September 11th, 2008
09:01 AM ET
14 years ago

Concerns about terrorist attack at lowest level since 9/11

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Concerns over a terrorist attack are at their lowest point since 9/11."](CNN) - Concerns about an impending terrorist strike are at the lowest point on record since the attacks on September 11, 2001, and only about one in ten Americans say that terrorism is the most important issue in deciding their vote for president, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

Seven years after the attacks of September 11, just 30 percent of Americans said they thought an attack on American soil is likely sometime over the next several weeks - a number that's down 11 points since last year at that time and down 30 points since the first anniversary of 9/11. Only 14 percent of Americans say an impending terrorist attack is likely in their community.

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And Americans do appear to be more confident Osama bin Laden will eventually be captured or killed - just about half say the U.S. will ultimately find the 9/11 mastermind, up 7 points from this time last year.

But in frustrating news for the White House, Americans appear to give little credit to President Bush for the lack of a terrorist strike over the last seven years: Only 37 percent believe the president and his policies are the chief reason there has not been a strike on U.S. soil. Overall, he has a 28 percent approval rating, tying his all time low in CNN/ORC polling.

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  1. Tim in Canada

    I remember going home on 911 after hearing the news, put on the tv and cried like a baby, still hurts though. I hope Bin Laden is caught and put a spike up his.

    September 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    Terrorism has risen sharply around the world since we invaded Iraq. If we had of gone to Afghanistan like Barack said the terrorist threat would have been drastically reduced.

    September 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Paula

    To all of the folks who tink we are safe: Remember Katrina.

    September 11, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Michael are a nut job of the utmost with your "we bombed our own buildings" conspiracy theory.

    President Bush has not been a very good president in many ways, but he has done one thing well and it just happens to be his most important job...Protect us from outside or interior physical dangers.

    September 11, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I think America should be thanking Bush and the troops for keeping this country safe. Bush is an idiot but he has stopped any new attacks from happening.

    If you think Bush was behind the twin towers falling, you are a fool.
    Country First,
    The dems were in the white house the first time the towers were attacked by bin laden and did nothing. How are they going to protect us. Actually bin laden was offered to Clinton by other country's that knew where he was and that dem party said no, and showed no interest in protecting us . Next time read some history before you make a fool of yourself.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. James From Chicago

    WHy does McCain love WAR??? Is it because he was a prisoner,
    or does he just loves the thrill. If he is elected we will be in Iraq for
    100 years, and he will make sure we will be in another war.


    September 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's disturbing to me when it is reported that people feel John McCain would be better on national security than Obama. There is no guide of measurement to determine that and I pray there won't be one. But the fact remains our borders aren't secure and we don't know whose in this country legally or illegally. I don't buy into propaganda with no facts, remember 9/11 occurred under the Bush administration. God Bless the 9/11 victims and their families.

    September 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. The BOTTOM Line......


    September 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. David

    To Patrick Henry being a POW does not qualify you to be President. It is disturbing to know that there are people who think that one party has a candidate who will put his country first but put himself first when it came down to his first wife. He is not our Savior. He will not make the U.S safer. This will be a more dangerous world if he is elected.

    September 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Baze

    Personally, I give Bush credit for mismanaging two wars, but having the sense to finally bring in qualified people during his second term that have done a great job, and pulled his bacon out of the fire. I also give him credit for turning his back on the wounded soldiers, until finally being exposed and diverting some more tax money toward getting those honorable troops the care that they need for their selfless service.
    All that being said, eight is enough, the Bush adminstration has done a rocky job with subjective results, and we don't need a sabre rattling psychologically unstable set of tyrants like McCan't and the Wicked Witch Palin following up the job with their restive ideals.


    September 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. JB

    Why would McCain be able to handle the miltiary/foreign policy better than Obama?

    Are you all mad? You refuse to ignore the facts.


    John McCain went to the military academy. There, they teach you about . . . . .maybe. . . . the military. You study battles, miltary theory and yes . . .FOREIGN POLICY.

    H then went into the military and put his book training to work. He excelled in the miltary. He fought in a war, and LED TROOPS!!!!

    Now, what in Obama's past would give him this experience? I know he "thought" about joining the military!!!

    A law degree from Harvard does not give somebody that experience or knowledge.

    The military academy's were designed to CREATE leaders!!! Of course the pinko Obama-idiots will claim that the academy's are evil and should be destroyed.

    There is no argument. McCain is better prepared (with his military background AND decades of poltical experience) to run our country!!!

    Obama's 8 years in ILL politics does not make a President!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. me





    This happened because we are hated for intruding on other people's holy lands. Obama wants to bring the troops home.

    September 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. McCain/Palin

    To all people worried about the economy. What do you think will happen to our economy if we start having terrorist attacks. Pres. Bush is strong and terrorists are afraid because they know he will retaliate. You cannot just talk to terrorists. John McCain will do the same. Obama will NOT.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Tony

    Ignorant and apathetic people!

    I'm sure the republicans are thanking God for 9/11 so taht they have one more day wehre Palin does not have to answer any questions.

    According to a press statement put out today, after the interview with Charlie Gibson of ABC News this evening, Palin will NOT be giving any more interviews and will NOT campaign on her own, but only with mcCain so that they can keep a close eye on her.

    That comes directly from the McCain camp. Any itnelligent person would realize that this woman is not qualified and if she can't hold her own in interviews how in the hell is she supposed to deal wtih dangerous world leaders as V.P., or possibly president?


    September 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. ully

    sympathy to all people loose their friends and family 7 years ago!viva Republican,just vote Mc cain,a leader wil catch the terrorist!no doubt to mc cain and Palin!

    September 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. unpatriot

    I will always blame our 'world police' policies for 911. We should look after our own 1st and only after we are good, maybe help other countries. Never do anything for oil. It just turns out bad.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. KJW - Atlanta

    In the past 8 years, my concerns have been with the Bush administration and not a fear of terrorist attacks. My concerns today are for the state of our economy, affordable healthcare for everyone, my children's education and their future, ending the war in Iraq that is only increasing the national debt. Those are the things I think about and what I believe really matters to the American people. Can we focus on what's really important?

    September 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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