August 2, 2012

Most See Aurora Shooting as an Isolated Event

67%

Two-thirds of Americans say that shootings like the one that took place in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in July are just the isolated acts of troubled individuals.

Relatively few Americans view the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., last month as a sign of broader social problems.

Two-thirds (67%) say that shootings like this one are just the isolated acts of troubled individuals, according to a survey conducted July 26-29. Only about a quarter (24%) say shootings like this reflect broader problems in American society.

This is similar to the public reaction after the Tucson shooting in early 2011, which 58% thought of as the isolated act of a troubled individual and 31% connected to broader social problems. Americans were more likely to see broader problems behind the Virginia Tech shooting five years ago – at that time, 46% thought the event reflected broader societal problems. Read More