Nearly one-third Americans would support military coup: Poll

Washington, Sep 13: Nearly a third of Americans could imagine a situation in which they would support a military coup against their own government, according to a new poll.

To a question 'Is there any situation in which you could imagine yourself supporting the US military taking over the powers of federal government', 29 per cent said 'yes'.

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The survey by YouGov - that conducts internet polls about "politics, public affairs, products, brands and other topics of general interest", however, had 41 per cent of 1,000 online respondents answering in the negative to the question - that they could not imagine supporting such an event.

The survey showed that 43 per cent of Republicans would support a military coup in certain instances, while only 20 per cent of Democrats and 29 per cent of independents would.

The overall numbers increased when participants were "asked whether they would hypothetically support the military stepping in to take control from a civilian government which is beginning to violate the constitution".

As many as 43 per cent said yes to this while 29 per cent said no, the Guardian reported yesterday, citing the survey figures from the UK-based market research firm.

Abraham Wyner, director of the undergraduate programme in statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, said that online polls were "worse than just about any other way you can put together a poll".

It was because they were prone to selection bias, meaning proper randomisation was not achieved and the sample was not representative of the population – since people can choose to participate, he added.

"People who are participating in an online poll are generally attracted to that poll because of some variable, some characteristic which is connected typically to one outcome or the other in that poll," Wyner said.


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