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Pew Research Center. Sept. 2-9, 2014. N=2,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.5.

             

"In general, how well do you think the U.S. government is doing in reducing the threat of terrorism: very well, fairly well, not too well, or not at all well?"

 
    Very
well
Fairly
well
Not
too well
Not at
all well
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/2-9/14

17 39 22 19 2
 

10/30 - 11/6/13

26 47 18 8 2
 

7/17-21/13

20 47 21 9 3
             

"What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies? They have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties. They have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country."

 
    Have gone
too far
Have not
gone far
enough
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/2-9/14

35 50 9 6  
 

10/30 - 11/6/13

44 39 9 7  
 

7/17-21/13

47 35 11 7  
 

10/13-18/10

32 47 11 10  
 

1/6-10/10

27 58 8 8  
             

"How concerned, if at all, are you about the rise of Islamic extremism around the WORLD these days? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world these days?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/2-9/14

62 22 10 4 2
 

7/21-24/11

37 36 16 8 3
             

"How concerned, if at all, are you about the possible rise of Islamic extremism IN THE U.S.? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S.?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/2-9/14

53 25 14 7 1
 

7/21-24/11

36 31 19 11 2

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 5-7, 2014. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not worried
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/5-7/14

13 28 32 27 -
 

4/30/13

13 27 34 26 -
 

9/9-11/11

8 26 35 32 -
 

9/1-2/10

7 30 35 28 -
 

1/8-10/10

9 25 35 30 -
 

10/16-18/09

10 26 36 28 -
 

6/4-5/08

9 29 32 31 -
 

12/6-9/07

11 28 33 28 1
 

8/6-8/07

12 30 33 24 1
 

3/9-11/07

13 31 31 23 2
 

11/3-5/06

9 31 33 27 -
 

8/18-20/06

8 28 36 29 -

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Sept. 3-7, 2014. N=approx. 500 registered voters nationwide.
RV = registered voters. Among all adults, except where noted.

             

"Do you think that, as a country, we are more safe, about as safe, or less safe than we were before the terrorist attacks of September eleventh, 2001?"

 
    More safe About
as safe
Less safe Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/3-7/14 RV

26 26 47 1  
 

9/5-8/13

39 33 28 -  
 

8/27-31/11

42 36 21 1  
 

8/26-30/10

33 36 28 3  
 

4/23-26/09

29 40 28 3  
 

9/7-10/07

33 33 32 2  
 

7/27-30/07

34 27 37 2  

 

Pew Research Center. July 8-14, 2014. Adults nationwide.

             

"How worried are you that there will soon be another terrorist attack in the United States: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?" N=858 (Form 1)

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not at all
worried
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

7/8-14/14

24 35 27 13 1
 

4/18-21/13

23 35 27 14 1
 

11/4-7/10

21 38 24 14 3
             

"Overall, do you think the ability of terrorists to launch another major attack on the U.S. is greater, the same, or less than it was at the time of the September 11th terrorist attacks?" N=947 (Form 2)

 
    Greater The same Less Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/8-14/14

34 34 30 2  
 

10/30 - 11/6/13

34 36 29 2  
 

8/17-21/11

23 39 35 3  
 

10/13-18/10

30 41 25 4  
 

1/6-10/10

33 35 29 3  
 

8/9-13/06

25 37 33 5  
 

1/4-8/06

17 39 39 5  
 

7/13-17/05

28 40 29 3  
 

7/8-18/04

24 39 34 3  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 20-22, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Do you think the policies of the Obama administration have made the United States safer from terrorism, less safe from terrorism, or have the policies of the Obama administration not affected the safety of the U.S. from terrorism?"
2013 & earlier: "Do you think the policies of the Obama Administration have made the United States safer from terrorism, less safe from terrorism, or have the policies of the Obama Administration not affected the U.S.' safety from terrorism?"

 
    Safer Less safe Have not
affected
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

6/20-22/14

29 36 31 4  
 

5/31 - 6/4/13

36 28 30 6  
 

11/6-10/11

36 19 34 11  
 

5/20-24/10

28 25 39 8  
 

2/5-10/10

27 25 44 5  
 

1/14-17/10

28 22 41 9  
 

8/27-31/09

25 23 42 10  
 

4/22-26/09

23 19 49 9  
             

"As a result of the recent violence in Iraq, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States will increase, decrease, or stay about the same?"

 
    Increase Decrease Stay about
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

6/20-22/14

44 3 50 2  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). June 11-15, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

             

"Do you favor or oppose closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-15/14

26 59 15    

 

Gallup Poll. June 5-8, 2014. N=1,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"Which is more important for the U.S. to consider when Americans are held captive by terrorist groups: assuring the safe release of the American prisoners, even if it means working out some compromise on terrorist demands, OR, discouraging future prisoner-taking by refusing to deal with terrorist demands, even if that risks the lives of the American prisoners?" Options rotated

 
    Safe release
of prisoners
Refusing to
deal with
terrorists
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/5-8/14

43 44 13    

 

NBC News Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). May 27-29, 2014. N=800 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

             

"How would you rate your feelings toward Edward Snowden: very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative? If you don't know the name, please just say so and we'll move on."

 
    Positive Neutral Negative Don't know
name/Unsure
 
    % % % %  
 

5/27-29/14

13 25 27 35  
             

"Have you seen, read, or heard news coverage about a former government contractor named Edward Snowden who released information about how government agencies collect intelligence data to media outlets?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/27-29/14

71 27 2    
             

"When it comes to Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who released information about how government agencies collect intelligence data to media outlets, do you support or oppose what he did? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so." If no opinion either way: "Now, I realize you said you do not have an opinion, but if you had to choose, which way do you lean, toward supporting or opposing what Edward Snowden did?" Follow-up asked May 28-29 only.

 
    Support Oppose No opinion
either way
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/27-29/14

24 34 40 2  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 9-13, 2014. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

             

"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the things the U.S. government is doing to try to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-13/14

58 38 3    
             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of how the federal government has handled its investigation of the bombing at the Boston Marathon a year ago?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-13/14

67 27 6    

 

Quinnipiac University. Jan. 4-7, 2014. N=1,487 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.5.

             

"What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies -- that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, or that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

51 33 16    
 

Republicans

43 43 14    
 

Democrats

45 34 21    
 

Independents

58 29 13    
 
 

9/23-29/13

43 40 17    
 

7/28-31/13

46 39 15    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

45 40 15    
 

1/5-11/10

25 63 12    
             

"Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

48 47 5    
 

7/28-31/13

50 44 6    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

51 45 4    
             

"Do you think this program is necessary to keep Americans safe or not?"

 
    Necessary Not
necessary
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

48 46 6    
 

7/28-31/13

50 44 6    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

54 40 5    
             

"Do you think this program is too much intrusion into Americans' personal privacy or not?"

 
    Too much
intrusion
Not too
much
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

57 39 4    
 

7/28-31/13

55 41 4    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

53 44 3    
             

"Do you regard Edward Snowden -- the national security consultant who released information to the media about the phone scanning program -- as more of a traitor, or more of a whistle-blower?"

 
    Traitor Whistle-
blower
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

34 57 9    
 

7/28-31/13

34 55 11    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

34 55 11    
             

"Do you think Edward Snowden's revelations on N.S.A. surveillance were mainly good or mainly bad for the country?"

 
    Mainly
good
Mainly
bad
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

40 46 15    
             

"Do you think the Obama administration should drop the pursuit of Edward Snowden and let him come home as a free man or not?"

 
    Should
drop pursuit
Should not
drop pursuit
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

39 47 13    
             

"How likely do you think it is that a terrorist attack of some sort will occur at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Somewhat
unlikely
Very
unlikely
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/4-7/14

15 41 25 12 6

 

CBS News Poll. July 18-22, 2013. N=1,036 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"How much have you heard or read about the leaking of information by Edward Snowden about a government program to help find terrorists that involves the collection of Americans' phone call records? Have you heard or read a lot, some, or not much?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/18-22/13

32 33 29 5 1
             

"From what you have heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of Edward Snowden's actions in leaking information about this government program?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-22/13

25 56 19    
             

"Do you think the government's collection of Americans' phone call records is a violation of privacy, or not?"

 
    Is a
violation
Is not a
violation
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-22/13

67 31 2    
             

"Do you think the government's collection of Americans' phone call records is a necessary tool to help find terrorists, or do you think it is NOT necessary?"

 
    Necessary Not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

52 43 5    
 

Republicans

48 48 5    
 

Democrats

62 34 4    
 

Independents

47 47 6    
 
 

6/9-10/13

53 40 7    

 

Quinnipiac University. June 28-July 8, 2013. N=2,014 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.2.

             

"Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

51 45 4    
 

Republicans

49 45 5    
 

Democrats

58 37 5    
 

Independents

48 50 2    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 12-16, 2013. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

             

"It's been reported that the federal government’s National Security Agency collects extensive records of phone calls, as well as Internet data related to specific investigations, to try to identify possible terrorist threats. Do you support or oppose this intelligence-gathering program?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

58 39 4    
             

"The NSA surveillance program was classified as secret, and was made public by a former government contractor named Edward Snowden. Do you support or oppose Snowden being charged with a crime for disclosing the NSA surveillance program?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

43 48 9    
             

"Do you support or oppose having the U.S. Congress hold public hearings on the NSA surveillance program?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

65 30 5    

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. June 12-16, 2013. N=1,512 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.9.

             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about the government collecting information about telephone calls, e-mails and other online communications as part of efforts to monitor terrorist activity? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/12-16/13

51 35 14 1  
             

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the government's collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

48 47 4    
             

"As you may know, news organizations found out about this program through the leak of classified information. Do you think the release of this classified information serves the public interest or harms the public interest?"

 
    Serves
the public
interest
Harms
the public
interest
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/12-16/13

49 44 3 5  
             

"Do you think the government should or should not pursue a criminal case against the person responsible for leaking the classified information about the program?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

54 38 8    
             

"And thinking about yourself, do you think the U.S. government probably has or probably has not collected data about your own personal phone calls, e-mails or other online communications?"

 
    Probably
has
Probably
has not
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

54 39 8    
             

"If you knew that the federal government had collected data about your telephone or internet activity would you feel that your personal privacy had been violated, or not?"

 
    Violated Not
violated
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

63 36 1    
             

"What's your impression -- do you think the government's collection of telephone and internet data has helped prevent terrorist attacks, or not?"

 
    Has helped
prevent
Has not
helped
prevent
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/13

53 41 7    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Do you think the Obama administration has gone too far, has been about right, or has not gone far enough in restricting people's civil liberties in order to fight terrorism?"

 
    Too far About
right
Not far
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/11-13/13

43 38 17 1  
             

"As you may know, for the past few years the Obama administration has reportedly been gathering and analyzing information on the phone calls of most Americans in an attempt to locate suspected terrorists. The government says it has analyzed the phone numbers that were called but has not listened to those calls. Do you think the Obama administration was right or wrong in gathering and analyzing those phone records?"

 
    Right Wrong Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

51 48 1    
             

"And for the past few years the Obama administration has reportedly been gathering and analyzing information from major internet companies about audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails and documents involving people in other countries in an attempt to locate suspected terrorists. The government reportedly does not target internet usage by U.S. citizens and if such data is collected, it is kept under strict controls. Do you think the Obama administration was right or wrong in gathering and analyzing that internet data?"

 
    Right Wrong Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

66 33 1    
             

"Do you think that the U.S. government has or has not collected and stored data about your personal phone calls or internet usage?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

62 34 5    
             

"Do you think that the U.S. government has or has not collected and stored data about your personal phone calls or internet usage?" If has collected: "And do you think that the U.S. government is currently using that data to investigate you, or do you think that data is stored somewhere but the government has not analyzed it or paid much attention to it?" Combined responses.

 
    Currently
investigating
Stored, not
analyzed
Not sure
how it's used
Hasn't been collected Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/11-13/13

8 51 1 34 6
             

"As you may know, details of the government collection of phone records and internet data were revealed when a former government contractor named Edward Snowden leaked classified information about those government programs to two newspapers. Do you approve or disapprove of Snowden's actions?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

44 52 4    
             

"Do you think the U.S. government should or should not attempt to bring Snowden back to this country and prosecute him for leaking that information?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

54 42 4    
             

"Based on what you have heard or read about the Patriot Act, do you think all of its provisions should be kept, that it needs minor changes, that it needs major changes, or that it needs to be eliminated completely?"

 
    Should
be kept
Needs minor
changes
Needs major
changes
Needs to be
eliminated
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/11-13/13

7 44 24 14 11
 

1/6-8/06

13 50 24 7 7

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 10-11, 2013. N=805 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"There have been reports recently about the an up-to-now secret large-scale federal government program, called the PRISM program, to help prevent terrorist attacks by collecting data on telephone dialing records of U.S. citizens, internet traffic, and foreign emails. Would you say that you are following this news story very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

6/10-11/13

24 40 15 21  
             

"Overall, do you personally approve or disapprove of the federal government's policy of collecting phone dialing records, emails, and internet search records in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/10-11/13

48 44 8    
             

"Regardless of whether you approve or disapprove of this government surveillance program, do you think such efforts have done a great deal to protect the country from terrorist attacks, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

 
    A great
deal
Some Not much Nothing
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/10-11/13

11 52 17 14 5
             

"The PRISM program was authorized by Congress and is overseen by a special federal court. Does this make you more supportive of the program, less supportive, or doesn't it matter to you?"

 
    More
supportive
Less
supportive
Doesn't
matter
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/10-11/13

20 27 48 5  
             

"Do you think that the government is striking the right balance between preventing terrorism and protecting the privacy of American citizens; should be doing more to prevent terrorism, even if it means giving up more of your privacy; or, should the government be cutting back on such programs that threaten privacy?"

 
    Striking
the right
balance
Do more
to prevent
terrorism
Cut back on programs that
threaten
privacy
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/10-11/13

28 20 43 9  
             

"How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not worried
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/10-11/13

7 24 36 31 1
             

"As a result of disclosing this widespread monitoring program to fight terrorism, do you believe that the government will be forced to reduce or eliminate this surveillance program, or not?"

 
    Will be forced
to reduce or
eliminate
Will
not be
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/10-11/13

32 58 10    
             

"As a result of disclosing this widespread monitoring program to fight terrorism, do you believe that the courts will overturn the program and put a stop to it, or not?"

 
    Courts will
overturn
Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/10-11/13

23 65 12    
             

"As a result of disclosing this widespread monitoring program to fight terrorism, do you believe that we'll find out that the program is even bigger and more widespread than we know even now, or not?"

 
    Will find out
it's bigger
Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/10-11/13

76 16 8    
             

"Do you think that President Obama is more careful about protecting your privacy than was President Bush, less careful, or about the same as President Bush?"

 
    More
careful
Less
careful
About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/10-11/13

25 28 42 5  
             

"Do you think the federal government should prosecute government officials and others who leak classified material that might damage security efforts, or should the government not prosecute leakers because the American public has a right to know about such programs?"

 
    Should
prosecute
Should not
prosecute
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/10-11/13

53 28 11 8  
             

"Do you feel that the person who leaked the information about this secret program did a good thing in informing the American public or a bad thing?"

 
    A good
thing
A bad
thing
Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/10-11/13

54 30 9 7  
             

"How concerned are you the government will misuse the information being collected to snoop into people's personal lives? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not
concerned
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/10-11/13

32 31 18 18 1

 

CBS News Poll. June 9-10, 2013. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"How likely do you think it is that there will be another terrorist attack in the United States within the next few months: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/9-10/13

16 36 29 13 6
 

4/24-28/13

24 42 26 5 3
 

4/27-30/12

10 27 37 20 6
 

8/19-23/11

9 33 40 15 3
 

5/2-3/11

21 48 22 7 1
 

11/7-10/10

15 39 32 12 3
 

5/20-24/10

19 41 28 8 4
 

2/5-10/10

18 40 28 10 4
 

1/6-10/10

26 40 22 8 4
             

"Overall, in its efforts to fight terrorism, do you think the U.S. government has gone too far in infringing on people's privacy, or has it not gone far enough, or has the balance been about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
Balance
about right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/9-10/13

36 13 46 5  
             

"How concerned are you about losing some of your privacy as a result of steps taken by the federal government to fight terrorism -- are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/9-10/13

28 31 20 20 1
             

"It was recently revealed that federal government agencies have been collecting records of phone calls and internet activity in their efforts to fight terrorism. How closely have you been following news about this: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all closely?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all
closely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/9-10/13

29 40 18 12 1
             

"In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, do you approve or disapprove of federal government agencies collecting phone records of ordinary Americans?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/9-10/13

38 58 3    
             

"In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, do you approve or disapprove of federal government agencies collecting phone records of Americans that the government suspects of terrorist activity?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/9-10/13

75 20 5    
             

"In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, do you approve or disapprove of federal government agencies monitoring the internet activities of people living in foreign countries?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/9-10/13

72 23 6    
             

"How concerned are you, personally, that the government might be collecting your phone call records -- are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not at all
concerned
 
    % % % %  
 

6/9-10/13

19 19 24 38  
             

"How concerned are you, personally, that the government might be monitoring your internet activities, such as the web sites you visit and the email you send -- are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Don't use
internet
(vol.)
    % % % % %
 

6/9-10/13

15 20 22 38 5
             

"Do you think the fact that the program of collecting phone and internet records has been made public will weaken the United States' ability to prevent future terrorist attacks, or will this have no impact on the United States' ability to prevent future terrorist attacks?"

 
    Weaken No impact Strengthen
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/9-10/13

30 57 3 10  

 

Pew Research Center/Washington Post Poll. June 6-9, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely. ..."

 
    Very
closely
Fairly
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all
closely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The government collecting records about Verizon phone calls for national security purposes"

 

6/6-9/13

27 21 17 35 -
             
 

"The government collecting emails and other online activities directly from large internet companies to track foreign suspects in terror investigations" Asked June 7-9, 2013, only; N=743; margin of error ± 4.3.

 

6/7-9/13

26 24 17 33 1
 

"What do you think is more important right now: for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy; or for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats?" Options rotated. 2010 & earlier: ABC/Washington Post.

 
    Investigate
threats
Not intrude
on privacy
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/6-9/13

62 34 4    
 

11/21/10

68 26 6    
 

1/10

75 23 2    
 

12/06

63 34 3    
 

9/5-7/06

65 32 3    
 

5/11/06

65 31 4    
 

1/5-8/06

65 32 3    
             

"As you may know, it has been reported that the National Security Agency has been getting secret court orders to track telephone call records of MILLIONS of Americans in an effort to investigate terrorism. Would you consider this access to telephone call records an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?"

 
    Acceptable Unacceptable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

56 41 2    
 

Republicans

52 47 1    
 

Democrats

64 34 2    
 

Independents

53 44 3    
             

"Do you think the U.S. government should be able to monitor everyone's email and other online activities if officials say this might prevent future terrorist attacks?" Asked June 7-9, 2013, only; N=743; margin of error ± 4.3.

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/7-9/13

45 52 3    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 31-June 4, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. using unmanned aircraft or 'drones' to carry out missile attacks against suspected terrorists in foreign countries?"
2/13 & 4/13: "Do you favor or oppose the U.S. using unmanned aircraft or 'drones' to carry out bombing attacks against suspected terrorists in foreign countries?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/31 - 6/4/13

72 22 6    
 

4/24-28/13

70 20 10    
 

2/6-10/13

71 20 9    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 30-June 2, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

             

"As you may know, the Department of Justice subpoenaed phone records of reporters without their knowledge as part of an investigation into a national security leak. Do you think it was appropriate or not appropriate for the Justice Department to subpoena reporters' phone records? If you do not know enough about this issue to have an opinion, please just say so and we'll move on." Half sample (Form B)

 
    Appropriate Not
appropriate
Do not
know
enough
   
    % % %    
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

27 48 25    
             

"When it comes to the United States targeting and killing suspected members of terrorist groups, should this include the targeting and killing of Americans living in other countries who are suspected members of terrorist groups or not? If you don't know enough to have an opinion on this issue please just say so." Half sample (Form A)

 
    Should
include
Should not
include
Don't know
enough
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

43 25 29 1 2
             

"As you know, the United States has been targeting and killing suspected members of Al Qaeda and other terrorists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen, and other countries. Many of these killings have been conducted using unmanned aircraft that are controlled remotely, also known as drones. Do you favor or oppose the use of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, to kill suspected members of Al Qaeda and other terrorists? If you don't know enough to have an opinion on this issue please just say so."

 
    Favor Oppose Don't know
enough
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

66 16 15 1 2
 

2/21-24/13

64 12 22 1 1

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). May 18-20, 2013. N=1,013 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

[Preceding question: "Does it feel like the federal government has gotten out of control and is threatening the basic civil liberties of Americans, or doesn't it feel this way to you?"]
"As you may have heard, the U.S. Justice Department secretly seized extensive telephone records of calls on both work and personal phones for reporters and editors working for the Associated Press in the spring of 2012. At the time, the news organization, using government leaks, had broken a story about an international terrorist plot. The government obtained the phone records without giving the news organization prior notice, as is customary. Do you think the government was probably justified in taking these actions or does this sound more like the government went too far?"

 
    Probably
justified
Went
too far
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-20/13

31 60 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

             

"As you may know, the Associated Press reported classified information about U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, and federal prosecutors have obtained AP's phone records through a court order to try to find the source of this information. Do you think this action by federal prosecutors is or is not justified?"

 
    Justified Not
justified
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

52 33 15    
             

"More generally, how concerned are you that in trying to protect classified information the federal government will improperly intrude on the freedom of the press: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not
concerned
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/16-19/13

32 37 18 11 2

 

Pew Research Center. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the Justice Department obtaining the phone records of Associated Press journalists as part of an investigation into the disclosure of classified information?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

36 44 20    
 

Republicans

36 48 16    
 

Democrats

43 40 17    
 

Independents

32 47 21    

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.6.

             

"It was revealed this week that the Justice Department has seized comprehensive phone records for reporters and editors at the Associated Press in connection with an unspecified investigation. In such cases, which is more important to you -- that the government be able to censor news stories it feels threaten national security, or that the news media be able to report stories they feel are in the national interest?"

 
    Government
censor news
News media
report
Equally
important
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/16-19/13

23 62 5 9  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 17-18, 2013. N=923 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"As you may know, after the Associated Press ran news stories that included classified information about U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, the Justice Department secretly collected phone records for reporters and editors who work there. How important an issue do you think this is to the nation: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too important Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/17-18/13

53 34 8 4 1
             

"Based on what you have read or heard about this, do you think that the actions of the Justice Department were acceptable or unacceptable?"

 
    Acceptable Unacceptable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/17-18/13

43 52 5    

 

CNN/Time/ORC Poll. April 30, 2013. N=606 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"Which comes closer to your view? The terrorists will always find a way to launch major attacks no matter what the U.S. government does. OR, The U.S. government can eventually prevent all major attacks if it works hard enough at it."

 
    Terrorists
will find
a way
Can prevent
all major
attacks
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/30/13

63 32 5    
 

9/9-11/11

58 40 2    
 

1/8-10/10

60 39 1    
 

9/7-9/07

57 40 3    
 

8/30 - 9/2/06

57 41 2    
             

"What concerns you more right now -- that the government will fail to enact strong, new anti-terrorism policies, or that the government will enact new anti-terrorism policies which excessively restrict the average person's civil liberties?"

 
    Fail to
enact strong
policies
Excessively
restrict
civil liberties
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/30/13

31 61 4 4  
             

"Would you be willing to give up some civil liberties if that were necessary to curb terrorism in this country, or not?"

 
    Willing Not
willing
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/30/13

40 49 9 2  
             

"Here are some increased powers of investigation that law enforcement agencies might use when dealing with people suspected of terrorist activity, which would also affect our civil liberties. For each, please say if you would favor or oppose it. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Expanded camera surveillance on streets and in public places"

 

4/30/13

81 18 1    
             
 

"Expanded government monitoring of cell phones and email, to intercept communications"

 

4/30/13

38 59 3    
             
 

"Law enforcement monitoring of Internet discussions in chat rooms and other forums"

 

4/30/13

55 42 3    
             
 

"Use of facial-recognition technology to scan for suspected terrorists at various locations and public events"

 

4/30/13

79 17 3    
 

"In order to reduce your chances of being a victim of terrorist attacks, will you, personally, be less likely to attend large public events in the future, or not?"

 
    Less likely Not less
likely
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/30/13

27 70 3    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 25-29, 2013. N=1,471 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.6.

             

"In general, do you think terrorist suspects should be tried in civilian courts or military courts?"

 
    Civilian
courts
Military
courts
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

30 58 12    
             

"Do you think the American criminal justice system is capable of dealing with terrorism or do you believe it allows terrorist suspects too many rights?"

 
    Capable Too many
rights
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

35 53 13    
             

"In general, do you think people convicted of murder during an act of terrorism should receive the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?"

 
    Death
penalty
Life/No
parole
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

63 32 5    
             

"If the alleged Boston Marathon bomber is convicted of murder, do you think he should receive the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?"

 
    Death
penalty
Life/No
parole
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

59 36 5    
             

"Some people say that since many alleged terrorists seek martyrdom, a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole is a better punishment for them than the death penalty. Do you agree or disagree?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

37 56 6    
             

"Do you think there is more the government can do to prevent attacks like the one in Boston, or is there not much more the government can do to prevent this type of attack?"

 
    Can do
more
Not much
more
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

54 39 7    
             

"Have the Boston Marathon bombings changed your opinion regarding whether there should be a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

23 70 6    
             

"Do you think allowing more illegal immigrants who are living in the U.S. a path to citizenship would increase the likelihood of terrorism, decrease the likelihood of terrorism, or wouldn't it make a difference?"

 
    Increase Decrease Not make a
difference
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

4/25-29/13

22 7 66 6  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 24-28, 2013. N=965 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the threat of terrorism?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

56 35 9    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

68 20 12    
             

"Who do you trust more to make the right decisions about handling the threat of terrorism: the Republicans in Congress or Barack Obama?"

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Obama Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/24-28/13

38 48 3 6 4
             

"As a result of LEGAL immigration into the United States, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States has increased, decreased, or stayed the same?"

 
    Increased Decreased Stayed
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

49 4 41 5  
 

5/18-23/07

42 3 54 1  
             

"How closely have you been following news about the bombings at the Boston Marathon: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all closely?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all
closely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/24-28/13

45 40 13 2 1
             

"How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to protect its citizens from future terrorist attacks: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Not very
much
None
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/24-28/13

22 48 23 6 1
 

11/7-10/10

24 51 16 6 2
 

1/6-10/10

15 56 23 4 2
 

7/20-22/07

17 49 24 8 2
             

"Would you say you personally are very concerned about a terrorist attack in the area where you live, or not?"

 
    Very
concerned
Not very
concerned
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

23 76 1    
 

1/6-10/10

22 77 1    
 

12/17-22/09

17 82 1    
             

"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Americans will always have to live with the risk of terrorism."

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

90 8 2    
 

8/19-23/11

83 15 2    
 

10/27-31/02

85 13 2    
 

9/2-5/02

90 9 1    
             

"In general, do you think the United States is adequately prepared to deal with another terrorist attack, or not?"

 
    Prepared Not
prepared
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

60 35 5    
 

8/19-23/11

54 37 9    
 

8/27-31/09

50 44 6    
 

9/4-9/07

39 56 5    
 

8/17-21/06

49 44 6    
 

3/20-24/03

64 29 7    
             

"What about your state and local governments? Do you think your state and local governments are adequately prepared to deal with another terrorist attack, or not?"

 
    Prepared Not
prepared
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

48 41 10    
 

8/17-21/06

39 52 9    
 

3/20-22/03

49 42 10    
             

"Overall, in its efforts to fight terrorism, do you think the U.S. government has gone too far in restricting people's civil liberties, or has it not gone far enough, or has the balance been about right?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

20 26 49 5  
             

"In order to reduce your chances of being a victim of terrorist attacks, will you, personally, be less likely to attend large public events in the future, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

25 72 3    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way federal and local law enforcement authorities handled the bombings at the Boston Marathon?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

84 9 6    
             

"Do you think the U.S. intelligence agencies had information that could have prevented the bombings that occurred at the Boston Marathon, or not?"

 
    Did Did not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

41 45 15    
             

"Do you think the suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon acted alone or do you think they were connected to a larger terrorist group?"

 
    Alone Larger
group
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

32 53 15    
             

"Some people think installing video surveillance cameras in public places is a good idea because they may help to reduce the threat of terrorism. Other people think this is a bad idea because surveillance cameras may infringe on people's privacy rights. What do you think? Would you say that it is a good idea or a bad idea to install surveillance cameras in public places?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

78 16 3 3  
 

7/13-14/05

71 23 4 2  
             

"Some people have said that information about making explosives should not be allowed on the Internet, where other people could learn how to do it. Other people say we should allow such information on the Internet, even if we don't like it, since prohibiting it would be a form of censorship. Which comes closest to your view? Do you think information about making explosives should or should not be permitted on the Internet?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

30 66 4    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). April 20-22, 2013. N=1,009 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing on the following issues? Terrorism."

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

55 37 7    
 

2/4-6/13

59 36 5    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job the government is doing to protect the country from terrorism?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

69 28 3    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of law enforcement's handling of the Boston Marathon bombings?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

91 4 5    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama administration's handling of the Boston Marathon bombings?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

71 18 11    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the media's handling of the Boston Marathon bombings?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

55 41 4    

 

Pew Research Center. April 18-21, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely. First, a terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon."

 
    Very
closely
Fairly
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all
closely
 
    % % % %  
 

4/18-21/13

63 22 10 5  
             

"In general, how would you rate the job the press has done in covering the Boston Marathon bombing: excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/18-21/13

32 40 14 8 5
             

"Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statement. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree, or completely DISagree that occasional acts of terrorism in the U.S. will be part of life in the future?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/18-21/13

75 22 3    
 

4/4-15/12

64 31 5    
 

4/09

62 32 6    
 

1/07

70 24 6    
 

8/03

74 22 4    
             

"Do you think there is more the government can do to prevent attacks like the one in Boston, or is there not much more the government can do to prevent this type of attack?" Options rotated

 
    More can
be done
Not much
more can
be done
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/18-21/13

49 45 6    
             

"All things considered, do you think the steps the government has taken since September 11th, 2001, have made the country safer from terrorism, or have they not had much of an effect?"

 
    Made country
safer
Not had much
of an effect
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/18-21/13

60 35 5    

 

Washington Post Poll. April 17-18, 2013. N=588 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 5.

             

"As you have probably heard, explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 100 others. How closely have you been following news about the bombings in Boston: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not at all closely?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all
closely
 
    % % % %  
 

4/17-18/13

38 41 12 8  
             

"How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to prevent further terrorist attacks against Americans in this country: a great deal, a good amount, only a fair amount or none at all?"

 
    A great
deal
A good
amount
Only a fair
amount
None
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/17-18/13

15 28 42 15 1
 

5/11

22 40 31 7 1
 

8/30 - 9/2/10

12 32 45 11 -
 

9/4-7/07

15 34 40 10 1
 

9/5-7/06

15 31 43 10 1
 

1/23-26/06

19 31 39 11 -
 

9/8-11/05

14 27 41 18 -
 

8/18-21/05

14 28 43 15 -
 

9/03

14 31 48 7 1
 

9/02

12 38 43 6 -
 

7/02

13 33 45 9 -
 

6/02

14 30 44 11 -
 

5/02

17 29 42 10 2
 

3/02

18 38 39 5 -
 

1/02

18 40 37 6 1
 

11/27/01

24 39 32 5 1
 

11/5-6/01

17 35 40 7 1
 

9/11/01

35 31 30 2 1
 

6/97

10 26 52 10 3
 

8/96

12 23 49 16 -
 

5/95

12 24 51 12 1
 

4/95

13 24 51 11 1
 

6/93

22 37 32 8 1
 

4/89

16 30 38 16 -
             

"How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in the United States? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
Somewhat Not too
much
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/17-18/13

32 37 20 10 1
 

9/5-7/08

18 46 23 13 -
 

9/4-7/07

25 41 23 10 -
 

9/5-7/06

29 45 17 8 -
             

"How concerned are you about the possibility there will be a major terrorist attack in your own community where you live? Is this something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
Somewhat Not too
much
Not at all  
    % % % %  
 

4/17-18/13

13 27 27 32  
 

9/11/01

16 26 33 25  
             

"Which worries you more: that the government will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that it will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?" Options rotated

 
    Will not go
far enough
Will go
too far
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/17-18/13

41 48 5 6  
             

"Which comes closer to your view? The terrorists will always find a way to launch major attacks no matter what the U.S. government does. OR, The U.S. government can eventually prevent all major attacks if it works hard enough at it."

 
    Terrorist
will find
a way
All major
attacks can
be prevented
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/17-18/13

66 30 4    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). April 16, 2013. N=619 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"As you have probably heard, explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured dozens. How closely have you been following news about the bombings in Boston: [see below]?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all
closely
 
    % % % %  
 

4/16/13

36 44 14 6  
             

"How worried are you that terrorist attacks might take place where you live or work: [see below]?"

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not very
worried
Not at all
worried
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/16/13

9 25 34 31 1
             

"How well prepared do you think your local authorities are to handle a terrorist attack in your area: [see below]?"

 
    Very
prepared
Somewhat
prepared
Not very
prepared
Not at all
prepared
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/16/13

22 47 16 10 5
             

"How confident are you that government authorities will catch those responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings: [see below]?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not very
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/16/13

41 38 13 7 1
             

"Which do you believe is more of a threat on U.S. soil: Islamic terrorists, or homegrown terrorists like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh?"

 
    Islamic
terrorists
Homegrown
terrorists
Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/16/13

26 51 12 10  
             

"And -- just your best guess -- who do you believe is more likely to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings: Islamic terrorists, or homegrown terrorists?"

 
    Islamic
terrorists
Homegrown
terrorists
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/16/13

20 62 19    
             

"Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?" Prior to 2013: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/16/13

43 45 12    
 
 

5/16-18/06

54 36 10    
 

1/10-11/06

61 27 13    
 

7/26-27/05

64 21 15    
 

9/8-9/02

61 24 15    
 

6/4-5/02

64 21 15    
 

10/17-18/01

71 20 9    
 

5/9-10/01

33 40 27    
 

8/7-8/96

60 30 10    
             

"Which of the following best describes how you feel about the Boston Marathon bombings: worried about more attacks, or angry the attacks happened?" Options rotated

 
    Worried Angry Both (vol.) Other (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/16/13

27 58 8 4 4
             

"As a result of the Boston Marathon bombings, will you change the way you lead your everyday life?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/16/13

18 81 1    

 

Gallup Poll. March 20-21, 2013. N=1,020 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"How closely have you been following news about the U.S. government's use of unmanned military aircraft known as drones: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/20-21/13

14 35 25 24 2
             

"Do you think the U.S. government should or should not use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against suspected terrorists?" N=502 (Form A), margin of error ± 6

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/20-21/13

65 28 8    
             

"Do you think the U.S. government should or should not use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against U.S. citizens living abroad who are suspected terrorists?" N=502 (Form A), margin of error ± 6

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/20-21/13

41 52 7    
             

"Do you think the U.S. government should or should not use drones to launch airstrikes in the U.S. against suspected terrorists living here?" N=518 (Form B), margin of error ± 6

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/20-21/13

25 66 9    
             

"Do you think the U.S. government should or should not use drones to launch airstrikes in the U.S. against U.S. citizens living here who are suspected terrorists?" N=518 (Form B), margin of error ± 6

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/20-21/13

13 79 7    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Feb. 25-27, 2013. N=1,010 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Now I'm going to read you a series of ways in which the United States might use deadly force against suspected terrorists. For each one, please tell me if you approve or disapprove. Do you approve or disapprove of the United States using unmanned aircraft called drones to kill a suspected terrorist in a foreign country?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/25-27/13

74 22 4    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States using unmanned aircraft called drones to kill a suspected terrorist in a foreign country if the suspect is a U.S. citizen?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/25-27/13

60 36 5    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States using unmanned aircraft called drones to kill a suspected foreign terrorist on U.S. soil?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

56 40 4    
 

Democrats

53 45 3    
 

Republicans

60 36 4    
 

Independents

55 40 5    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States using unmanned aircraft called drones to kill a suspected terrorist who is a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

45 50 5    
 

Democrats

44 52 4    
 

Republicans

47 49 4    
 

Independents

45 51 5    
             

"Do you think the president of the United States, on his own, should be able to authorize the use of deadly force, such as a drone strike, to kill a suspected terrorist who is a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/25-27/13

32 63 5    

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 7-10, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States conducting missile strikes from pilotless aircraft called drones to target extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/7-10/13

56 26 18    
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

55 34 11    

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 6-10, 2013. N=1,148 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. targeting and killing American citizens in foreign countries who are suspected of carrying out terrorist activities against the U.S.?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/6-10/13

49 38 13    

Terrorism continued


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