CBS News/New York Times PollFor release: Thursday September 8, 20116:30 PM EDTAssessing Security and the Threat of Terrorism Ten Years Later
August, 2011This CBS News/New York Times Poll measures the public’s attitudes toward security andterrorism ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The poll includes interviews with Americansoverall, residents of New York City, and those who report a close friend or family member waskilled in the attacks on 9/11.
More than 4 in 5 Americans think the country will always have to live with the threat ofterrorism.
Expectations for another attack are low now; 55% think one is not likely in the next fewmonths. Just after 9/11, 53% thought another attack was very likely.
Americans are divided as to whether the government has done all it can to secure thecountry from terrorism; 46% think it has, while 48% think it has not. 54% think thegovernment is prepared to deal with another attack.
Two thirds of Americans say the death of Osama bin Laden has not made them feelsafer from terrorism. And for most close friends and family of 9/11 victims, his death hasnot brought closure.
One in four Americans admits to negative feelings for Muslims as a result of the attacks.
The Terrorist Threat
Ten years after the September 11
attacks, terrorism has become something most Americansexpect to have to live with. A large majority of Americans – 83% - feel they will always have tolive with the risk of terrorism. Eight in ten New Yorkers also think their city will always have tolive with the threat.
Will Americans/New Yorkers Always Have to Live With Threat of Terrorism?
Americans New YorkersYes 83% 79%No 15 19At the same time, Americans have become complacent in the past ten years about anotherattack; 55% think one is not likely in the next few months. Fears were much higher just after9/11, and have risen at times over the last ten years.
Likelihood of Terror Attack in U.S. in Next Few Months
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Now 1/2010 8/2006 3/2003 10/2001 9/2001Very likely 9% 26% 16% 24% 53% 36%Somewhat likely 33 40 43 47 35 42Not very/at all likely 55 30 39 27 10 201