Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Twenty-nine percent

A national opinion survey on gun control attitudes post-Sandy Hook conducted by Fairleigh Dickenson University' PublicMind Poll sees Americans as deeply divided on the issue.

But the survey takes its questions on the issue in a direction other pollsters have not. A news release containing the poll findings says, in part:
Partisan divisions on gun control go deeper than the legislation being fought over in
Congress. Supporters and opponents of gun control have very different fundamental beliefs about the role of guns in American society. Overall, the poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years, with another five percent unsure. However, these beliefs are conditional on party. Just 18 percent of Democrats think an armed revolution may be necessary, as opposed to 44 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents.  
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 (Dan) 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.
Dan Cassino, cited in the release, is a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson who served as an analyst on the poll project.  For those unfamiliar with it, Fairleigh Dickinson is the largest private university in New Jersey.

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