickly enough towards some sort of anarcho-capitalist dystopia for them?

    • ⚔Christophuh⚔ | May 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

      you forgot this part…”including 18 percent of Democrats, 27 percent of Independents” ….But you did remember to include a racist slur, just like a good democrat.

      • What racist slur?

      • it’s the usual calling for leadership, order, and promises fulfillment
        someone who can clean up messes and sort out “keep” from “change”, “stay” from “fetch”, etc.

      • emperorreagan | May 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm |

        What makes you think I identify as a democrat?

        Independent is meaningless as a classification. It covers a wide variety of political affiliations. It can be a catch-all that covers everyone from socialists to libertarians. It can cover people who vote republican or democratic straight tickets but for some reason like to think of themselves as independent. It happens that in this case, the independent position reflects the overall average for the survey, which is what one would expect.

        The bulk of the sample (80%) identified as democrat or republican anyway.

        The reason I focused on the republicans and ignored 18% of democrats? Because 61% of the democrats said no to the violent revolution question, whereas 31% of republicans said no.

        Racist slur? Meaning that I implied there is a racist element to some attitudes people take? Sure. I implied exactly that. I’ll toss in a side of gun hysteria (not any actual concern for liberty) for the other element driving these results.

  2. BuzzCoastin | May 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm |

    first comes Lies, then damned lies, and finally, statistics

  3. Go suck a bag of dicks.

  4. Kurtis Wichmann | May 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm |

    The great thing will be the greatly underarmed right will be quickly exterminated by the armed forces and we might get back to the America we once knew.

    • I know dude. I tried patiently explaining that even if A) said GOP friend had all the guns he needed, and B) even lots of tanks, and C) even lots of planes, and D) even artillery, and E) even a few million friends ready to join and help, and F) even time to train without disturbance, and G) even a chance to strike first…

      …they’d still be less trouble to dust up than Iraq. They would all lose…completely, spectacularly, and pathetically. So maybe murdering people to get their way (which really is ‘their way’…no one else wants it) just isn’t the route to take.

  5. They say that because they’re frustrated, but less than 1% of them would actually be prepared to see their own neighborhoods turned into war zones over the stuff they gripe about on Facebook.

  6. Apathesis | May 3, 2013 at 6:21 am |

    Were equal numbers of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans surveyed?
    Doubt it. I was never polled for this survey, and only 863 people were contacted. Another bogus statistic that is hardly representative of how all the people in the USA really feel.

  7. davakins | May 3, 2013 at 8:36 am |

    It’s simple: Seven out of ten of us are not bigots.

  8. Rus Archer | May 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm |

    “poll of 863 registered voters”
    this poll = statistically insignificant
    the sample base represents less than 1% of the population
    next i’ll start posting my conversations with friends as statistically representative of the u.s. population

    • Calypso_1 | May 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm |

      Even without looking at what techniques they used for cluster sampling this number of individuals would yield 3.5-5.0% margin of error at 99% confidence interval for the entire population at random…not even the subset of voters.

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