Poll: Majority of voters blame mass shootings on mental illness, gang violence

Just over a quarter blame access to guns.

Published: April 1, 2021 10:55am

Updated: April 1, 2021 2:27pm

A majority of U.S. voters blame mass shootings not on access to firearms but on mental illness and gang activity, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

When asked, 45% of voters say mental illness is the most significant contributor to mass shootings. A further 18% cite "gang violence."

An additional 28%, meanwhile, say "easy access to guns" is the most notable contributing factor to those shootings. 

Just the News Daily Poll
Just the News Daily Poll
(Just the News)

Mental illness has been a significant factor in multiple major mass shootings, such as those that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, Tucson, AZ and Aurora, CO. 

Gang violence, meanwhile, often contributes to lower-profile yet still common mass shootings in cities across the country. 

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed-mode approach from March 25-27. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Click here to see the poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics.

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