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Most see negative tone, few fault climate in Arizona shootings

The public sees the national political discourse in a negative light, and nearly half say it is bad enough to encourage violence. However, most say the climate was not to blame for the Arizona shooting. High marks for the president on the issue lift his overall ratings, but not his ratings on marquee issues.

The public sees the national political discourse in a negative light, and nearly half say it is bad enough to encourage violence.

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Americans see tone of debate as negative
Article | Americans overwhelmingly describe the tone of political discourse in the country as negative, verging on angry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but more than half say the culture did not contribute to the shootings in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. ...
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