Fifty-four percent (54%) of all Americans believe more action to treat mental illness will do the most to reduce mass shootings like the one in Connecticut. Twenty-three percent (23%) think stricter gun control should be the priority. Just 12% feel the priority should be limits on violent movies and video games.
Age makes a difference: 23% of adults over 65 think limiting violent movies and video games will do the most to reduce mass shootings, compared to just 13% of adults age 40-64 and four percent (4%) of adults under 40.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of women think the United States needs stricter limits on violent video games and movies, compared to 36% of men.
39% of adults with children at home think we need tougher limits on violent media. 43% of adults without children living with them agree.
Fifty percent (50%) of blacks support more limits on violent games and movies, compared to 40% of whites and 44% of other minority adults
24% of adults who think the United States needs to place limits on violent media think such limits will do the most to reduce mass shootings. Only three percent (3%) of those who oppose limits on violent video games and movies agree.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of all Americans agree, however, that violent movies lead to more violence in society. Just 26% disagree, while 15% are not sure. (Survey of 1,000 American Adults conducted August 22-23, 2013. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Is Violent Media Part of the Problem?
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and while mental health issues and gun control have gotten much of the attention since then, there is some support for limiting access to violent video games and movies.