Poll: 71% say shooting violence now a normal part of American life

A whopping 71 percent of Americans believe that the shootings and random acts of violence that have taken place this year are now a permanent part of American life, according to results from a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

That’s compared with just 21 percent of Americans who think the violence this year — from Charleston, S.C., and Oregon, to the terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. — has been unusual and won’t happen as often in the future.

The NBC/WSJ poll also finds 29 percent of Americans saying they’re either “very” or “fairly” worried that they or a loved one will be the victim of a terrorist attack — up from the 28 percent who said this in Sept. 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.