Gallup: More Than Twice As Many Americans Concerned About Terrorism Rather Than Guns

A swat team arrives at the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Police responded to reports of an active shooter at a social services facility. ( MANDATORY CREDIT
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The latest Gallup poll shows more than twice as many Americans are concerned about terrorism than are concerned about “guns or gun control.”

Moreover, more Americans are concerned about the government than are concerned about “guns or gun control.”

According to Gallup, “About one in six Americans, 16%, now identify terrorism as the most important U.S. problem, up from just 3% in early November.” At the same time, the percentage of Americans who view government as the most important problem facing us is at 13 percent and the the percentage of those who view the economy as the most important problem sits at 9 percent.

Seven percent of Americans viewed “guns and gun control” as the most important issue facing the country.

Gallup’s report on the poll concludes:

The terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris have altered how Americans view the problems facing the U.S. Satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. dropped significantly to a 13-month low in December, and Americans’ trust in the government to protect them from terrorism is the lowest Gallup has measured. The data…show that terrorism has now become the single most-frequently mentioned issue when Americans are asked to name the most important problem.

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