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Here's What Americans Fear More Than Terrorism

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 11/11/2015 Janie Velencia
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Nearly two in three Americans are more concerned they will be the victim of gun violence than the victim of a terror attack, according to a McClatchy/Marist poll released Wednesday. 

However, that fear seems to be somewhat rooted in their party allegiances. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents are more fearful they will be a victim of gun violence than a terror attack. By contrast, 45 percent of Republicans are more scared of being a victim of gun violence. A majority -- 50 percent -- are more concerned about being the victim of a terrorist attack.

Data on gun violence and terror attacks shows that Americans' concerns are rightly placed. In October, CNN charted the total number of gun violence deaths and compared them to the number of deaths caused from terror attacks at home and abroad from 2001 to 2013. They found that for every one American killed by a terrorist attack, there are more than 1,000 deaths from homicides, suicides and accidents that involved guns.

McClatchy/Marist surveyed 1,465 adults using live interviews over landlines and cell phones from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. 

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