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Poll: Liberal media viewers ‘misinformed’ about crime as spike predicted

Rasmussen Reports reveal too many people believe rifles are used in far more murders than is actually the case.

A new survey by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute released Friday revealed that 50 percent of likely American voters who habitually watch MSNBC or CNN for news are misinformed about crime in this country.

“About 1,500 homicides in the U.S. annually are committed with knives,” Rasmussen said, “while fewer than 500 are committed with rifles. However, 30% of Likely Voters think the annual number of homicides committed with rifles is more than 500, including 18% who believe more than 1,000 homicides a year are committed with rifles.”

A look at any FBI Annual Crime Report would clarify that, but evidently people who watch news broadcasts on liberal networks aren’t aware of it.

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Importantly, the survey noted, “Thirty percent (30%) of MSNBC viewers correctly estimated the number of homicides committed with rifles as between 100 and 500, as did 22% of CNN viewers and 19% of Fox News viewers. However, while 63% of Fox viewers underestimated the number of killings with rifles as less than 100, viewers of CNN and MSNBC were more likely to overestimate the number of homicides committed with rifles. Forty-three percent (43%) of CNN viewers and 40% of MSNBC viewers believe rifles are used in more than 500 homicides annually, compared to just 19% of Fox News viewers. Only 26% of talk radio listeners overestimated the number of homicides committed with rifles.”

This might explain the repeated clamor for bans on so-called “assault rifles,” and why such demands are rebuffed by the firearms community.

And there is another alarming disclosure of the survey.

“Fifty percent of Likely U.S. Voters who say MSNBC or CNN is their favorite cable news outlet believe more than 100 unarmed African Americans were fatally shot by police in 2020,” Rasmussen reported. “By contrast, only 22% of Fox News viewers believe police shot more than 100 unarmed black people last year.”

“Nearly a quarter of CNN viewers (24%) and almost one-in-five MSNBC viewers (19%) think cops fatally shot more than 500 unarmed black suspects last year,” the polling firm continued, “but only nine percent (9%) of Fox News viewers think so. Fox News viewers (60%) were about three times more likely than viewers of MSNBC (19%) or CNN (23%) to correctly estimate the number of unarmed black people shot and killed by police in 2020 as less than 50. Sixty percent (60%) of talk radio listeners also estimated the number correctly.”

This comes as Fox News is reporting that some analysists and experts think police “should brace for a potentially more violent summer than last year as crime trends show the bloodshed in some parts of the country, such as New York City, picked up earlier than is typically expected.”

“According to the Gun Violence Archive, 369 people were shot in the past 72 hours as of Friday afternoon,” Fox News reported.

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