(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) According to a recent survey, more than a quarter of U.S. voters feel so alienated from the government that they believe it may “soon be necessary to take up arms” against it.
The survey, which was taken by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, showed that 28% of the 1,000 registered U.S. voters agreed and said yes to the question, Just the News reported.
One in 3 Republicans and Independent voters held this view, compared to 1 in 5 Democrats.
The results of the survey were published in the midst of the Jan. 6 witch hunts, which are largely focused on attempting to find reasons to put former President Donald Trump and members of his inner circle in jail.
The survey results also come after several controversial rulings by the Supreme Court, including the overturn of Roe v. Wade, limiting of the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency and promotion of school choice.
The survey was authored by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse and Democrat pollster Joel Benenson.
According to its authors, the survey was designed to “probe polarization and its relationship to the news sources upon which Americans rely in a fractionated media environment.”
“The portrait that it paints reveals not only the growing divides we have witnessed in recent years but strong sentiments that the majority of media outlets contribute to these divisions by intentionally misleading their audiences to promote a political point of view,” the institute opined.
Another line of questioning in the survey asked participants if they believed particular news networks were attempting to make “a good faith effort to report the news.”
The survey found that 47% of participants believed CNN was making that effort, while 41% said the network tries “to mislead their viewers to persuade people to take a political point of view.”
Only 1 in 3 who were surveyed believed Fox News passed the “good faith” test.