According to a new Rasmussen poll, 65 percent of adults surveyed by phone believe the right to bear arms exists so Americans can “protect themselves from tyranny.”
Only 17 percent disagree and 18 percent were undecided.
The partisan breakdown still reveals that the majority of Americans believe the Second Amendment is to protect against tyranny: 54 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of “those not affiliated with either major party” agree that the right to own a gun ensures freedom.
Of those with a gun in the family, 72 percent believe the right to bear arms is designed to protect against tyranny. Even a majority of those without a gun — 57 percent — believe the Second Amendment provides that protection.
And even though the favorability of the National Rifle Association is down to 49 percent from 54 percent in July 2011, it’s clear that Americans still believe in the Second Amendment and the right to protection it supplies.
Take that, Piers Morgan.
The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on Jan. 16-17. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.