More Americans are afraid of becoming a victim of terrorism than they are of a mass shooting, according to the results of a survey released by Gallup.
Forty-seven percent of those surveyed said they are “very” or “somewhat” worried that they or a family member will become a victim of an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack. Whereas 38 percent said expressed worry about a mass shooting.
Gallup conducted the poll Dec. 11-12 and interviewed 1,016 people older than 18 years of age and from all 50 states. The results are similar to those of another Gallup survey conducted just a couple days before, but made no mention of ISIS. That poll resulted in 51 percent saying they’re worried about being a victim of terrorism.
When the figures are broken down, Republicans are far more concerned with becoming victims of both terrorism and mass shootings. Sixty-four percent said they are worried about ISIS terrorism and 46 percent are worried about a mass shooting.
On the other hand, 63 percent of Democrats surveyed said the are either “not too worried” or “not worried at all” about ISIS-inspired terrorism and 55 percent expressed the same views about a mass shooting.
Both issues have been at the forefront of political discourse since authorities revealed that the suspects responsible for a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, were inspired by ISIS. Although that incident combines both issues, the debate about which is deadlier is still ongoing.
However, after a gunman killed nine people…