Poll Says Americans are More Worried About Terrorism than Gun Violence
A new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that Americans are far more concerned about terrorism than gun violence.
Sixty-four percent of Americans say that it's more important for the U.S. to focus on preventing terrorism than on preventing gun violence, while just 25 percent view gun violence as more important.
Fifty-three percent majority of respondents say issues related to terrorism will be "very important" when they vote next year, while just 36 percent say the same of gun issues. This is despite the fact that while 29 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in the past decade, 132,349 have been killed by gun violence during the same period.
While members of both parties see terrorism as an important issue, the GOP is especially concerned. Eighty-eight percent of Republicans think preventing terrorism is more important than preventing gun violence, while Democrats are about evenly split.
Eighty-five percent of Americans say gun violence is a "somewhat serious" or "very serious" problem -- and most think the nation has made little headway in addressing it. Just 3 percent of respondents think the country has improved at preventing gun violence since the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Regarding gun control, 55 percent of those polled think gun laws should be more strict.
Read more: https://today.yougov.com/news/2015/12/08/mass-shootings-and-gun-control/