May 5, 2013

Revolutionary Math II

Bob Owens
The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

If you read the Drudge Report this is probably old news to you, but he linked to a poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University yesterday that frankly surprised me. I know many Americans I talk to and hear from on a daily basis are unhappy about the state of the nation and especially the overall direction we seem to be going in, but couldn’t have imagined that so many Americans think a Second Revolutionary War may be necessary,and soon:
Twenty-nine percent of registered voters think that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties, according to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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 United States to protect liberty.
The survey asked whether respondents agreed, disagreed, neither agreed nor disagreed or did not know or refused to respond to the statement: “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties”
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 of Democrats
  • 27 percent of Independents
  • 44 percent of Republicans
If you would have asked me to guess at what the results to this question would have been,  I would have guessed maybe 10%-15% were thinking that an armed revolution might be necessary to restore a constitutional Republic. 29% roughly doubles that, and frankly changes the dynamics of the situation.
This is a poll result I’m going to spend some time digesting. I’m not sure how valid it is, or more importantly, what it really means, or how that may translate into reactions to certain stimuli.
We live in interesting times.
[If you missed it, read the original Revolutionary Math]