A new poll showing that more than four in ten registered Republican voters believe an “armed revolution” may be necessary in the next few years echoes rhetoric employed by Fox News personalities.
The poll, released on May 1 by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, found that 29 percent of Americans, including 44 percent of Republicans, agreed with the statement, “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” From Talking Points Memo:
The survey, aimed at measuring public attitudes toward gun issues, 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.” An additional five percent were unsure.
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 similar among males and females but higher among less educated voters.
The belief that armed rebellion may be necessary is reminiscent of rhetoric heard from Fox figures, who have agitated for and invoked revolution over President Obama and his administration's policies.
In January, Fox News Radio reporter Todd Starnes warned, “If they, in fact, try to confiscate our guns, I think there will be a revolution.”
Fox News contributor Keith Ablow told the crowd at an April Tea Party rally that they were like “slaves” who have become “enslaved by the notion of ever-increasing taxes,” health care, and gun laws, adding: “That can't stand, because slaves always revolt.”
And Fox News regular Donald Trump called for a “revolution” following President Obama's November re-election, writing on Twitter, “He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!” He added: “More votes equals a loss...revolution!” Trump's tweets were later deleted.