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

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. Timbjerr

    Really, the govenmrnt is doing as much as it possibly can to prevent these things while still protecting our bill of rights.

    To quote the great Ben Franklin, "Those that sacrifice liberty for a little bit of security deserve neither liberty or security."

    April 23, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    I would have to say the watershed moment for "terrorism" was the slaughter of 22 second graders, and that hardly earned more than a week on the pop culture meter and did not get any laws changed to help prevent it from happening again, or at the very least, magazine limits so maybe just one more 6 year old would have an extra 3 seconds to hide.

    Boston did get a week but only because it included a live feed of a "high speed chase".

    Evil is all around us, and Americans and our legislators are all to willing to let it wreak havoc and call it "collateral damage".

    April 23, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. YUCK

    United Snakes of America

    April 23, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. Gonzo

    The man wasn't even on the no-fly list!!! Where's the media's reporting of this? Why is this not news? How about it CNN?

    April 23, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  5. Cephus

    Terrorism is a man made lifestyle manufactured in corporate boardrooms with the good will of homeland security board to sell more merchandise and by the way some strategists in the homeland security board have stated several times, that they should be allowed to discriminate against these religious morons. Those are words from someone who sits in the board of homeland security pathetic!!

    April 23, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Terrorists are people too , They have mothers, they just didn't get the nurturing they needed as children .

    We need more terrorist day care centers that play classic soft rock .

    Anyway you look at it , it's Obama's fault !

    April 24, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. Name Uche Agonsi

    Haahaa..... while there life there is terrorism. Why expect otherwise. With Negative Politics (minority opinions overriding majority views), poverty /unemployment running riots, usages of guns out of control in US, pot smoking legalised, homosexuality baptised as samesex & accepted. We are pretty surrounded. But why afraid. Its either death from politics, economics, social, or even psychological causes. If you are spared by these forces & others, is still natural death. The good news is that they are what bring excitements to life . If they cease or loose with coping is 'Curtains' or 'RIP'.

    April 24, 2013 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  8. ronvan

    And the Obama haters come out of the sewer! With lies, unfounded stories, maybe you should join CNN, FOX, and others as in this case they really screwed up in their reporting.

    April 24, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  9. Minnie Mouse

    "Terrorism is not part of life, unless you make it that way to get yourself involved. If there wasn't so much easy access on the inter-net on how to make bombs, I think this could have been prevented. People don't just wake up and instantly know how to make bombs! The only way to stop alot of the terrorism, is to remove the problems from the inter-net and stop selling things to allow people to get involved and showing people how to make things that you know are going to kill! If you don't have these kinds of information in our public library systems, then it should not be on the inter-net either.

    April 24, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
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