WASHINGTON (CNN) – Six years after the September 11 attacks, only three in ten Americans believe that the U.S. and its allies are winning the war on terrorism, according to a new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll. That’s down from 41% when the same question was asked at the beginning of last year.
Half of all Americans believe that neither side is winning the war on terrorism. And almost one in five Americans believes that the terrorists are winning. A solid majority of Americans (57%) believes that the terrorists will always find a way to launch major attacks regardless of what the U.S. government does. That number is unchanged from one year ago.
Only five percent of those questioned think things in the U.S. are now completely back to normal following the September 11 attacks. Thirty percent feel things will eventually be back to normal and 63 percent think things will never be back to normal.
The CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll questioned 1,017 Americans from September 7-9. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.
And a majority are not satisfied with the way the war on terrorism is going
Fewer than four in ten Americans are satisfied with the way that things are going in the war on terrorism, according to a CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll conducted last month. The survey showed that one in three Americans believe we are actually less safe from terrorism than we were prior to the September 11 attacks. Two out of every three Americans believe that we are either as safe as or safer than we were on the day of the attacks.
Over 40 percent of the American public is worried that a family member will become a victim of terrorism. A similar percentage believes that an act of terrorism will occur somewhere in the United States within the next several weeks.
Americans are evenly divided when asked if the federal government has used or will use its enhanced post-September 11 surveillance powers responsibly, without violating civil liberties.
The August 6-8 CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll questioned 1,029 Americans. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.