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Poll: 29% of Americans think 'armed revolution' coming soon

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Kristen Butler, UPI.com
Various semiautomatic handguns are displayed in a case at G. A. T. Guns in Dundee, Illinois on June 28, 2010. (File/UPI/Brian Kersey)
Various semiautomatic handguns are displayed in a case at G. A. T. Guns in Dundee, Illinois on June 28, 2010. (File/UPI/Brian Kersey) | License Photo

Many Americans believe armed rebellion is on the horizon, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.

The survey measures public attitudes toward guns and gun issues. It 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." Five percent were "unsure" about that statement.

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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 higher among less educated voters, but similar along gender lines.

It turns out a full quarter of Americans believe the Newtown shooting was a so-called "false flag" operation orchestrated by the government to push stricter gun control.

The poll found that 25 percent of voters believe the American public is being lied to about the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting "in order to advance a political agenda." An additional 11 percent said they weren’t sure.

The statement "Congress needs to pass new laws to protect the public from gun violence," was agreed to by 50 percent of Americans. The poll found that 39 percent disagree, and 2 percent were unsure.

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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.

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