Americans Fear Guns over Terrorism
More Americans are more worried about being a victim of gun violence than a victim of terrorism, according to a McClatchy/Marist poll. Of the Americans surveyed, 63 percent said they feared they or someone they know would die as a result of gun violence, compared with the 29 percent who said they register terrorist attacks as more of a fear.
The poll also shows a split between Republican and Democrats as to what they perceive as a bigger threat. Some 77 percent of Democrats surveyed viewed guns as a bigger fear over terrorism, while Republicans saw terrorism as a bigger threat by 55-45. Tea party supporters were also skewed more toward viewing terrorism as a bigger threat by a 57-37 percent margin.
African-American voters have the biggest concern about guns: 71 percent say they’re worried about being a victim of gun violence and only 13 percent are afraid of being caught in a terrorist attack.