Questionable Poll Suggests 29% of U.S. Sees Urgent Need for Rebellion

By Philip Bump

May 2, 2013

Fairleigh Dickinson's PublicMind Polls released a doozy of a survey on Wednesday afternoon. According to their research, Americans generally want new gun laws. Oh, and a quarter of us see a conspiracy in the Sandy Hook shootings and three-in-ten think armed rebellion is imminently necessary.

PublicMind buries those second two datapoints in the third paragraph of their press release (whichwas spotted by Talking Points Memo). You'd think that research indicating that some 89 million Americans think armed rebellion might be necessary "in the next few years" would make it into the headline (we did!) or at least one of the first few lines. But, nope. (A bit of optimism: The survey does have a 3.4 percent margin of error, so it could be as few as 79 million Americans who are reaching for their AR-15s.)

Read more at The Atlantic Wire.

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By Philip Bump

May 2, 2013

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