Poll: 29% Think Armed Rebellion Might Soon Be Necessary

Gun dealer Mel Bernstein takes down an AK-47 assault rifle from a sales rack at his own Dragonman's shooting range and gun store, east of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 5, 2013.Talking Points Memo – by SAHIL KAPUR

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.

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 the Second Amendment — 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.



Sahil Kapur is a congressional reporter for TPM. He previously covered politics and public policy for numerous publications including The Guardian and The Huffington Post. He can be reached at sahil [at] talkingpointsmemo.com.


11 thoughts on “Poll: 29% Think Armed Rebellion Might Soon Be Necessary

  1. And….. if 29% per cent think armed rebellion is necessary, and 90% are in favor or gun control (according to Feinstein), then at least 20% are suffering from multiple personality disorder, or someone’s lying.

  2. My Fellow Patriots:

    It is with great reluctance and sadness that an incontrovertible truth must be expressed:

    Mathematically,.. there is no other option – If we wish to preserve our Liberties,.. our Property,… and secure a future for our Posterity,.. we MUST undertake the unthinkable, and abolish this perfidous filth, the treasonous insurrection called the US Fed Gov’t by the only method that they cannot refuse,.. by armed rebellion.

    It is a 100% fact that this criminal cable of pyschopaths has long exceeded its lifespan, and as gov’t of the American people,.. has long out lived its legitimacy and usefulness.

    The day we decide we are no longer willing to tolerate being victims, being molested, being stolen from, beat down, imprisioned and murdered by this bastion of Hard-Core-Communists, or more simply,… Bunch-Of-Pyschos,… is when this effort to stop this from progressing any further, and to restore ALL that has been stolen from us will be intiated.

    This is the day the “Second shot heard round the world” will truly be fired,… and then followed in rapid succession,.. by a phalanx of other munitions,… all released by Freedom Loving Americans who have simply,.. had enough.

    That day is fast approaching.

    Stay frosty, keep loose,.. stay alive for the fight. We need EVERY Patriot this country has to offer.

    JD – US Marines – At the ready,… Sir!

  3. Well…thanks to California’s new gun confiscation bill, I believe that 29% will jump to 50% real quick, if it hasn’t done so already.

  4. Shoulder to shoulder we shall against them and prevail my friends, and the time goes near.

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