Poll: Jump in those who say terrorism part of life
April 23rd, 2013
01:32 PM ET
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Poll: Jump in those who say terrorism part of life

(CNN) - A new poll indicates a spike in the percentage of Americans who say that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of life in the future.

But according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted after last week's Boston Marathon bombings, there's no rise in public concerns about another terrorist attack here in the U.S.

The poll, released Tuesday, indicates that three-quarters of Americans say that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of life in the future, up from 64% last April.

Despite that jump, the poll indicates no increase following the attacks in Boston, which killed three people and injured more than 250, in worries about future acts of terrorism. Fifty-nine percent of people questioned in a November 2010 Pew Research Center poll said they were very or somewhat concerned about another terrorist attack here in the U.S. That number now stands at 58%, virtually unchanged.

Six in ten say that steps the government's taken since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack have made the country safer, with 35% saying the actions haven't had much of an effect.

Can the government do more to prevent attacks in the future like the one in Boston?

The poll indicates the public's divided, with 49% saying there's more the government can do and 45% saying there's not more than can be done.

The survey suggests only modest partisan differences in these opinions.

"Republicans and Democrats are about equally likely to say terrorism will be part of life in the future (78% of Republicans, 73% of Democrats). Members of both parties are divided over whether or not there is more the government can do to prevent this type of attack. However, Republicans (69%) are more likely to credit the government's post-Sept. 11 actions for making the country safer than are independents (59%) or Democrats (58%)," says a release from Pew Research Center.

The poll was conducted April 18-21, with 1,002 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. fayray11x

    the stats are very clear, terrorism as defined by events like Boston & 9/11 are tiny and although a great concern, it's blown way out of proportion. Your risk is very low, about 1 in million chance of being killed by a terrorist in the last 12 years. You got a far greater chance of being killed by a gun, car, etc.

    April 23, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Sure... it's the "new normal". Same as 8% unemployment.

    April 23, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Terrorism should not a part of life.Killing people doesnt make sense.Its a craziness of doing.Terrorism should stop of killing people.The killers need a prayers to guide them of whatever they would do.

    April 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. frannie elton

    No carry in items for public events ma not solve problem but will certainly deter it

    April 23, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. freedom

    Forget the polls – we have a president who won't even say the word – terrorism! That is the most disturbing statistic of all.

    April 23, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. just sayin

    we didn't have all these attacks when george bush was president. since obama, too many to count. his 'there is no terrorism, just crime' approach is a failure. but the clueless public even let's him off the hook for this because he looks like he is trying. trying but failing.

    April 23, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Sure... it's the "new normal". Same as 8% unemployment.
    ***********************
    Its been under 8% consistently for a number of months. What would have been more appropriate would have been "...working harder, longer and with fewer benefits than our parents, all courtesy of the GOP and their obcession with whitling our industrial base down to nothing along with our standard of living. Nothing like turning the greatest industrial power in the world into nothing more than a nation fo economic serfs, stuck working 80 hours a week with no benefits all for the greater glory of the virtuous rich and Ayn Rand." I think that is more accurate.

    April 23, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. just sayin

    The Real Tom Paine
    -Fair is Fair
    Sure... it's the "new normal". Same as 8% unemployment.
    ***********************
    Its been under 8% consistently for a number of months.
    --–

    and it will soon be below 7% as soon as obama and the democrats get several millions more to drop out of the workforce. that is the obama fix to the unemployment in the country. rates look like something good is happening when actually the worse thing is happening.

    April 23, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    The Real Tom Paine
    -Fair is Fair
    Sure... it's the "new normal". Same as 8% unemployment.
    ***********************
    Its been under 8% consistently for a number of months.
    ––

    and it will soon be below 7% as soon as obama and the democrats get several millions more to drop out of the workforce. that is the obama fix to the unemployment in the country. rates look like something good is happening when actually the worse thing is happening.
    **********************************
    Really? Do tell. You seem to know what is REALLY going on behind the scenes, or is it just another product of your feverish imagination? Considering that your posts are rarely backed up by anything that could be considered a verifiable fact, I suggest you concentrate on something more your speed, like the Kardashians.

    April 23, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    @The Real Tom Paine–Haven't you figured it out yet. "Just Sayin" and with his superior intellect has the answers to everything. It is quite simple. When you have no hard facts, you don't have to back anything up, just make up your own. Of course you offer no solutions either, that would be "liberal."

    April 23, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @don in albuquerque

    @The Real Tom Paine–Haven't you figured it out yet. "Just Sayin" and with his superior intellect has the answers to everything. It is quite simple. When you have no hard facts, you don't have to back anything up, just make up your own. Of course you offer no solutions either, that would be "liberal."
    *******************
    Its fun getting to rise to the bait, though, and it does not take much. Oh, I've offered solutions, facts, ad infinitem, and it has never stopped the nonstop barrage of intellectual excrement he/she/it throws out. Its just fun watching him tie himself/herself/itself into a pretzel.

    April 23, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. miaabuttwreeks

    The only thing that has changed since911 is our definition of terror when kids don't want to go to school because of bullies picking on them is that not terror when a neighbor can't walk their dog in certain neighborhoods because of fear of neighborhood watcher is that not terror?

    April 23, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Contrary to what was stated here, there is no long-term benefit to dropping people out the unemployment numbers, any more than its a good thing to suggest that part-time jobs from Wal-Mart make our overal economic picture look better. However, its never stopped Red State governors like Rick Perry from touting great job numbers while the rates of poverty in their states climb. Unlike Perry, jindall, et all, the president has never indicated great satisfaction with where the numbers are. Only a paranoid, delusional fool would think that the leader of a country as great as ours would ever settle for this, but, as we've seen this country has no shortage of paranoid fools, some of which post here: " Just Sayin".

    April 23, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. PJ

    "we didn't have all these attacks when george bush was president..............."?????????????
    -----

    Anthrax scare on Congress
    DC sniper case
    Attack against El Al ticket counter at LAX
    UNC campus attack
    12 Embassies attacked,
    and
    9-11.

    Just to name a few.

    April 23, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Alex

    Sure there is more the government could do, but the PATRIOT Act, NDAA, and attemps at CISPA are devastating our Bill of Rights. That's not even addressing TSA issues. If we want our freedoms we must assume a certain level of risks. See Ben Franklin on freedom and security!

    April 23, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Tommy G

    According to Obama there is no such thing as terrorism. And we all know everything he says is true.

    April 23, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. J_lebowski

    It's the new normal just the same way we have the most transparent administration in history in the white house

    April 23, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Tea Party Thomas

    Stopping terrorists would only take one law.

    a swift trail followed by a quick public hanging. ( this means 30 days people)

    April 23, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. rosethornne

    A certain percentage of the poulation is nutjob needs-a-bullet-treatment insane.
    There are many more people in the world now, and the population just keeps increasing.
    More people = more nutjobs.

    April 23, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    Anonymous
    Terrorism should not a part of life.Killing people doesnt make sense. Terrorism should stop of killing people.The killers need a prayers to guide them of whatever they would do.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Since the beginning of 2013 approximately 425 people have been killed in terrorist attacks worldwide. Since the beginning of 2013 approximately 4200 people have been killed by gun violence in the United States, or nearly 10 times as many as were killed by terrorists worldwide.

    April 23, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. g

    does killing unarmed people with military assault in movies ,or schools, or malls qualify as terrorist attacks or only when the shooters are arab

    April 23, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    just sayin
    we didn't have all these attacks when george bush was president.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You're joking, right?

    April 23, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. just sayin

    The Real Tom Paine
    Contrary to what was stated here, there is no long-term benefit to dropping people out the unemployment numbers,
    ---

    nobody is claiming long term benefit from people dropping out of the workforce. but there sure is a short term benefit to make the unemployment rate look like it is getting better. enough with the smoke and mirror diversions, aka lies.

    April 23, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Chris

    The Tea Partiers don't know their 15 minutes of fame are up. Even the Republican Party thinks your part of the "Tin Foil Hat/NRA/Bachmann" club. The Tea Party candidates have done nothing since being elected, but talk crazy and ruin their chances in future elections any where that matters.

    April 23, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. don in albuquerque

    @Tea Party Thomas-And what happens on day 31 when we discover a mistake was made? And will you be the judge and hangman? Hummmmmm-I think not.

    April 23, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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