A QUARTER of Americans say they are ready to take up arms against the government
A QUARTER of Americans say they are ready to take up arms against the government: poll also shows that more than a third of those who currently own guns
- The poll, which polled a pool of 1,000 American voters, was conducted in May by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.
- Thirty-seven percent who supported armed insurgency against the government currently own guns, poll shows
- The survey found that, overall, 49 percent of Americans agreed that they “increasingly feel like a stranger in my own country.”
According to a new poll released Thursday, more than a quarter of Americans – 28 percent – said it “may soon be necessary to take up arms” against the US government.
Of those who thought so, 37 percent currently own guns, the poll shows.
The poll also found that a majority of Americans — both liberal and conservative — felt their government was “corrupt and rigged against ordinary people like me.”
The survey, which polled a pool of 1,000 American voters, was conducted by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in May.
The poll revealed deep differences between Americans of differing views, with nearly identical percentages of Republicans and Democrats (73 and 74 percent) saying the other side are “generally bullies who want to impose their political beliefs on those who don’t have it.” agree’.
The poll comes as the US House Select Committee’s investigation into President Trump’s role in the violent Jan. 6 uprising against the Capitol airs nationwide.
The survey found that a total of 49 percent of Americans agreed that they are “increasingly feeling like a stranger in my own country.”
The collapse of the political leanings of those who felt that sentiment characterized the rest of the survey — 69 percent of voters calling themselves “highly conservative” expressed this, while only 38 percent of self-proclaimed “strong Democrats” that did .
Voters’ mistrust of elections – which rejected the January 6 riots – also followed similar lines. While 56 percent of Americans believed they “generally trust that elections are fair and accurately counted,” party divisions among those who felt so were wide.
Eighty percent of Democrats expressed confidence in elections, while only 51 percent of independents and 33 percent of Republicans polled said they did.
More than a quarter of Americans — 28 percent — said it “may soon be necessary to take up arms” against the US government, according to a new poll released Thursday.
Armed protesters demonstrate in front of the Virginia State House in Richmond on January 18, 2022
A third of Republicans polled believed armed resistance to the government might soon be necessary, while 35 percent of independent voters felt so and 20 percent of Democrats.
Nearly half of those surveyed said they avoid talking to people about politics “because I don’t know where they stand,” and a quarter said they’ve lost friends and avoided friends and relatives because of politics.
“While we’ve documented partisan polarization in the country for years, these poll results are perhaps the clearest evidence of the deep divisions in partisan attitudes rippling across the country,” said pollster Neil Newhouse, who is a Republican. He conducted the poll with pollster Joel Benenson, a Democrat.