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Apr13b Boston Terrorism

Apr13b Boston Terrorism

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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
Handling threat of terrorism56%35Response to Boston bombings68%20Many Republicans give the President credit for his handling of the Boston attacks (47%approve), but just 12% approve of the overall job Mr. Obama is doing as President. Americans strongly approve of the way federal and local law enforcement handled thebombings.
Law Enforcement Authorities Handling of Boston Bombings
 Approve84%Disapprove 9
More Attacks?
In the wake of these attacks, fears of another terrorist attack in the U.S. have risen sharply. 66%now think an attack is at least somewhat likely to happen in the next few months, up from 37%last April. Concerns also rose after the terror attempt by the so-called “underwear bomber,” andwere especially high after the September 11
Likelihood of Terror Attack in U.S. in Next Few Months
Now4/20128/20111/2010 8/2006 5/2003 10/2001 9/2001Very likely 24% 10% 9%26% 16% 24% 53%36%Somewhat likely 42273340 43 47 3542Not very/at all likely 31575530 39 27 1020 Americans continue to see terrorism as part of life in the U.S. Nine in 10 agree with thestatement: “Americans will always have to live with the risk of terrorism.”
Americans Will Always Have to Live with the Risk of Terrorism
Now8/20119/2002 Agree90%83%90%Disagree 815 9 At the same time, just a quarter are very concerned about an attack in their own area. Thatnumber was higher in the years following the 9/11 attacks.Northeasterners are more concerned than those living in other regions about an attack wherethey live.
Concerned About Attack In Your Area?
Now1/201012/20098/2006 5/2003 10/2002 10/20019/2001Very 23%22%17%26% 21% 32% 30%43%Not very 76778273 79 67 6856 And while 25% of Americans say they are less likely to attend large public events because oterrorism, most (72%) are not less likely to do that.
Protecting American Citizens from Terrorism
 A majority of the public has at least a fair amount of confidence in the federal government’sability to protect its citizens from terrorism. Confidence has dipped slightly since November 2010. 2
Confidence in Govt. to Protect U.S. from Attack?
Now11/20101/20107/20079/20029/2001 A great deal22%24%15%17%2035% A fair amount485156495653Not very much/none292227322211Most Americans think the U.S. is prepared to deal with another terrorist attack, but they are lessconfident in their state and local governments.
Prepared to Deal with Another Terrorist Attack
U.S.State/Local GovernmentYes60%48%No3541
Public Cameras, the Internet and Civil Liberties
The Boston bombing suspects were identified through security cameras located near the site of the attacks. Most Americans (78%) think having surveillance cameras in public places is a goodidea -- one that would help reduce the threat of terrorism. Few say such cameras are aninfringement on privacy.
Surveillance Cameras In Public Places Are…
Now7/2005Good idea, can reduce terror threat78% 71%Bad idea, can infringe on privacy1623In addition, by more than two to one, Americans say information about making explosivesshould not be permitted on the Internet. Those under age 30 are more likely than older  Americans to think that information should be allowed.
Should Information About Making Explosives Be Permitted on the Internet?
Yes30%No66More generally, half of Americans think the government has struck the right balance betweenfighting terrorism and maintaining people’s civil liberties. However, 26% say the governmenthasn’t gone far enough in restricting liberties in order to combat terror, up from 17% in 2011.
In Fighting Terrorism, has the Government…
Now8/2011Gone too far in restricting people's civil liberties20%25%Not gone far enough2617Right balance4952Republicans and independents are bit more likely than Democrats to think the government hasgone too far in restricting civil liberties in the fight against terrorism. Majorities of all partisanstripes support public cameras as way to reduce terrorism, and say information about makingexplosives should not be permitted on the Internet.3

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