Fear Of Terrorism In U.S. Is Low


PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 2 (UPI) — Fear of terrorism in the United States is near a low point, despite the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, a Gallup poll indicates.

Only 38 percent of 1,008 adults polled said they feel very strongly or somewhat believe a terrorist attack on the United States is imminent, down from a May 2 poll taken a day after Osama bin Laden was killed that found 62 percent of Americans said they believed an attack would occur, Gallup reported.

The poll, conducted Aug. 11-14, also found 36 percent of Americans said they feel either very or somewhat strongly that they or a family member could become a victim of a terrorist attack. This figure was at a high in 2001 when 59 percent said they felt that way.

Faith in the U.S. government to protect its citizens from future terrorist attacks has not been high since September 2001. Currently, 53 percent of poll participants have a fair amount of confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to protect citizens against terrorism.

The poll has a 4 percentage point margin of error.

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