Skip to comments.Poll: Most Americans Feel Rhetoric, Tucson Shooting Unrelated
Posted on 01/11/2011 7:20:40 AM PST by redk
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.
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Talk Radio and Fox have slowly been smartening up the chumps.
Told you so.
People do not like the blame game especially when it blankets the airwaves, web, and print media seconds after it happens.
It is seen, and rightly so, as political posturing and hyena-like opportunism.
As the left continues to flog this with some of their members attempting to back off, they will lose even more.
The entire emphasis and coverage should have been on the victims themselves, the witnesses and the mourning of a nation.
It’s too late to do so and Obama’s “healing” attempt is going to simply be another speech, nice, tidy, somewhat particular, but late in the day and if he doesn’t address the screeching of the LEFT whereas the right didn’t assign blame to any degree, he loses too.
First of all it’s sick that these people want to make this his Oklahoma City, second he isn’t Bill Clinton and will never have the ability to connect with stupid people that Clinton had.
Even Saturday afternoon his speech seemed disconnected and I never felt like he really cared.
I dunno, if they say if left wing vitriol is responsible for this violence, i may answer yes. The killer is a Statist, who was unhappy that a DEM was not left wing enough
The DEM was shot dead straight after dailykos “she was dead to him” for voting against nancy pelosi
theres a more direct connection there, than Palin’s target of district of political defeat at the ballot box
And the other 40% are the morons who believe what they read in the NY Times.
Where is the poll asking if the anti-war protests were political motivated since they all stopped after Obama getting elected?
True. I never heard anybody on the right ever even mention her but the KOS kiddies and the far left seem to have hated her until this happened.
Yes. The people are more sensible than the pundits. This “debate” is nothing more than the left seeing an opportunity to promote its agenda.
They need to be exported to Venezuela, Mexico, or Iran.
She was also married to a space shuttle commander who’s getting ready to fly, and this nutjob believes the space shuttle is a hoax and a gigantic conspiracy. It’s clear that conservative rhetoric had absolutely nothing to do with this, but his space conspiracy beliefs might have. Although he was clearly in favor of socialism whatever its form, which by itself indicates the political extreme he aligned himself with, this attack may have been less politically motivated than some currently believe. I have little doubt he would have done the exact same thing to her astronaut husband and anyone around him had it been him giving a public talk that day instead of her.
That was my thought too. I’m shocked that the number is that high, it’s quite sad really and a testament to how much influence the MSM still has.
>That was my thought too. Im shocked that the number is that high,<
Considering this is C-BS, I have a feeling the number is lower. Factoring in the number of people who voted the Rats out of office 2 months ago and the recent poll that there are lesser Dems today in the past 22 years, c BS might be covering their losses..
Obviously the MSM must try harder. We the Unwashed are not retaining their message.
I'd like to see a Rasmussen finding on this issue. Since this is a CBS poll, I have trouble believing its veracity.
I am sick of all of the blaming of everyone else in this country as of late. A while back violence was being blamed on kids playing violent video games, before that it was violent TV shows and movies. This is just another example of the blame game.
Violence toward others except in self defense is not acceptable. Perpetrators of the violence are responsible for their own actions.
That said, it is becoming clear that in this particular case people around this individual were aware of his violent tendencies, as he had made previous threats that were not prosecuted. Perhaps if those threats had been taken more seriously, this individual might not have been out on the streets or have had access to a firearm, and the deaths might not have occurred. As is often the case we all tend to have 20/20 hindsight.
He had recently passed a background check to possess a gun. I'm so glad that we have gun laws to protect us.
I'd rather trust God to protect me. (And He has accordingly let me have several guns!!)
Sheriff Combover will not be amused.
I guess the attempts by the Left to blame Palin and the Tea Party were just a shot in the dark, metaphorically speaking.
I was aware that he recently passed a background check to possess a gun, My thought was simply that if he had been prosecuted for his earlier threats or evaluated and found mentally unfit previously, he might not have been on the streets in the first place and the prosecutions and/or mental instability would have prevented him from passing the background check.
Like you, I also beleive in God’s protection and the God given right of self defense.
Probably get the same result if you asked: “Is Rush Limbaugh responsible for keeping Prince Albert in a can?”
“Even Saturday afternoon his speech seemed disconnected and I never felt like he really cared.”
Hope his Wednesday performance remains perfunctory and doesn’t degenerate into a Wellstone moment. On second thought ...
I'd like to see a Ras poll of likely voters since likely voters are the only people who count.
LOL to the MSM.You are hurting the last shred of credu=ibitly you may have had with the vast majoirty of people in this country.Sam note to the democrats but keep it up so you make sure to offend the senses of the majority!
42% of Democrats think Palin pulled the trigger.
The MSM could have blood on their hands.
credu=ibitly credibility...(no idea how I did that?)
Cindy Sheehan tried and got savaged by the media, remember that??
No doubt, a REAL, UNBIASED poll would look even better.
Someone should ask Polosi if this was her idea. What happened to them?
And this is a CBS poll, so deduct 10 from the liberal side, and add 10 to the conservative side.
Most scopes I have seen do not have external crosshairs.
If it looks like a gun site, it is one. Hence all those liberals driving Mercedes Benz’s are using a loaded weapon.
Come on how do you get the idea that reason plays a role in coming to conclusions? Don’t you know that it is only used to support a prior conclusion?
I’m waiting for the actual picture of Sarah with the gun in her hand aiming at Gabby. Surely there is one.
In other words, CBS and the other MSM need to try harder.
The good news out of this poll is that independents found no cause for the shooting in the political climate. That means the blame game has not hurt us with the Independents.
Is there anyway we can let the MSM know that we think they are loons?
It’s despicable that it’s only 60/40.
Far too many people are loony themselves.
Beck’s opener said a lot about the symbolism crap. Mentioned Target Store symbol, can’t have that, etc. lol I assume the MSM went down a few notches with the general public the last 3-4 days. Otherwise, they’re brain dead. We have to assume that 25-30% will never change, but that’s alright. We can win a lot a elections with 70/30 numbers. .
There you go. This just shows why the government must regulate what you see and hear.<>
Fact #1. Clarence Dupnik is a Democrat.
Fact #2. John Wayne Gacy was a Democrat homosexual pedophile serial killer.
Fact #3. Jared Loughner is a homosexual dope-smoking mass murderer.
Applying the sheriff’s twisted partisan “logic,” should he update his resume to describe himself as a Democrat dope-smoking homosexual pedophile mass serial killer?
And if so, should he replace Biden on the ticket in 2012?
Thank the Lord that most people are coming to their senses and rejecting this nonsense. While I am very sorry for the families of all of the victims, nutsy cuckoo is nutsy cuckoo. If we as a nation choose to think (and legislate) otherwise, we will need to ban:
Barking dogs: Son of Sam
The movie Ordinary People and the book Catcher in the Rye: Mark David Chapman
The White Album: Charlie Manson
The movie Taxi Driver: John Hinckley, Jr
Seriously, crazy people can find motivation to do harm to others in the the strangest places. I would be far more worried about the Pima county sheriff providing cover to this killer by way of his comments than anything that comes out of Rush’s or Sarah’s mouths.