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Poll: Most Say Rhetoric, Killings Unrelated

From CBS News:

Poll: Most Americans Feel Rhetoric, Tucson Shooting Unrelated

Posted by Daniel Carty
January 11, 2011

Nearly six in 10 Americans say the country’s heated political rhetoric is not to blame for the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to a CBS News poll.

In the wake of the shooting, much focus has been put on the harsh tone of politics in Washington and around the country, particularly after a contentious midterm election. Rhetoric and imagery from both Republicans and Democrats have included gun-related metaphors, but the majority of the country isn’t connecting the shooting to politics.

What stunning admissions.

The lone suspect in the attack, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, had expressed in recent years a deep-seated distrust of the government and personal animosity toward Giffords, according to evidence collected by authorities, YouTube videos he made and accounts from former acquaintances.

Alas, it would seem that there is still no evidence that he worshipped Sarah Palin or felt particularly over-taxed.

Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated – 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue – 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.

Independents more closely reflected the overall breakdown – 56 percent said rhetoric had nothing to do with the attack; 33 percent felt it did.

We can see which party has the most rational grown-ups.

The telephone poll was conducted Jan 9-10 among 673 adults across the country. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

Give the media more time. They might still be able to turn this around for their Democrat masters.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Poll: Most Say Rhetoric, Killings Unrelated”

  1. TerryAnne says:

    Not to worry. They’ll prove it does incite.

    I believe that the poll that will prove that will be of 3-5 year olds and Bambi.

    • River0 says:

      Americans recognize corrupt political hackery when they see it, and they punish the perpetrators. But if an investigation were launched, the ‘progressive’-crypto- Marxists would be found five times more guilty of inciting violence and hatred. They’re the experts on hate speech. These tactics are straight out of the Saul Alinsky/Stalinist/Leninist playbook for communist revolution; which Hillary Clinton based her graduate thesis on. The thesis is “sealed” from all scrutiny. I’d love to know what she wrote.

      Chris Matthews interviewed Alinsky last year, and called him a “hero of the Left”.

  2. platypus says:

    Nope, they won’t be able to “salvage” this one. The arsonists are getting burned by the fire they set, and some of us are popping popcorn and others are breaking out the marshmallows.

    Accepting the premise of any liberal on any subject precludes having a discussion, reasonable or otherwise.

    My sadness at this event is separate from my satisfaction that the ghouls of the left are getting their hair singed by the blowback. They started this and they deserve what they get.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Here’s a little known poll just released:
    Between Jan. 9 thru Jan.11, 4 of every 5 NYC sewer workers that were polled said they have seen an influx of DemocRAT floaters in their work place.
    While no one would come forward with their name for the record, they claim they are up to their necks in an over abundance of paperwork. (Go figure)
    The margin of error is +/- 0 percent.

  4. platypus says:

    I almost forgot. What are these loudmouth blowhards going to say if it comes out that this guy was a Zoloft Zombie like the Columbine killers were?

    Will Sarah get an apology? I anticipate a chorus of crickets.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    That’s because the evidence suggests insanity and gross police incompetence on behalf of Supercop Zepnik, who aside from telling a majority of Americans that this is all of our fault, had 5 encounters with Loughner while he was at school, with the added possibility that the lunatic was making death threats all around town over the past few weeks. The Sheriff Dept is who delivered the suspension and mental health notice to the Loughner’s house.

    This isn’t 1995 and Oklahoma City like Democrats had been openly wishing. The American people know how to get informed when the media lies, attacks, and impugns them. One of the basic lessons about Liberalism is that when they’ve effed up, or when they’re actually intending to cause harm, they loudly blame others. The louder and quicker to blame they rush, the more harm they’re likely compliant with. It’s sick. They don’t just pass the buck, they actually try to hang it on the necks of the innocent simply for political gain.

    • hushpuppy says:

      I missed the part of Zepnik’s speech where he explained his failure to protect his community; where he admitted Loughner had at least 5 run-ins with his personnel? If anything, Zepnik must be held accountable for this mess.

      Silly me – I thought a person could be held for 72 hours’ assessment on a mental health warrant to see if that person is a threat to themselves or others.

      The old proverb that insanity cannot identify insanity because they are insane holds true again!

    • tranquil.night says:

      Right on! Right on!

  6. RabidAmerican says:

    Liberals tend to make the most mamby-pamby conclusions and associations.

    I came to the conclusion about 10 years ago; that talking with liberals is akin to conversing with a 7-year-old.

    Anymore, when attempting dialogue with such liberals I think back to and picture my 7-year old who started most conversations with: “wouldn’t it be nice if…”

    Think about this next time you attempt conversation with a liberal. It’s nothing short of amazing how you see the futility of continuing that conversation. It also explains away those in this poll and their respective conclusions.

    Perhaps the real news of this poll shows that nearly 4 out of 10 Americans have the mind of a 7-year-old! Further proof would be that many of them vote, which explains Obama.

    • Right of the People says:

      It must have been at least 5 out of 10 in ’08 otherwise how did the boy king ascend to the throne? Of course maybe the libs put something in the water just before the election.

      I don’t speak to liberals, at least not while I’m carrying since the temptation is too great to rid the world of infantile lunatics.

    • proreason says:

      I hate to disagree with you ROP, but I think you are assuming that liberals only vote one time.

    • untrainable says:

      I disagree too ROP. I think giving the average liberal the benefit of a 7 year old’s level of thought is far too generous. I’m thinking 4 or 5. Terrible twos are over, but most of them throw tantrums like chldren much younger than 7. IMHO.

  7. canary says:

    My liberal local news followed the original accusations made when the shootings first happened. Then early this morning they were singing the same song. Not one mention as to the instability of the gunman.
    No mention of his devil worshiping he held in a shack behind his house, that neighbors saw him often go in.

    One Goth purple headed freak interviewed earlier said he found the gunman’s behavior to be scared of, but then later on CNN with Cooper, denied he found him scary. The freak told how he reached out to the guy, would high 5 him, because he felt a connection because of his own bizarre hair & piercings and had told the gunman he knew what it was like to be an out cast or not fit in.

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