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Gun violence or terrorism the bigger threat?

Most Americans are more worried about gun violence than terrorism, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll (taken before the Paris attacks). Overall, 63 percent of registered voters are more worried that they or someone they know will be a victim of gun violence, while 29 percent are more afraid of being a victim of a terrorist attack. Democrats fear gun violence over terrorism by 77 to 15 percent, while slightly more Republicans (50 to 45 percent) see terrorism as the bigger threat. Tea party supporters are more worried about terrorism by a 20-point margin. – Phillip Brownlee