CNN Poll On Arizona Shootings: The Public Gets It Even If The Pundits Don’t
CNN is out with the first real post-Arizona poll of public opinion and the results are quite interesting.
Washington (CNN) – Americans feel sadness, anger and shock in the wake of the tragic events in Tucson, Arizona, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates there’s plenty of blame to go around over the shootings, but two-thirds of the public is pessimistic that the government or society can prevent something like this from happening again.
Here are a few bullet points:
1. On the question of whether the shootings made respondents more or less likely to support increased gun control regulation:
- More likely — 28%
- Less likely — 3%
- No change — 69%
2. On what factors respondents blame for the shootings
- 52% place a “great deal” or moderate amount of blame on gun control law, 47% say gun control laws played little or no role in the shootings
- 48% place a “great deal” or moderate amount of blame on harsh or violent political rhetoric, 49% believe that rhetoric played little or no role
- 35% place a “great deal” or moderate amount of blame on Sarah Palin’s “target map,” 59% believe it played little or no role
- 70% place a “great deal” or moderate amount of blame on the state of mental health care, 28% believe it played little or no role
3. On likelihood that harsh or violent political rhetoric could cause a future Tucson-like incident:
- Very likely — 25%
- Somewhat likely — 29%
- Somewhat unlikely — 19%
- Very unlikely — 26%
- No opinion — 5%
The public doesn’t seem to be at all convinced of the “tone” arguments that some pundits made to try to assign blame for what happened in Tucson, and they seem to have a greater appreciation for the role that mental health issues play in cases like this. Perhaps the guys on CNN and MSNBC should get a clue.