Colorado Shootings Capture Public's Interest

Jul 23, 2012

About half of the public says they very closely followed news about the deadly shooting rampage shortly after midnight Friday in a Colorado movie theater, making this one of the most closely followed stories so far in 2012.

Fully 48% say they followed this news very closely, according to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Another 25% say they followed news about the shootings – which left 12 dead and more than 50 injured – fairly closely.

The number following this tragedy very closely is comparable to the 49% that said they very closely followed news about the shootings in Tucson, Ariz. in January 2011 that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded. It also is similar to the 45% that very closely followed news about the mass killings at Virginia Tech in April 2007 that left 33 dead. A number of other recent mass shootings – including one at an Ohio high school in late February that left three dead and another at Oakland, Ca., college in early April that left seven dead – have attracted far less public attention.

About half of the public says they very closely followed news about the deadly shooting rampage shortly after midnight Friday in a Colorado movie theater, making this one of the most closely followed stories so far in 2012.

Fully 48% say they followed this news very closely, according to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Another 25% say they followed news about the shootings – which left 12 dead and more than 50 injured – fairly closely.

The number following this tragedy very closely is comparable to the 49% that said they very closely followed news about the shootings in Tucson, Ariz. in January 2011 that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded. It also is similar to the 45% that very closely followed news about the mass killings at Virginia Tech in April 2007 that left 33 dead. A number of other recent mass shootings – including one at an Ohio high school in late February that left three dead and another at Oakland, Ca., college in early April that left seven dead – have attracted far less public attention.

Read the full report, Colorado Shootings Capture Public's Interest, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press website.

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