That’s the percentage of Americans who said the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, “reflect broader problems in society,” according to a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Forty-four percent described the shootings instead as “just isolated acts of troubled individuals,” according to the survey of 746 adults taken Dec. 14-16.
This differs from public opinion after shootings in Aurora, Colorado, in July and in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2011. Majorities of respondents said those shootings were the isolated acts of troubled individuals. Public opinion on this question was divided after a 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
My colleague Jonathan D. Salant reported yesterday on an ABC News/Washington Post survey that found 54 percent of Americans support new limits on gun rights, with 43 percent opposed.