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Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 11-12, 2007. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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". . . Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling terrorism and homeland security?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure  
% % %  

7/11-12/07

43 50 7  

6/18-19/07

43 50 7  

3/28-29/07

45 49 6  

3/14-15/07

41 53 6  

2/28 - 3/1/07

43 50 7  

1/17-18/07

41 53 6  

8/24-25/06

49 45 6  

8/10-11/06

55 40 5  

5/11-12/06

44 50 6  
3/16-17/06 44 50 6  
11/10-11/05 45 49 6  
9/29-30/05 51 44 5  
9/8-9/05 46 48 6  
8/2-4/05 51 41 8  
3/17-18/05 57 35 8  
4/8-9/04 59 35 6  
3/25-26/04 57 38 5  
2/19-20/04 65 28 7  

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"Do you think most U.S. Muslims are more loyal to the United States than they are to Islam, are less loyal to the United States than they are to Islam, or about equally loyal to both?"

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More Loyal
To to U.S.
Less Loyal
To the U.S.
Equally
Loyal
Unsure
% % % %

7/11-12/07

9 32 40 19

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"Do you think U.S. Muslims are more peaceable, less peaceable, or about as peaceable as Muslims who live outside the United States?"

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More
Peaceable
Less
Peaceable
About as
Peaceable
Unsure
% % % %

7/11-12/07

52 7 24 17

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"How worried are you, if at all, about radicals within the U.S. Muslim community? Are you . . . ?"

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Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not at All
Worried
Unsure
% % % % %

7/11-12/07

16 38 25 18 3

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"Do you think U.S. Muslims are unfairly singled out for scrutiny by law enforcement officials, or not?"

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Are Are Not Unsure  
% % %  

7/11-12/07

38 52 10  

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"Do you think the FBI should or should not wiretap mosques to try to keep an eye out for radical preaching by Muslim clerics?"

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Should Should Not Unsure  
% % %  

7/11-12/07

52 39 9  

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"If there were another 9/11-style terrorist attack, would you favor or oppose mass detentions of U.S. Muslims?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure  
% % %  

7/11-12/07

25 60 15  

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"Do you think most U.S. Muslims condone violence, or do not condone violence?"

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Condone Do Not
Condone
Unsure  
% % %  

7/11-12/07

19 63 18  

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"Do you think that Muslim culture glorifies suicide, or does not glorify suicide?"

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Does Does Not Unsure  
% % %  

7/11-12/07

41 40 19  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 22-24, 2007. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, for the past six 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, or do you think the U.S. should close the prison and transfer the prisoners somewhere else?"

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Continue to
Operate

Close, Transfer
Prisoners

Unsure

% % %

6/22-24/07

46 45 9

 

Gallup Poll. June 11-14, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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

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U.S. & Allies Neither Side Terrorists Unsure
% % % %

6/11-14/07

29 50 20 2

8/18-20/06

35 44 18 3
6/9-11/06 38 41 16 4

1/20-22/06

41 42 14 3

8/28-30/05

34 42 23 1

7/7-10/05

34 44 21 1

6/24-26/05

36 41 20 3

1/7-9/05

37 42 20 1

10/9-10/04

38 41 19 2

7/19-21/04

40 41 16 3

1/12-15/04

51 35 14 -
10/03 42 42 13 3
7/03 48 34 15 3
5/03 54 32 11 3
4/03 65 28 5 2
3/03 37 43 17 3
1-2/03 35 44 16 5
12/02 33 46 19 2
10/02 32 44 21 3
8/02 37 46 14 3
7/02 39 43 16 2
6/02 33 49 14 4
5/02 41 35 15 9
4/02 47 39 10 4
3/22-24/02 51 35 12 2
3/4-7/02 53 34 10 3
1/02 66 25 7 2
12/01 64 28 5 3
11/01 53 33 11 3
10/01 42 44 11 3

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"Do you consider [see below] to be part of the war on terrorism which began on September 11, 2001, or do you consider it to be an entirely separate military action?"

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Part Of Entirely
Separate
Unsure
% % %

The war in Iraq

   6/11-14/07

43 53 3

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The war in Afghanistan

   6/11-14/07

65 32 3

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling terrorism?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %  

5/4-6/07

47 50 3  

3/23-25/07

45 50 5  

2/1-4/07

46 52 2  

1/12-14/07

46 52 3  

1/5-7/07

44 52 4  

10/6-8/06

46 49 5  

8/18-20/06

55 43 2  

7/21-23/06

47 50 3  
6/9-11/06 51 44 5  
4/28-30/06 48 50 2  
4/7-9/06 45 51 4  

2/28 - 3/1/06

47 49 3  

2/6-9/06

54 43 3  

1/20-22/06

52 44 3  

12/9-11/05

52 46 2  

11/11-13/05

48 49 3  

9/8-11/05

52 45 3  

8/28-30/05

53 44 3  

6/24-26/05

55 41 4  

5/20-22/05

55 40 5  

4/1-2/05

57 40 3  

2/25-27/05

60 37 3  

2/7-10/05

55 42 3  

1/7-9/05

58 39 3  

11/7-10/04

60 37 3  

10/14-16/04

57 41 2  

9/24-26/04

62 36 2  

8/9-11/04

57 40 3  

6/21-23/04

54 44 2  

6/3-6/04

56 43 1  

5/7-9/04

54 43 3  

5/2-4/04

52 45 3  

4/16-18/04

60 39 1  
3/26-28/04 58 39 3  
12/5-7/03 65 33 2  
9/8-10/03 64 34 2  
8/25-26/03 66 31 3  
1/31 - 2/2/03 71 26 3  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). March 2-5, 2007. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

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"If the federal government has evidence of groups or countries that are preparing to commit terrorist attacks on the United States, should U.S. policy be to attack these groups or countries, or not to attack them until they actually commit a terrorist act?" Half sample (Form B)

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Attack

Wait

Depends
(vol.)

Unsure

% % % %

3/2-5/07

40 39 16 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 22-25, 2007. N=1,082 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Who do you trust to do a better job handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism: Bush or the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated. Half sample.

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    Bush Democrats Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

2/22-25/07

39 52 2 5 2

1/16-19/07

40 52 1 5 2

12/7-11/06

41 50 1 6 2
1/15-18/04 60 31 2 4 3
4/27-30/03 72 21 3 2 3

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 11, 2007. N=1,093 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling terrorism?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

1/11/07

47 50 3    

12/15-17/06

42 55 3    

10/13-15/06

50 47 3    

9/29 - 10/2/06

48 50 1    

6/14-15/06

49 42 9    

5/16-17/06

47 45 7    

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Dec. 12, 2006-Jan. 9, 2007. N=2,007 adults nationwide. MoE 2.5.

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"Now I am going to read you a series of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly DISagree with it or completely disagree with it. Occasional acts of terrorism in the U.S. will be part of life in the future."

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Agree

Disagree

Unsure
% % %

12/12/06 - 1/9/07

70 24 6

8/03

74 22 4

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"Now I am going to read you another series of statements on some different topics. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly DISagree with it or completely disagree with it. Freedom of speech should not extend to groups that are sympathetic to terrorists. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree, or completely disagree?"

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Agree

Disagree

Unsure
% % %

12/12/06 - 1/9/07

45 50 5

8/03

45 50 5

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"Now I am going to read you another series of statements on some different topics. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly DISagree with it or completely disagree with it. The police should be allowed to search the houses of people who might be sympathetic to terrorists without a court order. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree, or completely disagree?"

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Agree

Disagree

Unsure
% % %

12/12/06 - 1/9/07

37 61 2

8/03

33 65 2

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"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?

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Very Well Fairly Well Not Too
Well
Not at
All Well
Unsure
% % % % %

12/12/06 - 1/9/07

17 37 27 17 2

12/6-10/06

17 48 21 11 3

8/9-13/06

22 52 16 8 2

2/06

16 52 20 10 2
1/4-8/06 16 50 20 9 5
7/13-17/05 17 53 19 8 3
7/8-18/04 18 53 17 8 4
7-8/03 19 56 16 7 2
11/02 15 54 19 8 4
6/02 16 61 16 4 3
11/01 35 48 8 5 4
10/15-21/01 38 46 9 4 3

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"In order to curb terrorism in this country, do you think it will be necessary for the average person to give up some civil liberties, or not?"

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Is

Is Not

Unsure
% % %

12/12/06 - 1/9/07

40 54 6

9/6-10/06

43 50 7

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 5-7, 2007. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Next, how important is it to you that the President and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year -- is it extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about terrorism?"

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

1/5-7/07

55 31 12 2 1

1/20-22/06

57 32 9 1 1

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"How would you rate the way things are going for the United States in the war on terrorism? Would you say they are going very well, somewhat well, somewhat poorly, or very poorly?"

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Very Well Somewhat
Well
Somewhat
Poorly
Very Poorly Unsure
% % % % %

1/5-7/07

13 47 22 17 2
9/15-17/06 10 47 19 23 -
8/5-7/05 10 41 26 22 1
8/23-25/04 10 46 22 22 -

12/5-7/03

12 53 22 12 1

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Dec. 8-11, 2006. N=1,489 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the war on terrorism?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
12/8-11/06 46 50 4
9/16-19/06 48 49 3
7/28 - 8/1/06 50 46 4
6/24-27/06 51 43 6

4/8-11/06

43 53 4

2/25 - 3/1/06

44 54 2

1/22-25/06

48 49 3

1/15-17/05

54 43 3

3/27-30/04

56 39 5

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"Who do you think can do a better job of handling national security and the war on terrorism: President Bush or the Democrats in Congress?"

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President
Bush
Democrats
in Congress

Both Equally
(vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %

12/8-11/06

43 38 7 7 5

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"Would you say George W. Bush's policies on terrorism and national security have made the country more secure over the past six years, or less secure, or have the President's policies not made a difference one way or the other?"

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More
Secure
Less
Secure
Not Made a
Difference
Unsure
% % % %

12/8-11/06

50 26 21 3

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International and Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas. Nov. 1-4, 2006. N=2,912 adults nationwide. MoE 2.

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"And thinking about the issue of terrorism: Do you think the United States is winning or losing the war on terrorism?"

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Winning Losing Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
11/1-4/06 46 33 10 11  

9/06

41 40 9 10  

11/04

45 31 10 14  

10/04

48 33 9 10  

9/04

54 28 9 9  

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Nov. 1-3, 2006. N=1,203 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the job President Bush is doing in each of these areas? Handling the war on terrorism."

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Approve

Disapprove

Unsure

   
  % % %    
11/1-3/06 46 49 5    
10/3-4/06 45 51 4    
8/22-24/06 45 51 4    
8/9-10/06 43 52 5    
7/13-17/06 46 48 6    
6/27-29/06 45 51 5    
3/22-23/06 44 52 4    
2/15-16/06 46 50 4    
1/24-26/06 47 48 5    
11/29 - 12/1/05 49 48 3    
9/7-8/05 46 48 6    
5/10-12/05 53 42 5    

3/22-24/05

52 43 4    

3/15-17/05

63 34 3    

1/12-13/2/05

56 40 4    

Among registered voters:

9/21-23/04

57 39 3    

9/7-9/04

61 37 2    

8/31 - 9/2/04

59 38 4    

8/24-26/04

55 40 5    

8/3-5/04

56 41 3    

7/20-22/04

51 46 3    

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"Which party -- the Democrats of Republicans -- would do a better job of dealing with terrorism?" Party names rotated. N=1,030 registered voters (MoE 3).

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  Republicans Democrats Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
  % % % % %
11/1-3/06 45 35 5 7 8

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Oct. 6-8, 2006. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems. Terrorism."

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Republicans Democrats No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
10/6-8/06 40 45 8 6  
9/22-24/06 47 41 9 4  

8/18-20/06

48 38 11 3  

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 5-6, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Please tell me which political party -- the Republicans or the Democrats -- you trust to do a better job handling each of the following. What about the war against terrorism at home and abroad? Which party do you trust to do a better job handling this issue?" Parties rotated

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Republicans Democrats Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

10/5-6/06

37 44 2 7 10

8/10-11/06

44 39 4 6 7

10/24-25/02

47 24 9 8 12

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"Given what each administration knew at the time, do you think the Bush Administration or the Clinton Administration is more to blame for not preventing the September 11th attacks -- OR that the two administrations are equally to blame?"

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Bush Clinton Both
Equally
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

10/5-6/06

28 17 45 6 4
4/8-9/04 18 24 39 11 8

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"We're interested in your opinion about how much attention Condoleezza Rice paid to Al Qaeda as a domestic terrorist threat in her role as national security advisor PRIOR TO the September 11th attacks. Did Rice pay as much attention to Al Qaeda as she should have been expected to, or not?"

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Did Did Not Unsure
% % %

10/5-6/06

22 58 20

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Sept. 22-24, 2006. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How important will each of the following issues be to your vote for Congress this year? Will it be extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? Terrorism." Half sample, MoE 4.5

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Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
 
% % % %  
9/22-24/06 49 33 14 5  

8/2-3/06

48 36 10 6  

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"Thinking about the likelihood of terrorist attacks against the U.S., do you think the chances of terrorist attacks will be higher or lower if the Democrats win control of Congress this November, or do you think the outcome of the congressional elections this year will not affect the chances of a terrorist attack against the U.S.?"

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Higher Lower No Effect Unsure  
% % % %  
9/22-24/06 21 21 55 2  

8/18-20/06

24 17 56 3  

 

Gallup Poll panel survey. Sept. 21-24, 2006. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Sample was randomly drawn from Gallup's nationally representative household panel, which was originally recruited through random selection methods.

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"How much do you blame [see below] for the fact that Osama bin Laden has not been captured or killed: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or not at all?"

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A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Not Much Not at All  
% % % %  
George W. Bush 29 24 23 24  
Bill Clinton 18 24 25 32  

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"Who do you blame more for the fact that Osama bin Laden has not been captured: George W. Bush or Bill Clinton?" Options rotated

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Bush Clinton Unsure    
% % %    
9/21-24/06 53 36 11    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 15-19, 2006. N=1,131 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has a clear plan for protecting the United States from terrorism, or not?"

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Has a Plan

Does Not
Have a Plan

Unsure    
% % %    
9/15-19/06 51 45 4    

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"Do you think it is sometimes justified to use torture to get information from a suspected terrorist, or is torture never justified?"

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Sometimes
Justified

Never
Justified

Depends
(vol.)

Unsure  
% % % %  
ALL adults 35 56 5 4  
  Republicans 50 38 6 6  
  Democrats 25 67 5 3  
  Independents 32 59 4 5  

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"When it comes to dealing with people suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks against the United States, which would you prefer: trying them in open criminal court with a jury, a unanimous verdict, and a civilian judge; OR, trying them in a closed military court with a military judge and without a unanimous verdict?"

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Criminal
Court

Military
Court

Unsure    
% % %    
9/15-19/06 49 46 5    

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"Do you think Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
9/15-19/06 31 57 12    
8/17-21/06 31 60 9    

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"Which comes closer to your view? In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it confronts the countries and groups that promote terrorism in the Middle East. OR, In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it stays out of other countries' affairs in the Middle East."

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Confronts

Stays Out

Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 47 45 8    
  Republicans 69 25 6    
  Democrats 29 63 8    
  Independents 44 44 12    
 

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"What do you think is the ultimate goal of groups like Al Qaeda? Is their goal to take over the Middle East and control that region for themselves, or is their goal to destroy the United States itself?"

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Take Over
Middle East

Destroy
United States

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
9/15-19/06 26 48 15 3 8

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"Do you believe the terrorist threat from Islamic fundamentalism is constantly growing and presents a real, immediate danger to the United States, or not?"

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Immediate
Danger

Not an
Immediate
Danger

Unsure    
% % %    
9/15-19/06 76 18 6    

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"When it comes to the treatment of prisoners of war, should the United States follow the international agreements that it and other countries have agreed to, or should the U.S. do what it thinks is right, even if other countries disagree?"

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Follow
Agreements

Do What It
Thinks Right

Unsure    
% % %    
9/15-19/06 63 32 5    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 15-17, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"What impact do you think this fall's elections will have on terrorism in the U.S.? Do you think the country would be safer from terrorism if the Republicans keep control of Congress, would be safer from terrorism if the Democrats gain control of Congress, or would it not make a difference either way?"

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Safer if
Republicans
Control
Safer if
Democrats
Control
No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/15-17/06

31 21 44 3  

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"As you may know, the Bush Administration has been wiretapping telephone conversations between U.S. citizens living in the United States and suspected terrorists living in other countries without getting a court order allowing it to do so. Do you think the Bush Administration was right or wrong in wiretapping these conversations without obtaining a court order?"

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Right Wrong Unsure    
% % %    

9/15-17/06

55 42 3    

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"As you may know, in the U.S. legal system the government is required to show defendants the evidence it has against them. In some terrorism trials, the government believes that showing defendants certain evidence may put American lives in danger. In your view, which would be worse: convicting defendants of terrorism based on evidence they are never shown, or having some terrorism suspects go free because the government chooses to withhold evidence rather than show it to the defendant?" Options rotated

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Convicting on
Evidence
Never Shown
Having Some
Suspects
Go Free
Unsure    
% % %    

9/15-17/06

48 41 11    

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"When interrogating prisoners, members of the U.S. military are required to abide by the Geneva Convention standards which prohibit the humiliating and degrading treatment of prisoners. When the CIA, or Central Intelligence Agency, questions suspects whom they believe to have information about possible terror plots against the United States, do you think they should have to abide by the same Geneva Convention standards that apply to the U.S. military, or they should be able to use more forceful interrogation techniques than the Geneva Convention standards that apply to the U.S. military?" Options rotated

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Geneva
Standards
More
Forceful
Other/
Depends (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/15-17/06

57 38 2 3  

 

ABC News Poll. Sept. 5-7, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"What would you say is the single most significant event that has happened in your lifetime, in terms of its importance to the United States and the world?" Open-ended

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%

9/11

46

Iraq War

6

Personal events

4

Vietnam War

3

World War II

3

Economy

3

War on terrorism

3

Other

18

Unsure

13

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has been overstating the level of threat the United States faces from terrorism, understating it, or accurately describing it?" Options rotated

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  Overstating Understating Accurate Unsure
% % % %

9/5-7/06

29 28 39 4

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"Do you think the United States is doing all it reasonably can do to try to prevent further terrorist attacks, or do you think it should do more?"

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  Doing All
 It Can
Should
Do More
Unsure
% % %

9/5-7/06

38 60 2

8/18-21/05

43 54 2

4/15-18/04

56 42 1

9/4-7/03

56 42 2
12/02 55 43 2
6/02 56 40 4
5/02 54 42 4
3/02 66 33 1
12/01 59 40 1
11/27/01 62 36 1
11/5-6/01 56 43 2
10/15/01 68 29 3
10/8-9/01 71 27 2

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"How concerned are you about the chance that you personally might be the victim of a terrorist attack? Does that worry you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?"

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  A Great Deal Somewhat Not Too Much Not at All Unsure
% % % % %
9/5-7/06 10 25 35 29 -
9/03 10 24 34 31 -
2/03 10 23 37 28 2
9/02 7 25 35 33 -
11/01 10 25 33 31 -

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"For each item I name, please tell me whether you think the United States has done an excellent job on it, a good job, a not-so-good job or a poor job. . . ." Each item asked of half the sample

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  Excellent/
Good
Not-So-
Good/Poor
Unsure
% % %

"Preventing further terrorist attacks in the United States"

   9/5-7/06

66 33 1

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"Improving U.S. intelligence-gathering and coordination"

   9/5-7/06

59 37 4

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"Reorganizing government agencies to improve anti-terrorism efforts"

   9/5-7/06

54 43 3

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"Breaking up the al Qaeda terrorist network"

   9/5-7/06

47 50 3

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"Winning the cooperation of other countries in fighting terrorism"

   9/5-7/06

38 60 2

.

"In investigating terrorism, do you think the federal agencies like the FBI are or are not intruding on some Americans' privacy rights?"

.

  Are Are Not Unsure
% % %
9/5-7/06 61 35 4

.

"Do you think police and other authorities should or should not be permitted to use personal characteristics like religion, or ethnicity, or nationality in deciding who to search in security lines at airports or other locations?"

.

  Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
9/5-7/06 47 49 3

.

"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
% % %
9/5-7/06 39 60 1
9/13/01 59 40 1

.

"Do you think the United States has to capture or kill Osama bin Laden for the war on terrorism to be a success, or do you think the war on terrorism can be a success without Osama bin Laden being killed or captured?" Options rotated

.

  Must Capture,
Kill bin Laden
Can Succeed
Without
Unsure
% % %
9/5-7/06 45 51 4
11/5-6/01 64 30 6

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Overall, how much do you blame each of the following for the September 11th terrorist attacks: a great deal, a moderate amount, only a little, or not at all? . . ." Items rotated

.

A Great Deal A Moderate
Amount
Only a Little Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

The Bush Administration

  8/30 - 9/2/06

23 22 19 35 1

.

The Clinton Administration

  8/30 - 9/2/06

19 22 21 36 1

.

"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."

.

Will Always
Find a Way
Can Be
Prevented
Unsure    
% % %    

8/30 - 9/2/06

57 41 2    

 

Time/Discovery Channel Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Aug. 22-24, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you believe there will be a time in the next ten years or so when the United States will have won the war on terrorism, or not?"

.

  Will Be Will Not Be Unsure
  % % %

8/22-24/06

23 69 7

.

"On September 11, 2001, terrorists affiliated with Al Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger planes and crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York and one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Do you recall where you were when you first heard the news about the 9/11 terrorist attacks?"

.

  Yes No
  % %

8/22-24/06

98 2

.

"How often would you say that you still think about the September 11th attacks . . . ?"

.

  Every Day A Few Times
a Week
A Few Times
a Month
Hardly Ever Unsure
  % % % % %

8/22-24/06

18 35 33 13 1

.

"How much would you say that the September 11th attacks and the terrorist threats that followed have changed your own life personally . . . ?"

.

  A Great Deal Some Not Much Not at All Unsure
  % % % % %

8/22-24/06

27 39 22 11 1

.

"And how much would you say that the September 11th attacks and the terrorist threats that followed have changed life in the United States . . . ?"

.

  A Great Deal Some Not Much Not at All Unsure
  % % % % %

8/22-24/06

53 38 7 1 1

.

"How likely do you think it is that an act of terrorism will occur somewhere in the United States in the next 12 months . . . ?"

.

  Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Somewhat
Unlikely
Very
Unlikely
Unsure
  % % % % %

8/22-24/06

26 47 18 6 3

.

"Do you think that Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi leader, was personally involved in the September 11th terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, or not?"

.

  Was Was Not Unsure
  % % %

8/22-24/06

38 53 8

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Aug. 17-21, 2006. N=1,206 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"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
% % % % %
8/17-21/06 18 52 24 5 1

8/11-13/06

17 51 25 6 1
3/9-12/06 17 43 28 10 2
1/5-8/06 21 48 23 6 2
10/3-5/05 16 47 30 7 0
9/6-7/05 19 40 30 10 1
8/29-31/05 18 54 21 5 2
9/02 20 56 18 4 2
7/02 21 53 22 3 1
6/02 16 54 24 5 1
1/5-6/02 23 58 16 2 1
12/7-10/01 17 60 18 4 1
11/13-14/01 22 52 20 4 2
10/25-28/01 18 58 20 4 0
10/8/01 30 55 12 1 2
9/20-23/01 35 53 10 1 1

.

"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
% % % % %
8/17-21/06 16 43 30 9 2
8/11-13/06 17 47 27 6 3
1/20-25/06 10 43 33 11 3
8/29-31/05 9 43 35 7 6
9/6-8/04 17 44 28 8 3
8/15-18/04 17 50 20 8 5
7/30 - 8/1/04 19 48 23 5 5
7/11-15/04 24 47 20 7 2
3/4-5/03 27 48 17 4 4
2/24-25/03 23 51 18 6 2
2/10-12/03 35 45 14 4 2
1/03 14 48 28 7 3
11/02 27 50 15 6 2
10/02 27 47 15 7 3
9/22-23/02 21 46 26 5 2
9/2-5/02 23 46 23 5 3
7/02 30 43 22 4 1
6/02 36 45 13 3 3
5/19-20/02 33 41 17 6 3
5/13-14/02 25 47 21 4 3
4/02 28 46 17 5 4
2/02 18 44 29 5 4
10/25-28/01 53 35 8 2 2
10/8/01 46 39 8 3 4

.

"Do you think the federal government has done all it could reasonably be expected to do to improve airport security since September 11, 2001, or could it have done more?"

.

Done All
It Could
Could Have
Done More
Unsure    
% % %    
8/17-21/06 48 50 2    
8/11-13/06 39 58 3    
8/29-31/05 50 46 4    

.

"Who do you think is currently winning the war against terrorism: the United States and its allies, neither side, or the terrorists?" Options rotated

.

U.S. & Allies Neither Side Terrorists Unsure  
% % % %

.

8/17-21/06 36 38 21 5  
8/11-13/06 35 41 20 4  
6/10-11/06 43 42 11 4  
8/29-31/05 38 39 15 8  
7/29 - 8/2/05 40 38 17 5  
1/14-18/05 39 41 17 3  
11/18-21/04 44 38 12 6  
9/6-8/04 41 38 14 7  
7/30 - 8/1/04 37 38 18 7  
12/03 52 33 9 6  
3/7-9/03 45 34 14 7  
3/4-5/03 41 33 16 10  
2/10-12/03 38 39 18 4  
1/03 32 44 17 7  
11/02 31 43 20 6  
10/02 34 47 14 5  

.

"Do you think Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
8/17-21/06 31 60 9    

.

"What is your impression of how the war against terrorism is going for the United States right now: very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?"

.

Very Well Somewhat
Well
Somewhat
Badly
Very Badly Unsure
% % % % %
8/17-21/06 8 52 26 12 2

8/11-13/06

11 51 23 14 1
3/30 - 4/1/04 11 53 23 11 2
10/03 10 53 22 9 6
10/02 11 58 21 6 4
9/02 12 65 17 2 4

.

"Do you think the policies of the Bush Administration have made the United States safer from terrorism, less safe from terrorism, or have the policies of the Bush Administration not affected the U.S.' safety from terrorism?"

.

Safer Less Safe No Effect Unsure  
% % % %  
8/17-21/06 48 25 22 5  
8/11-13/06 51 29 16 4  

.

"During wartime, some presidents have either received or assumed special war powers, which give the president more authority to act independently when he feels it is necessary. In the current campaign against terrorism, is it a good idea or a bad idea for the president to have the authority to make changes in the rights usually guaranteed by the Constitution?"

.

Good Idea

Bad Idea

Unsure    
% % %    
8/17-21/06 36 59 5    
7/21-25/06 43 53 4    
1/5-8/06 36 57 7    
12/7-10/01 64 29 7    

.

"In the five years since the attacks of Sept. 11th, do you think the threat of terrorism against the U.S. has increased, decreased, or has it stayed about the same?"

.

Increased

Decreased

Same

Unsure  
% % % %  
8/17-21/06 41 14 43 2  

.

"In the five years since Sept. 11, do you think the federal government has done all it could reasonably be expected to do to make the country safe from future terrorist attacks, or could the government have done more?"

.

Done All
It Could

Could Have
Done More

Unsure    
% % %    
8/17-21/06 40 58 2    

.

"Do you think Americans will always have to live with the threat of terrorism in the U.S., or do you think the threat of terrorism in the U.S. can someday be eliminated?"

.

Always
Live With

Someday
Eliminated

Unsure    
% % %    
8/17-21/06 81 18 1    
8/29-31/05 79 19 2    
9/6-8/04 71 25 4    

.

"How do you think most Americans feel these days about their own safety from terrorist attacks? Do you think most Americans generally feel safe from terrorist attacks, feel somewhat uneasy, or feel in danger?"

.

Safe

Uneasy

In Danger

Unsure  
% % % %  
8/17-21/06 31 57 10 2  

.

"What about you personally? Do you generally feel safe from terrorist attacks, feel somewhat uneasy, or feel in danger?"

.

Safe

Uneasy

In Danger

   
% % %    
8/17-21/06 54 40 6    

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Aug. 18-20, 2006. N=1,033 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems? Terrorism."

.

Republicans Democrats No Difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/18-20/06

48 38 11 3  

.

"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?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

8/18-20/06

4 7 32 56 1

.

"How much confidence do you have in the Bush Administration to protect U.S. citizens from future acts of terrorism: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all?"

.

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

8/18-20/06

22 37 23 18  

.

"Do you think that, as a country, we are safer from terrorist attacks, about as safe, or less safe from terrorist attacks than we were before September 11, 2001?"

.

Safer About as Safe Less Safe Unsure  
% % % %  

8/18-20/06

43 32 25 1  

.

"If terrorists were to target your town or city, do you think that your local police force is prepared to prevent such an attack, or don't you think so?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

.

Prepared Not Prepared Unsure    
% % %    

8/18-20/06

27 70 3    

.

"If terrorists were to target any town or city in the United States, do you think the federal government is prepared to prevent such an attack, or don't you think so?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

.

Prepared Not Prepared Unsure    
% % %    

8/18-20/06

43 55 2    

.

"Turning now to Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network: Just your best guess, do you think Osama bin Laden himself is currently planning a significant terrorist attack against the United States, or not?" If "Yes": "Do you think Osama bin Laden will or will not succeed in launching this attack?"

.

Is Planning:
Will Succeed
Is Planning:
Won't Succeed
Is Not
Planning
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/18-20/06

30 44 21 5  

.

"How likely is it that the U.S. will be able to capture or kill Osama bin Laden: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

8/18-20/06

13 45 27 13 2

.

"If the U.S. had not gone to war in Iraq, how likely is it that Osama bin Laden would have been captured or killed by now: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?" Half sample, MoE 4.5

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

8/18-20/06

19 28 25 26 2

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 11-13, 2006. N=974 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to make the right decisions when it comes to dealing with terrorism?"

.

Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
8/11-13/06 42 34 6 7 11

7/21-25/06

42 36 4 4 14

.

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

.

Fail to Enact
Strong Laws

Restrict
Liberties

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure
% % % % %
8/11-13/06 39 46 1 2 11
5/16-17/06 36 51 2 1 10
1/20-25/06 40 48 2 2 8
1/5-8/06 38 46 3 1 12
11/20-24/02 40 44 2 3 11

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 9-13, 2006. N=1,506 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling terrorist threats?" Form 1 (N=731, MoE 4)

.

Approve

Disapprove

Unsure
% % %

8/9-13/06

50 39 11

6/06

47 41 12

3/06

42 49 9

2/06

53 40 7

12/05

49 44 7

10/05

52 40 8

9/05

49 41 10
7/13-17/05 49 40 11
5/11-15/05 57 35 8
2/16-21/05 59 34 7
1/5-9/05 62 33 5
10/15-19/04 49 40 11
8/5-10/04 58 37 5
7/8-18/04 54 40 6
6/3-13/04 56 35 9
4/21-25/04 55 36 9
4/1-4/04 53 38 9
9/03 64 28 8
2/03 67 25 8
1/03 69 23 8
10/02 71 22 7
6/02 74 18 8

.

"On a different subject, I have a few questions about the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Compared to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, would you say that the September 11th terrorist attacks were more serious, not as serious, or about equal?"

.

More
Serious

Not as
Serious

Equal

Unsure

% % % %

8/9-13/06

35 14 47 4
8/02 37 14 43 6

.

"As a result of the attacks, has your own personal life changed in a major way, changed only a little bit, or is your life basically the same as it was before the attacks?" N=731, MoE 4 (Form 1)

.

Changed in
a Major Way

Changed a
Little Bit

Same

Unsure

% % % %

8/9-13/06

22 36 41 1
8/02 16 33 49 2

.

"As a result of the attacks, has life in America changed in a major way, changed only a little bit, or is life in America basically the same as it was before the attacks?" N=775, MoE 4 (Form 2)

.

Changed in
a Major Way

Changed a
Little Bit

Same

Unsure

% % % %

8/9-13/06

51 35 13 1
8/02 50 35 14 1

.

"Do you think that the September 11th terrorist attacks were the start of a major conflict between the people of America and Europe versus the people of Islam, or is it only a conflict with a small, radical group?"

.

People of
Islam

Small,
Radical Group

Unsure

% % %

8/9-13/06

40 49 11

.

"Do you happen to remember EXACTLY where you were or what you were doing the MOMENT you heard the news about the September 11th terrorist attacks?"

.

Yes

No

% %

8/9-13/06

95 5

.

"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=731, MoE 4 (Form 1)

.

Greater

The Same

Less

Unsure

% % % %

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
8/02 22 39 34 5

.

"So far, there has not been another terrorist attack in America since 2001. Is this mostly because the government is doing a good job protecting the country, or America is a difficult target for terrorists, or America has been lucky so far?" Options rotated. N=731, MoE 4 (Form 1).

.

Doing a
Good Job

Difficult
Target

Lucky

Unsure

% % % %

8/9-13/06

39 13 40 8

10/05

33 17 45 5

.

"What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies -- that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country, OR, that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties?" Options rotated. N=775, MoE 4 (Form 2).

.

Not Far
Enough

Too Far

Neither (vol.)

Unsure
% % % %

8/9-13/06

55 26 11 8
1/4-8/06 46 33 12 9
10/12-24/05 48 34 10 8
7/13-17/05 52 31 10 7
7/04 49 29 11 11

.

"Since the terrorist attacks, have you yourself become more suspicious of people who you think are of Middle-Eastern descent, or not?"

.

Have

Have Not

Unsure

% % %

8/9-13/06

35 63 2

9/21-25/01

28 70 2

.

"How would you rate the job your LOCAL government is doing preparing for the possibility of a terrorist attack? Would you say excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

.

Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %

8/9-13/06

8 34 33 15 10

.

"All in all, which do you think would have a greater effect in reducing the threat of terrorist attacks on the United States: increasing America's military presence overseas, or decreasing America's military presence overseas?" Options rotated

.

Increasing

Decreasing

Neither (vol.)

Unsure
% % % %

8/9-13/06

32 45 10 13

8/02

48 29 8 15

.

"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?"

.

Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not at All
Worried
Unsure
% % % % %

8/9-13/06

23 44 21 10 2
7/7-10/05 25 44 19 11 1
8/5-10/04 20 44 25 10 1
7/8-18/04 17 41 26 15 1
6/3-13/04 25 42 20 12 1
3/17-21/04 20 42 25 12 1
2/11-16/04 13 42 28 16 1
1/6-11/04 20 45 24 10 1
7-8/03 13 45 29 12 1
3/03 22 42 20 14 2
2/03 34 41 17 7 1
1/03 18 50 23 8 1
12/02 31 42 18 8 1

Earlier polling on terrorism


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