Nearly half of Republicans think an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect Americans’ liberties. The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll was released last week and indicated that a certain portion of the United States population might revolt against the federal government.
Although the poll related it to gun control legislation, today’s political climate might point out to a boiling point relating to economic collapse, a government transforming into authoritarianism and violations of liberties.
Overall, more than one-quarter of Americans (29 percent) endorse the concept that an armed revolution might be necessary in the future – five percent are unsure – but the notion is split. When it comes to Democrats, 18 percent agree that an armed revolution might be necessary, while 44 percent of Republican voters believed it’s necessary and 27 percent of Independents say it might be important.
The poll also found differing opinions when it comes to gun control legislation. Close to three-quarters (73 percent) of Democrats urge Congress to pass enhanced gun control laws, while two-thirds (65 percent) don’t think additional gun control laws are needed. On an overall basis, it’s generally split: 50 percent responded that it’s needed and 39 percent disagreed.
More than one-third (38 percent) of Americans who believe a revolution might be necessary support extra gun control legislation, while nearly two-thirds (62 percent) who want more gun laws don’t believe an armed revolution will be necessary.
“The differences in views of gun legislation are really a function of differences in what people believe guns are for,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the poll, said in a media release from PublicMind. “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 study also pegged people’s opinions about a potential conspiracy related to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in order to advance a political agenda. One-quarter agreed, while 44 percent disagreed, but 22 percent neither agreed nor disagreed and 11 percent were unsure.
“If there was a bipartisan moment after Sandy Hook to pass gun control legislation, it’s past,” Cassino said. “Partisan views have strongly re-asserted themselves, and there’s no sign that they’ll get any weaker.”
Through the reign of President Obama, many have been concerned that the Commander in Chief is becoming like a king because of the overstretching legislation, whether it’s economical, social or constitutional, and the numerous executive orders.
“I’m against having a king. I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress – that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch,” stated Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul in an interview with CBN News in January. “I’ve been opposed to executive orders, even with Republican presidents. But one that wants to infringe on the Second Amendment, we will fight tooth and nail.”
With the rise of big government, politicians ignoring the constitution, the economy on the verge of utter collapse and the American people becoming desperate, perhaps an armed revolution might happen for a variety of reasons, not just over armory.
The telephone survey was conducted with 863 registered voters between Apr. 22 and Apr. 28. The poll contains a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.