An overwhelming majority of Americans thinks that the depiction of violence in movies and videogames contributes some or a lot to real-life violence in society.
That is one of the conclusions of the recent CBS News/Vanity Fair poll. The survey found that 45% think media violence contributes “a lot” to violence, with 35% saying “some.” Just 12% said “not much” and 8% said “not at all.”
The poll suggests that the National Rifle Assn. has had at least some success in blaming violent culture, particularly videogames, in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, while pushing back against gun control measures. Asked which measure would make them feel most safe, 31% having a gun in the home would, while 30% said an alarm system. Just one-third said that stricter gun laws would make them feel more safe, and 45% said it would make no difference.
Nevertheless, just over half said that they would be “less comfortable” by the idea of arming teachers — an idea advanced by some in the NRA. The org also got low marks when it came to its national spokesman. More than half did not know who Wayne LaPierre is.