Washington (CNN) - Less than one-fifth of Americans think a terrorist attack is likely in their own community, according to a new national survey.
And a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that just over a third of the public says an act of terrorism is likely somewhere in the U.S. in the next few weeks.
The survey was conducted last weekend and released Friday, just a few hours after officials confirmed that American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki - whose fluency in English and technology made him one of the top terrorist recruiters in the world - was killed in an airstrike in Yemen.
According to the poll, only 16% of Americans think an act of terrorism in their community is likely in the next several weeks, a number that has never risen above 20% since 2001. Eighty-four percent of people questioned said such an act is not likely.
"Will the death of Anwar al-Awlaki make Americans feel safer from terrorism? Maybe, but they already feel pretty safe," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The survey indicates that 37% say an act of terrorism is likely somewhere in the U.S. in the next few weeks; more than six in ten say an attack is unlikely.
"Worries about terrorism somewhere in the U.S. were higher in 2010 and immediately after the death of Osama bin Laden, but were at roughly the current level from 2007 through 2009," adds Holland.
The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from September 23-25, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.