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Poll: Nearly 60% Don't Link Political Rhetoric-Tucson Violence

Jan 11, 2011

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Most people don't link the gun violence that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. and left 14 people wounded, to heated political rhetoric, according to a new CBS News poll.

According to the survey, 57 percent said the prevailing climate of harsh partisan attacks had nothing to do with the shootings allegedly by Jared Loughner though a significant minority, 32 percent, saw a connection.

And, perhaps not surprisingly, where you stand on the issue is likely related to your political affiliation.

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Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated - 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue - 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.

Independents more closely reflected the overall breakdown - 56 percent said rhetoric had nothing to do with the attack; 33 percent felt it did.

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