Attitudes to identifying mass shooters in media coverage U.S. 2019

A survey held in the United States in August 2019 revealed that 45 percent of respondents supported mass shooters being named or identified in media coverage, believing this to be relevant information that should be shared with and available to the public. Conversely, 35 percent felt that identifying the perpetrator of such a crime is a form of glorification and would prefer the media to stop reporting on the individual who committed the act.

Public opinion on whether mass shooters should be named in media coverage in the United States as of August 2019

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Release date

August 2019


United States

Survey time period

August 6, 2019

Number of respondents

2,300 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Regarding mass shooters being named/identified in media coverage, which of the following comes closer to your view?*

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