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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 7-9, 2012. N=826 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Would you say the country has become safer from terrorism since Obama became president, less safe, or has safety from terrorism remained the same?"

 
    Safer Less safe Remained
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/7-9/12

40 12 47 1  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. May 3-7, 2012. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

             

"Has the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces increased the threat of terrorism against the United States, decreased the threat of terrorism against the United States, or had no effect on the threat of terrorism against the United States?"

 
    Increased Decreased Had no effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/3-7/12

27 31 38 5  
 

5/5-9/11

50 17 31 2  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 18-20, 2011. Adults nationwide.

             

"In a procedure known as 'waterboarding,' interrogators produce the sensation of drowning by either dunking a restrained prisoner in water or pouring water over the prisoner's face. Do you consider this procedure to be a form of torture, or not?" Version A (N=513, MoE 4.5)
2007: "In a procedure known as 'waterboarding,' interrogators produce the sensation of drowning in a restrained prisoner by either dunking him in water or pouring water over his face. Do you consider this procedure to be a form of torture, or not?"

 
    Torture Not torture Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/18-20/11

68 31 1    
 

Democrats

83 16 1    
 

Independents

75 25 1    
 

Republicans

44 56 -    
 
 

11/2-4/07

69 29 2    
             

"In a procedure known as 'waterboarding,' interrogators produce the sensation of drowning by either dunking a restrained prisoner in water or pouring water over the prisoner's face. Do you think the U.S. government should or should not be allowed to use this procedure to attempt to get information from suspected terrorists?" Version B (N=506, MoE 4.5)
2007: "In a procedure known as 'waterboarding,' interrogators produce the sensation of drowning in a restrained prisoner by either dunking him in water or pouring water over his face. Do you think the U.S. government should or should not be allowed to use this procedure to attempt to get information from suspected terrorists?"

 
    Should
be allowed
Should not
be allowed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/18-20/11

50 49 2    
 

Democrats

44 56 -    
 

Independents

44 54 2    
 

Republicans

69 29 2    
 
 

11/2-4/07

40 58 2    

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 6-10, 2011. N=1,182 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States taking military action in countries where it believes terrorists are hiding?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Approve of
some (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/11

65 22 7 6  
             

"Is it ever okay for the U.S. to authorize the killing of an American citizen in a foreign country if that person is known to be a terrorist, or is that never okay?"

 
    Okay Never okay Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/6-10/11

53 35 12    
             

"Who do you think is currently winning the war against terrorism: the U.S. and its allies, neither side, or the terrorists?"

 
    U.S. and
its allies
Neither
side
Terrorists Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/11

42 42 9 7  
 

8/19-23/11

38 47 9 6  
             

"Do you think it is sometimes justified to use waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation tactics to get information from a suspected terrorist, or are these tactics never justified?"

 
    Sometimes
justified
Never
justified
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/6-10/11

45 40 6 9  
 

Republicans

70 20 5 5  
 

Democrats

35 48 6 11  
 

Independents

37 46 8 9  
 
 

4/22-26/09

37 46 7 10  
             

"As you may know, for the past several years the United States has been holding a number of suspected terrorists at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the U.S. should continue to operate the prison at Guantanamo Bay, or do you think the U.S. should close the prison and transfer the prisoners somewhere else?"
2010 & earlier: "... do you think the U.S. should continue to operate the prison, or do you think the U.S. should ... ?"

 
    Continue to
operate
Close the
prison
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/6-10/11

52 33 15    
 

1/6-10/10

55 32 13    
 

11/13-16/09

50 39 11    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 24-25, 2011. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How likely is it that there will be acts of terrorism in the United States in the days around September 11th this year: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

 
    Very likely Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not likely
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

8/24-25/11

9 30 41 19  
             

"Thinking back to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, generally speaking, do you think things in the country are completely back to normal, somewhat back to normal but not completely, or not yet back to normal?"

 
    Completely
back to
normal
Somewhat
back to
normal
Not yet
back to
normal
   
    % % %    
 

8/24-25/11

5 47 48    
 

8/28-31/09

7 49 44    
 

9/7-9/07

5 49 46    
 

8/30 - 9/2/06

2 41 57    
             

"Thinking back to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, generally speaking, do you think things in the country are completely back to normal, somewhat back to normal but not completely, or not yet back to normal?" If not completely back to normal: "Do you think the country will ever completely return to normal at some point in the future, or don't you feel that way?" Combined responses

 
    Completely
back to
normal
Completely
back to
normal at
some point
Never
completely
back to
normal
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/24-25/11

5 31 63 1  
 

8/28-31/09

7 32 60 1  
 

9/7-9/07

5 30 63 2  
 

8/30 - 9/2/06

2 29 70 -  
             

"Which of the following comes closer to your view? There is little reason for you, personally, to be afraid of terrorist threats. There is good reason for you, personally, to be afraid of terrorist threats." Options rotated

 
    Little
reason
Good
reason
     
    % %      
 

8/24-25/11

64 36      

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 3-7, 2011. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you believe that Osama bin Laden is dead, or do you think he is still alive?"

 
    Dead Alive Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-7/11

86 11 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2011. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think the killing of Osama bin Laden has made the al Qaeda terrorist network more of a threat to the United States, less of a threat, or has it not changed the level of threat posed by al Qaeda?"

 
    More of
a threat
Less of
a threat
Not changed
level
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/2-5/11

27 24 48 1  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. May 5-9, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.2.

             

"How do you feel about the use of torture against suspected terrorists to obtain information about terrorism activities? Can that often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?" Options rotated

 
    Often Sometimes Rarely Never Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/5-9/11

25 35 14 25 2
 

1/12-17/10

23 29 19 27 3
 

5/28 - 6/1/09

20 32 18 29 1
             

"How often do you worry about becoming a victim of terrorism? Would you say frequently, occasionally, rarely, or never?"

 
    Frequently Occasionally Rarely Never  
    % % % %  
 

5/5-9/11

9 24 38 28  
 

11/3-8/10

9 28 34 29  
 

1/12-17/10

14 26 36 24  
 

5/28 - 6/1/09

13 23 36 29  
             

"How concerned are you about the chance that you or your family might be a victim of a terrorist attack? Would you say a great deal, somewhat, not too much, or not at all?"

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

5/5-9/11

6 27 41 27 -
 

1/12-17/10

9 29 38 23 1
 

5/28 - 6/1/09

10 25 35 29 -
             

"And when it comes to terrorism, how confident are you that President Barack Obama will be able to handle this issue effectively: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"

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

5/5-9/11

38 36 15 12 -
 

11/3-8/10

27 37 17 19 -
 

1/12-17/10

27 37 19 17 -
 

5/28 - 6/1/09

36 34 14 15 1
             

"Overall, do you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way the U.S. military and CIA handled the raid which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/5-9/11

86 6 6 1  
             

"Do you think that U.S. forces were justified in killing bin Laden during this raid or were they not justified?"

 
    Justified Not justified Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/5-9/11

87 9 3    
             

"All in all, do you think the U.S. search for Osama bin Laden took too long, or did not take too long?"

 
    Took too
long
Did not take
too long
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/5-9/11

75 22 2    
             

"Do you think the U.S. government has or has not released enough information about what happened during the raid?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/5-9/11

64 33 3    
             

"Do you think the United States should or should not release a photo or video of Osama bin Laden's dead body?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/5-9/11

34 64 2    

 

Pew Research Center. May 5-8, 2011. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.  5/2/11: Co-sponsored by The Washington Post.

             

"Is your impression that the government of Pakistan mostly helped or mostly hurt U.S. efforts to find Osama bin Laden, or don't you know enough to say?"

 
    Mostly
helped
Mostly
hurt
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/5-8/11

6 39 52 3  
 

5/2/11

8 34 54 3  

 

NBC News Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 5-7, 2011. N=800 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think the death of Osama bin Laden will make it easier, make it harder, or not affect the United States' ability to win the global war on terror?"

 
    Make it
easier
Make it
harder
Not affect
U.S.' ability
Depends
(vol.)/Unsure
 
    % % % %  
 

5/5-7/11

39 15 38 8  
             

"Thinking some more about the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden: Have you gained respect, lost respect, or is your opinion unchanged for each of the following? . . ."

 
    Gained
respect
Lost
respect
Opinion
unchanged
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"The U.S. Military"

 

5/5-7/11

62 1 35 2  
             
 

"The Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA"

 

5/5-7/11

47 2 47 4  
             
 

"President Obama"

 

5/5-7/11

47 6 46 1  
             
 

"Former President George W. Bush"

 

5/5-7/11

20 13 65 2  
             
 

"Pakistan"

 

5/5-7/11

4 45 47 4  
             

"Do you think it was the right decision or wrong decision to kill Osama bin Laden rather than capture him?"

 
    Right
decision
Wrong
decision
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/5-7/11

80 11 9    
             

"Do you think the Obama Administration should release or should not release the picture that shows Osama bin Laden dead with a bullet wound in the face? ... And, do you feel that way strongly or not so strongly?"

 
    Should:
Strongly
Should:
Not strongly
Should not:
Not strongly
Should not:
Strongly
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/5-7/11

24 5 12 52 7
             

"Do you think the leaders of Pakistan knew where Osama bin Laden was in their country and deliberately withheld this information from the United States or do you think they did not know where Osama bin Laden was?"

 
    Withheld
from U.S.
Did not
know
Knew he was
in the country, but not exact
location (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/5-7/11

72 13 6 9  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 2, 2011. N=700 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"How likely is it that there will be further acts of terrorism in the United States over the next several weeks: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

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

5/2/11

26 42 23 6 2
 

10/5-7/10

14 35 33 15 3
 

5/21-23/10

14 41 31 12 1
 

8/28-31/09

9 25 42 22 1
 

12/1-2/08

9 27 45 17 1
 

9/5-7/08

7 23 43 27 1
 

6/26-29/08

8 27 45 20 1
 

8/6-8/07

9 32 42 17 -
 

5/4-6/07

11 27 37 23 2
 

1/19-21/07

9 29 41 18 3
 

8/18-20/06

16 38 31 13 2
             

"What is your personal reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden? Are you thrilled, happy, unhappy, or don't you care one way or the other?"

 
    Thrilled Happy Unhappy Don't care Other (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/2/11

37 42 4 11 7
             

"Do you consider the death of Osama bin Laden to be a major achievement for the United States, a minor achievement, or not an achievement at all?"

 
    Major Minor Not at all    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

67 23 9    
             

"Who do you think is currently winning the war on terrorism: the U.S. and its allies, neither side, or the terrorists?"

 
    U.S. and allies Neither side Terrorists Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/2/11

44 45 9 2  
 

12/6-9/07

32 46 21 1  
 

9/7-9/07

31 49 19 1  
 

1/19-21/07

28 54 17 1  
 

10/27-29/06

34 43 20 4  
 

8/18-20/06

36 41 22 1  
 

8/2-3/06

31 45 21 3  
 

6/8-11/06

29 47 19 5  
             

"Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, do you think the threat to the U.S. from the al Qaeda terrorist network will be eliminated, or that the al Qaeda terrorist network will still remain a threat to the U.S.?"

 
    Will be
eliminated
Will remain Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

5 94 1    
             

"Based on what you have read or heard about the events surrounding Osama bin Laden's death, would you say you are proud of the way the U.S. military forces involved in that operation handled themselves, or don't you feel that way?"

 
    Proud Don't feel
that way
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

88 8 3    
             

"Do you think that the U.S. government should or should not publicly release a picture of the body of Osama bin Laden?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

56 39 4    

 

Pew Research Center/Washington Post. May 2, 2011. N=654 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, do you think the terrorism threat is mostly over or do you think we will have to take further military actions to reduce the threat of terrorism to the United States?"

 
    Mostly over Will have to
take further
actions
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

5 85 10    
             

"Regardless of the long-term impact, how worried are you, if at all, that the terrorist group al Qaeda will attempt a major terrorist attack against the United States as retaliation for bin Laden's death? Is this something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much, or not at all?"

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

5/2/11

22 45 20 12 1
             

"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
    % % % % %
 

5/2/11

22 40 31 7 1
             

"How much do you think bin Laden's death will contribute to long-term peace and stability in the Middle East? Do you think it will help a great deal, somewhat, not much or hardly at all?"

 
    A great deal Somewhat Not much Hardly at all Won't (vol.)
    % % % % %
 

5/2/11

12 39 20 22 3
             

"How about contribute to the long-term security of the United States?" If necessary: "Do you think it will help a great deal, somewhat, not much or hardly at all?"

 
    A great deal Somewhat Not much Hardly at all Won't (vol.)
    % % % % %
 

5/2/11

22 46 16 13 1
             

"Does Osama bin Laden's death make you more confident or less confident that the U.S. can achieve its goals in the war in Afghanistan, or doesn't it affect your views either way?"

 
    More
confident
Less
confident
Doesn't
affect views
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/2/11

46 5 45 3  
             

"How much credit, if any, do you think [see below] should get for the killing of Osama bin Laden: a great deal, some, not much or none at all?"

 
    A great deal Some Not much None at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

"The U.S. military"

 

5/2/11

86 10 - 2 2
             
 

"The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies"

 

5/2/11

66 23 3 3 5
             
 

"Barack Obama"

 

5/2/11

35 41 13 8 2
             
 

"George W. Bush"

 

5/2/11

15 36 15 31 3
             

"Please tell me if each of the following does or does not describe your own feelings about the death of Osama bin Laden? The first is [see below]. Does this describe your own personal feelings about the death of Osama bin Laden, or not?"

 
    Does Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

"Relieved"

 

5/2/11

72 26 2    
             
 

"Proud"

 

5/2/11

60 36 3    
             
 

"Happy"

 

5/2/11

58 37 4    
             
 

"Afraid"

 

5/2/11

16 83 1    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 2, 2011. N=645 adults nationwide. Margin of error 5.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. military action that killed Osama bin Laden?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

93 5 3    
             

"How important do you think it is to the U.S. that Osama bin Laden was killed: extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

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

5/2/11

45 34 15 4 1
             

"Do you think it would have been better for the U.S. to capture Osama bin Laden alive, or to kill Osama bin Laden?" Options rotated

 
    Capture Kill Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

33 60 7    
             

"Prior to hearing the news that Osama bin Laden was killed, did you think it was likely or unlikely that the U.S. would ever capture or kill bin Laden?"

 
    Likely Unlikely Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/2/11

57 40 3    
             

"Do you think the death of Osama bin Laden will make the U.S. safer or less safe from terrorism?"

 
    Safer Less safe No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/2/11

54 28 12 6  
             

"Does the death of Osama bin Laden make you more confident that the U.S. can succeed in the war against Islamic terrorism, or not?" If more confident: "Does it make you a lot more confident or only a little more confident?"

 
    A lot more
confident
A little more
confident
Not more
confident
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/2/11

39 34 23 4  
             

"Does the death of Osama bin Laden make you more confident in Barack Obama as commander-in-chief, or not?" If more confident: "Does it make you a lot more confident or only a little more confident?"

 
    A lot more
confident
A little more
confident
Not more
confident
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/2/11

32 21 43 4  
             

"How much credit do you give each of the following for the actions that led to the U.S. finding and killing Osama bin Laden: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all? How about . . . ?"

 
    A great deal A moderate
amount
Not much None at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

"The U.S. military"

 

5/2/11

89 9 1 1 1
             
 

"The CIA"

 

5/2/11

62 26 4 2 6
             
 

"Barack Obama"

 

5/2/11

35 36 16 12 1
             
 

"George W. Bush"

 

5/2/11

22 30 22 25 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 17-19, 2010. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How likely is it that there will be acts of terrorism in the United States in the days around Christmas: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

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

12/17-19/10

13 41 30 15 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 19-21, 2010. N=757 adults nationwide who have taken two or more round-trip commercial airline trips in the past 12 months. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"In order to avoid the hassles associated with air travel these days, are you more likely now than in the past to use alternative means of transportation, such as a car, bus or train instead of flying, or are you just as likely to fly now as in the past?"

 
    More likely
to use
alternative
Just as likely
to fly now
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/19-21/10

19 79 2    
 

1/5-6/10

27 72 -    
             

"As you may know, one method of airport security being used more widely at U.S. airports is a full-body scan of passengers as they go through the security checkpoint. The full-body scan shows a graphic image of a person's body underneath his or her clothes. The image is viewed by federal screeners in a separate, private room. Passengers receive a small dose of radiation from each scan -- an amount that federal officials say is harmless. Have you, personally, undergone a full-body scan at an airport this year, or not?"

 
    Have Have not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/19-21/10

24 75 1    
             

"Were you / Would you be bothered by going through a full-body scan, or not bothered?" If bothered: "Were you / Would you be angry or not angry?"

 
    Angry Bothered,
not angry
Not
bothered
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/19-21/10

18 24 57 1  
             

"As you may know, passengers may choose to undergo a full-body pat down rather than undergoing a full-body scan. The pat down goes beyond what airport security officials have done in the past and could involve touching any part of a passenger's body. Have you, personally, undergone a full-body pat down at an airport this year, or not?"

 
    Have Have not      
    % %      
 

11/19-21/10

15 85      
             

"Were you /Would you be bothered by going through a full-body pat down, or not bothered?" If bothered: "Were you / Would you be angry or not angry?"

 
    Angry Bothered,
not angry
Not
bothered
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/19-21/10

29 28 42 1  
             

"Which search method are you more likely to choose when going through a security checkpoint: a full-body scan or a full-body pat down?" Options rotated

 
    Full-body
scan
Full-body
pat down
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/19-21/10

75 22 3    
             

"Do you think full-body scans of passengers are more effective or not more effective than previous search methods at preventing terrorists from smuggling dangerous objects or explosives on board airplanes?"

 
    More
effective
Not more
effective
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/19-21/10

67 28 5    
             

"Do you think full-body pat downs of passengers are more effective or not more effective than previous search methods at preventing terrorists from smuggling dangerous objects or explosives on board airplanes?"

 
    More
effective
Not more
effective
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/19-21/10

48 47 5    
             

"Next, we'd like you to think about any loss of personal privacy air travelers may experience from going through a full-body scan or a full-body pat down. Do you think that loss of personal privacy is worth it or not worth it as a method to prevent acts of terrorism?"

 
    Worth it Not worth it Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/19-21/10

71 27 2    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 21, 2010. N=514 adults nationwide. Margin of error 5.

             

"Are you personally worried about traveling by commercial airplane because of the risk of terrorism, or do you think the risk is not that great?"

 
    Worried Not worried Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21/10

30 66 4    
 

9/06

39 60 1    
 

9/03

36 63 1    
 

9/02

32 67 1    
 

2/02

33 64 3    
 

10/3-7/01

42 56 2    
 

9/13/01

59 40 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

 
    Investigate
threats
Not intrude
on privacy
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

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    
             

"The Transportation Security Administration is increasing its use of so-called 'full-body' digital x-ray machines to screen passengers in airport security lines. Supporters say these machines improve the ability to spot hidden weapons and explosives, and reduce the need for physical searches. Opponents say these machines invade privacy by producing x-ray images of a passenger's naked body that security officials can see, and don't provide enough added security to justify this. Which comes closer to your own view? Do you support or oppose using these scanners in airport security lines?" Options rotated

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21/10

64 32 4    
             

"As far as you're aware do you think these new scanning machines may pose a health risk, or do you think that's not a serious concern?"

 
    May pose a
health risk
Not a serious
concern
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21/10

35 52 13    
             

"The TSA says it will hand-search people who don't want to be screened electronically, as well as those whose electronic screening raises a question. A TSA screener of the same sex as the passenger checks for hidden objects by placing his or her palms and fingers on the passenger's body, including sensitive areas such as the groin and breast. This replaces earlier hand-screening in which sensitive areas were touched only with the back of the hand. Do you think these new hand pat-procedures are justified to try to prevent terrorism, or do you think they go too far in invading personal privacy?" Options rotated

 
    Justified Go too far Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21/10

48 50 2    
             

"Do these rules make you more likely to fly on a commercial airplane, less likely to fly, or would they make no difference in your decision to travel by airplane?"

 
    More likely Less likely No difference    
    % % %    
 

11/21/10

10 20 71    
             

"In another approach, would you support or oppose the TSA profiling people, using available information about passengers in order to determine who gets selected for extra security screening at airports?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/21/10

70 25 6    
             

"If profiling is done, for each item I name please tell me if you think it should or should not be included in a passenger's security profile. How about a passenger's [see below]?"

 
    Should be
included
Should not
be included
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

"Personal behavior"

86 12 2    
 

"Travel history"

78 21 2    
 

"Nationality"

55 43 2    
 

"Personal appearance"

50 48 2    
 

"Race"

40 59 2    
 

"Religion"

39 59 1    
 

"Sex"

32 65 3    

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 7-10, 2010. N=1,137 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think it would be justified or not justified for people of certain racial or ethnic groups to be subject to additional security checks at airport checkpoints?"

 
    Justified Not justified Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/7-10/10

37 52 5 6  
 

1/6-10/10

51 38 6 5  
 

8/06

49 46 3 2  
             

"Some airports are now using 'full-body' digital x-ray machines to electronically screen passengers in airport security lines. Do you think these new x-ray machines should or should not be used at airports?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/7-10/10

81 15 4    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 14-16, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In the war against terrorism, do you think most Muslims around the world are sympathetic to the United States or the terrorists?" Options rotated

 
    U.S. Terrorists Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/14-16/10

37 35 12 16  
 

2/28 - 3/1/06

22 42 19 17  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 1-2, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think the United States is safer or less safe today than before 9/11?"

 
    Safer Less safe Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/1-2/10

53 30 14 3  
 

8/21-22/07

48 33 15 4  
 

7/12-13/05

48 34 14 4  
 

8/3-4/04

52 28 15 5  
 

3/3-4/04

58 23 15 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2010. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Compared to before September 11, 2001, do you think the country today is safer from terrorism or less safe from terrorism?"

 
    Safer Less safe No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/30 - 9/2/10

48 42 8 2  
 

9/5-7/08

62 29 7 2  
 

9/4-7/07

60 29 11 1  
 

10/5-8/06

50 42 7 1  
 

9/5-7/06

55 37 6 2  
 

6/22-25/06

59 33 7 1  
 

3/2-5/06

56 35 8 1  
 

1/23-26/06

64 30 6 -  
 

8/18-21/05

49 38 11 2  
 

1/15-18/04

67 24 8 1  
 

9/4-7/03

67 27 4 2  

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 25-26, 2010. N=1,029 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"We'd like your opinion of the way Barack Obama is handling certain aspects of his job. What about the war on terrorism? Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling this issue or problem?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/25-26/10

48 42 10    
 

6/23-24/10

44 48 8    
             

"As president, do you think Barack Obama has been tough enough in dealing with terrorists, or not tough enough?"

 
    Tough
enough
Not tough
enough
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/25-26/10

43 50 7    
             

"Do you think most, many, only some, or very few Muslims living in the United States today . . . ?"

 
    Most Many Only some Very few Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Support the goals of Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalists"

 

8/25-26/10

11 9 25 42 13
 
 

"Oppose the goals of Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalists"

 

8/25-26/10

35 13 20 15 17
 
 

"Support the use of violence by Muslims against non-Muslims"

 

8/25-26/10

11 6 21 48 14
 
 

"Are peaceable and do not condone violence"

 

8/25-26/10

48 14 16 13 9

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 23-24, 2010. N=964 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.8.

             

"We'd like your opinion of the way Barack Obama is handling certain aspects of his job. What about the war on terrorism? Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling this issue or problem?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/23-24/10

44 48 8    
             

"Do you think the United States is winning or losing the war on terrorism?"

 
    Winning Losing Neither (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/23-24/10

29 43 19 9  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 21-23, 2010. N=499 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"How likely is it that there will be further acts of terrorism in your community over the next several weeks: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

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

5/21-23/10

4 13 33 48 1
 

8/28-31/09

4 6 32 57 1
 

9/5-7/08

3 11 31 54 -
 

8/6-8/07

5 11 38 44 2
 

8/18-20/06

4 7 32 56 1

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 18-19, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of how the Obama administration handled the attempted bombing of Times Square?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

52 18 30    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job Janet Napolitano is doing as director of Homeland Security?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

40 31 29    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job Eric Holder is doing as attorney general?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

36 27 37    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job Homeland Security officials are doing to protect the country from terrorism?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

54 36 9    
             

"Do you think the federal government is doing everything it can to prevent terrorist activity in the U.S.?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

46 49 5    
 

3/11-12/03

67 27 6    
 

6/18-19/02

55 37 8    
             

"Who do you think is currently winning the war on terrorism: the United States and its allies or the terrorists?"

 
    U.S. and
allies
Terrorists Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

49 31 13 8  
             

"In preventing terrorist attacks, overall do you think the United States has been effective or lucky?"

 
    Effective Lucky Some of
both (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

33 49 15 3  
             

"Do you think areas of the country that are considered to be at higher risk of being targeted by terrorist attacks should receive more government funding or should the homeland security funding be provided evenly across the country?"

 
    More for
higher risk
areas
Provided
evenly across
the country
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

63 32 5    
             

"Some people support increasing the use of surveillance cameras in public spaces because they think it would help stop or catch terrorists and other criminals. Other people oppose increasing the use of surveillance cameras because they think it would violate the privacy of law-abiding citizens. Which of these positions is closer to your own? Do you support or oppose increasing the use of surveillance cameras?"

 
    Support Oppose Combination/
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

69 23 6 2  
 

7/17-18/07

58 28 11 3  
             

"Which city in the United States do you think is most at risk of a terrorist attack?" Open-ended

 
    %        
 

New York City

66        
 

Washington, DC

15        
 

All cities

5        
 

Los Angeles

4        
 

Chicago

1        
 

Other

2        
 

Unsure

5        
             

"Do you think U.S. citizenship should -- or should not -- automatically be stripped from people who support or affiliate with terrorist groups?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

70 22 8    
             

"Which do you think poses a greater risk to the United States: radical Muslims like the man who tried to bomb Times Square or homegrown radicals like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh?"

 
    Radical
Muslims
Homegrown
radicals
Both the
same (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

46 24 26 5  
             

"Do you think terrorism suspects should be read their Miranda rights just like all other suspects, or should they be treated differently?"

 
    Read their
rights
Treated
differently
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

51 43 6    
             

"If the United States removed its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, do you think the number of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil would increase or decrease?"

 
    Increase Decrease Stay the
same (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

48 24 17 11  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 4-5, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you think would do a better job on each of the following issues? Terrorism."

 
    Democrats Republicans Equal (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/4-5/10

29 49 11 11  
 

7/11-12/06

30 42 15 13  
 

2/7-8/06

31 45 10 14  
 

2/18-19/04

29 52 8 11  
 

5/20-21/03

19 53 14 14  
             

"Do you think the Obama administration is as serious about fighting terrorism as the Bush administration was, or not?"

 
    Is Is not More serious
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/4-5/10

51 43 2 4  
 

1/12-13/10

54 37 5 4  
             

"The man who police say admitted to trying to bomb Times Square is a Pakistani who recently became a U.S. citizen. Do you think he should be treated like an American criminal defendant or as an enemy combatant?"

 
    American
criminal
defendant
Enemy
combatant
Too soon
to say (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/4-5/10

45 47 4 5  
             

"Do you think the attempted Times Square bombing was a success for U.S. Homeland Security because the bomb didn't go off and the bomber was caught, or a failure because the suspect was able to leave a car with a bomb in it in Times Square?"

 
    Success Failure Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/4-5/10

42 47 11    

 

CBS News Poll. March 29-April 1, 2010. N=858 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which do you think is the more serious threat to Americans: international terrorism committed by citizens from other countries, or domestic terrorism committed by American citizens?"

 
    International
terrorism
Domestic
terrorism
Both equally
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/29 - 4/1/10

46 38 11 5  
 

5/13-14/02

56 30 10 4  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 19-21, 2010. N=501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"As you may know, since 2001, the United States has held people from other countries who are suspected of being terrorists at a detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the U.S. should continue to operate this facility or do you think the U.S. should close this facility and transfer the prisoners to other facilities?"

 
    Continue to
Operate
Close Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/19-21/10

60 39 2    
 

1/12-15/09

47 51 2    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you know, a man has been charged with attempting to use an explosive device on Christmas Day to blow up a plane that was flying to Detroit. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama has responded to that incident?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/12-15/10

45 47 8    
 

1/8-10/10

57 39 4    
             

"If you had to choose, would you rather see the man who has been charged in that incident brought to trial in a criminal court run by the civilian judicial system, or would you rather see him tried by a military court run by the U.S. armed forces?"

 
    Criminal
Court
Military
Court
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/12-15/10

40 59 1    
 

1/8-10/10

42 57 1    
             

"As you know, after the man in that incident was turned over to the FBI, agents read him the statement of his rights, including the right to remain silent, that is read to all people who are arrested by the police or the FBI in this country. Do you think the FBI should or should not have done that?" N=522 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
    Should Should Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/12-15/10

65 33 2    
             

"As you know, the police and FBI agents always inform suspects of their constitutional right to remain silent and to have a lawyer present during any questioning. Do you think law enforcement officials should or should not follow this practice for people who are suspected of attempting to commit an act of terrorism?" N=501 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Should Should Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/12-15/10

56 43 2    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Feb. 2-8, 2010. N=2,617 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 1.9.

             

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

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/2-8/10

49 44 8    
 

1/5-11/10

48 44 8    
             

"Which do you think is more important: to try 9/11 terror suspects in an open trial in civilian court so the world can see how the American system works, or to try 9/11 terror suspects in military courts to better assure security of trials?"

 
    Civilian
Court
Military
Courts
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/2-8/10

35 59 6    
             

"Which do you prefer: to make sure that the 9/11 suspects receive the constitutional protections afforded in a civilian trial, or to make sure that the 9/11 suspects are not eligible for all of those constitutional protections by having a military trial?"

 
    Civilian
Trial
Military
Trial
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/2-8/10

25 68 8    
             

"Now I would turn to the case involving the man who tried to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day. Do you think the accused Christmas Day attacker should be tried as an enemy combatant or as an ordinary criminal?"

 
    Enemy
Combatant
Ordinary
Criminal
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/2-8/10

76 19 5    
             

"As you may know, the accused Christmas Day attacker was advised of his right to remain silent by the FBI. Do you approve or disapprove of the accused Christmas Day attacker being advised of his right to remain silent?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/2-8/10

52 42 6    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 22-24, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How important is it to you that the President and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? Terrorism."

 
    Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
 
    % % % %  
 

1/22-24/10

55 33 9 2  
 

5/16-18/09

46 35 16 3  
 

2/18-19/09

51 31 14 4  
             

"Do you think the actions Barack Obama has taken as president have increased the chances of a terrorist attack against the U.S., or don't you think so?"

 
    Increased
the Chances
Don't
Think So
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/22-24/10

35 65 -    
 

4/3-5/09

26 72 1    

 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Jan. 7-11, 2010. N=1,336 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.7.

               

"Do you think that it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism, or some of the government's proposals will go too far in restricting the public's civil liberties?"

 
    Necessary
To Give
Up Some
Liberties
Some
Proposals
Will Go
Too Far
It Depends Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

1/7-11/10

51 36 8 5    
               

"How much do you agree or disagree whether you think that each of the following measures is effective in reducing the risks of terrorism? . . ."

 
    Agree
Strongly
Agree
Somewhat
Neither
Agree nor
Disagree
Disagree
Somewhat
Disagree
Strongly
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 
 

"Better coordination of intelligence collected by different government agencies about potentially dangerous passengers"

 

1/7-11/10

63 19 5 7 5 2
 
 

"Body scans or full body searches at airports"

 

1/7-11/10

48 26 5 10 10 2
 
 

"Further carry-on luggage restrictions"

 

1/7-11/10

30 27 8 19 14 1
 
 

"Further in-flight restrictions such as banning the use of electronic equipment, requiring passengers to stay seated or to keep any item off their laps"

 

1/7-11/10

28 21 7 19 23 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 8-10, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

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

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/8-10/10

49 46 5    
 

11/20-22/09

45 47 8    
 

5/29-31/09

55 37 8    
             

"Now, thinking for a moment about terrorism, 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 at All
Worried
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/8-10/10

9 33 35 22 1
 

12/11-13/09

12 27 34 28 -
             

"When it comes to protecting Americans from acts of terrorism, in your view, how much progress has the U.S. government made since the September 11th, 2001, terror attacks: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?"

 
    A Great Deal A Fair
Amount
Not Much None at All  
    % % % %  
 

1/8-10/10

21 53 22 4  
             

"How closely have you followed the news about new government actions to protect Americans from terrorism announced by President Obama on Thursday: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All  
    % % % %  
 

1/8-10/10

24 40 23 12  
             

"How closely have you followed the news about new government actions to protect Americans from terrorism announced by President Obama on Thursday: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?" If have followed very, somewhat, or not too closely: "Based on what you have heard or read about these new actions to prevent terrorism, do you think these go too far, are about right, or do not go far enough?" Combined responses

 
    Go Too Far Are About
Right
Do Not Go
Far Enough
Unsure/
Haven't
Followed
 
    % % % %  
 

1/8-10/10

4 38 42 15  
             

"Some people have suggested that airline passengers who fit the profile of terrorists based on their age, ethnicity or gender should be subjected to special, more intensive security checks before boarding U.S. flights. Do you favor or oppose this practice?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/8-10/10

71 27 2    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 8-10, 2010. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How much confidence do you have in the Obama administration to protect U.S. citizens from future acts of terrorism: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much or none at all?" N=509 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
    A Great Deal A Moderate
Amount
Not Much None at All  
    % % % %  
 

1/8-10/10

24 41 19 16  
 

8/28-31/09

27 36 19 17  
             

"As a result of this incident, do you think that any top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling the issue of terrorism should be fired, or don't you think so?" N=512 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Should be
Fired
Don't
Think So
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/8-10/10

46 51 2    
             

"As you may know, new machines called full-body scanners could be used at airports to scan passengers for weapons or explosives that cannot be detected by the machines currently in use. The new machines display an image of what the person being scanned looks like naked but that image is shown only to security personnel in a closed room at some distance from the machine itself. Do you think full-body scanners like that should or should not be used in U.S. airports?"

 
    Should Should Not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/8-10/10

79 20 2    
             

"Based on what you have read or heard about full-body scanners, do you think they pose a health risk to the people who go through them, or don't you think so?"

 
    Pose a
Health Risk
Don't
Think So
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/8-10/10

18 76 6    
             

"Suppose you were at an airport planning to board a flight and security personnel were using a full-body scanner like that to scan all passengers. Do you think you would feel unconcerned about that or would that make you feel uneasy?"

 
    Unconcerned Uneasy Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/8-10/10

72 27 1    
             

Asked of male respondents: "If you had a choice between going through a full body scanner that would take a small amount of time or spending much more time being frisked or patted down by a male security guard who would put his hands directly on your body, which option would you choose: the full body scanner or a manual search of your body by a security guard?"

Asked of female respondents: "If you had a choice between going through a full body scanner that would take a small amount of time or spending much more time being frisked or patted down by a female security guard who would put her hands directly on your body, which option would you choose: the full body scanner or a manual search of your body by a security guard?"

 
    Full Body
Scanner
Manual
Search
Neither
(vol.)
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

82 15 3    
 

Men

78 17 4    
 

Women

86 12 2    

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 6-10, 2010. N=1,216 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Using a grading scale of A, B, C, D, and F -- where A is excellent and F is very poor -- and using any of the grades in between, how would you grade the U.S. in its ability to protect the country from a terrorist attack?"

 
    A B C D F
    % % % % %
 

1/6-10/10

7 28 42 14 6
 

12/17-22/09

11 34 29 14 9
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of how the Obama Administration has responded to the attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253 on Christmas Day?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/6-10/10

57 29 14    
             

"Do you think U.S. intelligence agencies are doing all they could reasonably be expected to do to monitor the actions of suspected terrorists, or could they be doing more?"

 
    Doing all
they can
Could be
doing more
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/6-10/10

19 76 1 4  
             

"If the federal government requires more comprehensive screening procedures in place at airports, how effective do you think these measures would be in stopping future terrorist attacks on airplanes: very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all?"

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

1/6-10/10

24 55 12 4 5
             

"Some airports are considering whether to use new 'full-body' digital x-ray machines to electronically screen passengers in airport security lines. Supporters of the machines say they provide a detailed check for hidden weapons and explosives, and reduce the need for physical searches, so the machines SHOULD be used at airports. Opponents of these machines say they produce x-ray images of a passengers naked body that security officials can see, which are an invasion of privacy, and so the machines SHOULD NOT be used at airports. Which comes closer to your own view? Do you think these new x-ray machines should or should not be used at airports?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/6-10/10

74 20 6    

Terrorism continued


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