Americans Are Just As Worried About Mass Shootings As Terrorism, Poll Reveals

Americans are equally worried about mass shootings and terrorism, a new Gallup poll has revealed.

The survey found that overall, 46 percent of U.S. adults are "very" or "somewhat" worried about becoming a victim of terrorism and 45 percent are similarly concerned about a mass shooting.

Around one in five (22 percent) Americans are "not worried at all" about they or a family member becoming a victim of terrorism while more than a quarter (27 percent) are similarly unconcerned about mass shootings.

The questions were asked of separate randomly selected halves of the sample between September 16 and 30, with each question having around 1,200 respondents.

These two questions have never been asked in the same survey, according to Gallup.

However, they appeared in separate surveys in December 2015 following the massacre in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead and was categorized as both terrorism and a mass shooting.

In that poll, 51 percent of Americans said they were worried about terrorism.

2015 marked the first time Gallup asked about mass shootings, but it has periodically asked about terrorism since 1995 and more frequent readings have been taken since the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S.

Since then, an average 42 percent of American adults have said they are "very" or "somewhat" worried about terrorism. The latest reading is slightly above the average, according to Gallup.

But it's far below the record-high of 59 percent which came a few weeks after 9/11 in an October 2001 poll.

The latest results show a sharp rise in fear about mass shootings since 2015 when 38 percent of people said they were worried about being a mass shooting.

In a 2017 Gallup poll following the Las Vegas massacre that saw a gunman kill 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, 39 percent of Americans said they were worried about mass shootings.

The latest reading is almost identical to one taken in August, just weeks after two mass shootings in a 13-hour period in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

A gunman opened fire in a Walmart in El Paso in a spree that left 22 people dead and dozens more injured. Just 13 hours later, a gunman in body armor and a mask killed 9 people before he was shot dead by police in Dayton.

In that poll, a record-high 48 percent of Americans said they were worried about becoming a victim of a mass shooting.

The massacres in Dayton and El Paso as well as another in Gilroy, California, that left 5 people dead in July, sparked renewed calls for the U.S. Congress to pass gun control legislation.

Previous attempts after mass shootings, including in the wake of the murder of 20 children and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, mostly failed in the face of fierce lobbying by the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups.

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Protesters hold a rally against gun violence in Times Square in response to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on August 4, 2019, in New York City. Getty