I didn't write that this was a running poll over 12-20 years. Obviously opinions fluctuated during such a long time span. In fact at some point, we might all be right during that time. I was specifically talking about during the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.<quoted text>You still don't get it do you?
The revolution wasn't a one day event. It took place over a period of 12-20 years, depending on where one assigns a start and finish date.
Do you think that a large percentage of colonists supported an armed revolution in 1763?
I think much of what happened was reactionary. It's much like today's unrest. Back then, we had the Intolerable Acts. Today we have the Nevada Rancher. I think back then (and throughout history) the percentage of people believing one way vs. another in political beliefs were very similar to today. There have always been about 40% cons, 20% libs, and 40% don't know wtf they are doing. That's exactly why those historians that have come up with the 40-45% ballpark are probably right.
Those Nevada militia guys aren't thinking, "I want armed revolution." They are thinking, "wtf do you think you are to tell us how to live our lives?" The arms are just means to an end, provided by the same guys that had to take care of business the first time.