Research: Americans Don’t Think Rhetoric Prompted AZ Shooting

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By Tonya Garcia

The Obamas observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Arizona shooting on Monday. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A CBS poll released today found that 57 percent of respondents don’t think that “heated” political rhetoric prompted the shooting in Arizona this weekend that killed six people and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. CBS conducted the telephone poll January 9 and 10, surveying 673 adults.

The survey also found that political affiliation has an impact on whether people make the connection. Sixty-nine percent of Republicans said the two are unrelated. Forty-nine percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Independents agreed.

We talked over the issue with GalleyCat editor Jason Boog on today’s Morning Media Menu. Click here to listen.