In the wake of the workplace murder of Yale student Annie Le and other tales of co-worker-initiated mass violence such as that at Ft. Hood, one in every four Americans believes a co-worker he or she knows is capable of violence, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

According to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, 26 percent of employed adults said they seriously thought that a co-worker was capable of violent acts, while 43 percent of government workers felt a fellow employee was capable of mass violence.

More pertinently from an employer’s perspective, 36 percent said their places of work lacked adequate procedures to help prevent workplace violence.

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