New Poll on Violence and Video Games

A survey released this week by Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, found that 40 percent of Americans believe that “people who play violent video games are more likely to be violent themselves.”  Women were found to agree with the statement in larger numbers than men (47 percent of female respondents versus 31 percent of males interviewed). Age also played a factor as 71 percent of those 18-29 years-old rejected the connection between violent game playing and violent personalities, while only 40 percent of those over the age of 50 disagreed with the sentiment.  Interestingly, approximately a third of those adults who utilize the electronic medium of video games agreed with the tendency toward violence, as did more than a quarter of self-identified “gamers.”

  • More statistical highlights and the full survey are available from the Pew Research Center here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: December 18, 2015

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