CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLLFor release: Tuesday, April 30, 20136:30 pm EDTThe Boston Bombings and the Threat of Terrorism
April 24-28, 2013
Americans divide on whether they think U.S. Intelligence agencies had information thatcould have prevented the bombings at the Boston Marathon, but President BarackObama and law enforcement agencies get good marks for their response to the attacks.
66% now think another terrorist attack in the U.S. is at least somewhat likely, up from37% last year. Just about a quarter are very concerned about an attack in their ownarea.
53% think the Boston bombing suspects were connected to a larger terrorist group, while32% think they acted alone. The poll was conducted before reports that female DNA wasfound on one of the bomb fragments.
Americans support surveillance cameras in public places, and think bomb-makinginformation should not be posted on the internet.41% of Americans think U.S. Intelligence agencies had information that could have preventedthe bombings at the Boston Marathon, but 45% do not. Republicans and independents are morelikely than Democrats to say U.S. Intelligence could have prevented the attacks.
Could U.S. Intelligence Agencies Have Prevented the Boston Bombings?
TotalRepsDemsIndsYes41%48%29%44%No45425440While investigations into the Boston bombings are ongoing, more Americans think the suspectsin the attacks were connected to a larger terrorist group than think they acted alone. Americansacross the political spectrum are inclined to hold this view.
Think Suspects in Boston Bombings…
TotalRepsDemsInds Acted alone32%33%37%29%Connected to larger terror group53564756Most Americans are following news about the Boston bombings, including 45% who arefollowing it very closely.
Boston Bombings: The President and Law Enforcement
President Obama gets high marks for his response to the Boston bombings and for his handlingof terrorism generally. However, his overall job approval is lower, at 47% -- similar to last month.
President Obama Job Ratings