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Is Media Breeding More Mass Murderers?

Monday, December 07, 2015

Following another week of high-profile mass murders, Americans are more convinced than ever that media coverage of such tragedies inspires others to commit violence.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of American Adults believe the media cover mass murders too much, up slightly from 44% in June of last year  but down from 54% two years ago after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Just 12% say the media don’t cover mass murders enough, while 33% say the level of coverage is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology.

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