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Wednesday
Jan122011

Poll: Americans Doubt Political Rhetoric Major Influence in Ariz. Shooting

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, N.J.) – A majority of Americans do not believe that political rhetoric was the main cause of the shooting last week in Arizona, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. 

According to the survey, only 20 percent of Americans believed it to be a major factor that lead to the murders. Twenty-two percent said it was a minor factor, while 42 percent do not believe heated political debate influenced the shooter at all.

The opinion was dramatically different between Democrats and Republicans. Twenty-seven percent of Democrats saw it as a major factor, while 62 percent of Republicans believed it to be a key influence.

Gallup conducted the poll three days after the shooting that claimed the life of six and seriously injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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