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    Poll: Democrats, Republicans Divided on Virginia Shooting Motivation
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    Alexandria, Virginia, Police Chief Michael Brown, right, and others walk to speak to the media about the shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a Congressional baseball practice.

    Data from this month’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that partisan identity significantly affected how Americans viewed the shooting on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last Wednesday.

    By a 20 point margin, 52 percent to 32 percent, more Republicans than Democrats called the shooting a result of political rhetoric. A majority of Democrats — 55 percent — called it an isolated incident, while 37 percent of Republicans said the same.

    The public overall was closely divided. Forty-one percent cited political rhetoric, while 46 percent said the shooting was an isolated case.

    The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 17-20 of 900 adults — including more than 400 by cell phone — and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.