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Fear in America: 4 in 10 fear being victim of mass shooting

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Staff Writer | October 18, 2017
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America   10% of Americans are very worried

About four in 10 Americans are "very" or "somewhat" worried that they or someone in their family will become a victim of a mass shooting.

These data are from a Gallup poll taken October 5-11, after a mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1 left 58 dead.

Americans' anxiety is similar to the level found after the San Bernardino shooting in December 2015 that left 14 dead.

Overall, 10% of Americans are very worried, 29% are somewhat worried and a total of 60% report being "not too worried" or "not worried at all."

Gallup has asked this "worry" question only twice - both times after high-profile attacks - so it is possible that concern about mass shootings would be lower if the question were asked at other times.

Still, the similarity of responses between December 2015 and now shows little evidence that worry is "ratcheting up" as these tragic events accumulate.

Worry about being the victim of a mass shooting is closely linked to partisanship, albeit not in a fixed manner.

In 2015, with Democrat Barack Obama in the White House, Republicans were significantly more likely than Democrats to say they were worried.

Now, with a Republican president, the two partisan groups have flipped and Democrats have become more worried.


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