The poll, which surveyed 863 registered voters and 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 US to protect liberty.
The survey asked respondents about their opinion of the following statement:
"In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties".
- 29% agreed,
- 47% disagreed,
- 18% neither agreed nor disagreed,
- 5% unsure, and
- 1% refused to respond.
Results of the poll show that those who believe a revolution might be necessary differ greatly along party lines:
- 18% of Democrats
- 27% of Independents
- 44% of Republicans
The poll found that 38% of Americans who believe a revolution might be necessary support additional gun control legislation compared to 62% of those who don't think an armed revolt will be needed.
Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and analyst for the poll, says:
"The differences in views of gun legislation are really a function of differences in what people believe guns are for. 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 was conducted nationally between April 22 and April 28, 2013.