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Poll: Republicans, Democrats Interpret Orlando Massacre Differently

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Americans have differing viewpoints on how they view the Orlando nightclub massacre, especially down party lines, according to Gallup poll results

Voters in the poll were asked if they viewed the massacre as more a case of Islamic terrorism, domestic gun violence, or both equally. Among all U.S. adults:
  • 48 percent attributed the massacre to Islamic terrorism.
  • 41 percent attributed the massacre to domestic gun violence.
  • 6 percent attributed the massacre to both equally.
Interpreting the massacre was more sharply divided among party lines. Among Republicans:
  • 79 percent attributed the massacre to Islamic terrorism.
  • 16 percent attributed the massacre to domestic gun violence.
  • 1 percent attributed the massacre to both equally.
Among Democrats:
  • 29 percent attributed the massacre to Islamic terrorism.
  • 60 percent attributed the massacre to domestic gun violence.
  • 7 percent attributed it to both equally.
Independent voters, who don't identify with either major party, were more equally divided.
  • 44 percent blamed the massacre on Islamic terrorism.
  • 42 percent blamed the massacre on domestic gun violence.
  • 9 percent blamed in on both equally.
Other results of the poll looked at how effective voters believed some measures would be to prevent incidents such as the Orlando massacre from happening again.

Eighty percent of all voters believed that banning gun sales to people on the federal no-fly terrorism watch list would be effective, while 17 percent believed that would not be very effective or would be not at all effective.

Increasing U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State or ISIS to take out their leaders and infrastructure was also popular with those who took the poll, with 67 percent believing those measures would be effective.

The poll was conducted June 14 and 15 with a random sample of 1,021 adults ages 18 and older, which included 319 Democrats, 311 Republicans, and 349 independent voters.

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