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Terrorism in the United States

Trend: How Worried Are You That You or Someone in Your Family Will Become a Victim of Terrorism?

Trend: How Worried Are You That You or Someone in Your Family Will Become a Victim of Terrorism?

Trend: Next, I’m going to read a list of problems facing the country. For each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all? First, how much do you personally worry about the possibility of future terrorist attacks in the U.S.?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the nation's security from terrorism?

Trend: 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?

Trend: How much confidence do you have in the U.S. government to protect its citizens from future acts of terrorism?

How effective do you think each of the following will be in the U.S. campaign against terrorism?

Trend: Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: the government should take all steps necessary to prevent additional acts of terrorism in the U.S. even if it means your basic civil liberties would be violated, (or) the government should take steps to prevent additional acts of terrorism but not if those steps would violate your basic civil liberties?

From what you know or have read about them, do you think the government's programs designed to prevent additional acts of terrorism violate your civil liberties, or not?

As a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks, do you think Americans have permanently changed the way they live, or not?

Yes, changed

No, have not

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Aug 11-14 ^

58

41

1

2007 Sep 7-8 ^

50

49

2

2006 Aug 18-20 ^

53

46

1

2004 Sep 3-5 ^

52

46

2

2002 Sep 2-4 ^

54

45

1

2002 Mar 8-9 ^

55

44

1

2001 Sep 11 †

49

45

6

^ Asked of a half sample

† WORDING: As a result of today's attacks, do you think Americans will permanently change the way they live, or not?

As a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks, have you permanently changed the way you live, or not?

Yes, changed

No, have not

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Aug 11-14 ^

28

72

*

2007 Sep 7-8 ^

29

71

*

2006 Aug 18-20 ^

22

78

--

2004 Sep 3-5 ^

23

77

*

2002 Sep 2-4 ^

18

82

*

2002 Mar 8-9 ^

25

75

0

^ Asked of a half sample

* Less than 0.5%

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: 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]?

Always find a way to launch

Gov't can prevent

No
opinion

%

%

%

2011 Aug 11-14

59

37

4

2005 Dec 16-18 ^

60

37

3

As a result of the events that occurred on September 11th, would you say that now you are less willing to -- [RANDOM ORDER], or not?

A. Fly on airplanes

Less
willing

No, not

More
willing
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

24

72

1

3

2006 Aug 18-20

30

67

1

2

2002 Sep 2-4

33

65

1

1

2002 May 28-29

27

69

1

3

2002 Mar 8-9

33

64

1

2

2001 Sep 14-15 ^

43

56

*

1

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

B. Go into skyscrapers

Less
willing

No, not

More
willing
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

20

75

2

3

2006 Aug 18-20

22

72

2

4

2002 Sep 2-4

30

67

1

2

2002 May 28-29

27

68

1

4

2002 Mar 8-9

27

70

1

2

2001 Sep 14-15 ^

35

63

*

2

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

C. Attend events where there are thousands of people

Less
willing

No, not

More
willing
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

27

68

2

2

2006 Aug 18-20

23

72

2

3

2002 Sep 2-4

29

70

*

1

2002 Mar 8-9

32

66

1

1

2001 Sep 14-15 ^

30

69

*

1

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

D. Travel overseas

Less
willing

No, not

More
willing
(vol.)

No
opinion

2011 Jul 15-17

38

57

2

4

2006 Aug 18-20

47

50

1

3

2002 Sep 2-4

47

50

*

3

2002 May 28-29

43

52

1

4

2002 Mar 8-9

45

52

1

2

2001 Sep 14-15 ^

48

48

1

3

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

^ SEP. 14-15, 2001, WORDING: As a result of Tuesday's events, would you say that now you are less willing to [RANDOM ORDER], or not?


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

No
opinion

2010 Jan 8-10

21%

53

22

4

*

* Less than 0.5%

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

Some-
what
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

2010 Jan 8-10

24%

40

23

12

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of those who are following the news about the new terrorism actions 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 RESULTS

Go
too far

Are about
right

Do not go
far enough

No
opinion

2010 Jan 8-10

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

No opinion

2010 Jan 8-10

71%

27

2

Do you consider the September 11th terrorist attacks to be the most memorable news event of your lifetime, or not?

Yes, most
memorable

No, not

No
opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

71%

29

1

Which of the following comes closest to what you are most likely to do on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks next week? Will you -- recognize it in a formal way, such as by attending an organized memorial service or taking the day off from work, recognize it in an informal way, such as by saying a prayer, observing a moment of silence, or watching news coverage of the events, or not do anything different from what you do most days?

Recognize
in a formal
way

Recognize in
an informal
way

Not do
anything
different


No
opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

6%

71

23

*

* Less than 0.5%

Generally speaking, do you think Americans do -- [ROTATED: too much, the right amount, or too little] -- to recognize the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks?

Too
much

Right
amount

Too
little

No
opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

16%

51

29

5

Do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate for -- [ITEMS ROTATED] -- the memorial services that will be held at ground zero in New York City on September 11th?

A. Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, to participate in

Appropriate

Inappropriate

No opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

92%

5

3

B. New York Senator, Hillary Clinton, to attend

Appropriate

Inappropriate

No opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

85%

11

4

(Asked of a half sample) As you may know, in his presidential campaign, Rudy Giuliani often refers to his experience as mayor of New York City during the September 11th terrorist attacks. Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: he should refer to his role in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks because it is a legitimate way for him to demonstrate his qualifications to be president, (or) he should not refer to his role in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks in order to avoid gaining politically from a tragedy]?

Should refer
to role

Should not

No
opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

60%

37

3

(Asked of a half sample) Do you think Rudy Giuliani's experiences as mayor during the September 11th terrorist attacks makes him much better qualified to handle the terrorism issue as president than if he had not had this experience, does it make him somewhat better qualified, or does it not make him any better qualified to handle the terrorism issue?

Much better
qualified

Somewhat
better
qualified

Not any
better
qualified

No
opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

19%

32

48

2

How much confidence do you have in the Bush administration to protect its 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

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2006 Aug 18-20 ^

24

43

21

12

--

2006 Jan 20-22

30

34

22

13

1

2005 Jul 7-10

23

38

24

14

1

2005 Jun 16-19

23

38

21

17

1

2005 Feb 4-6

38

35

16

10

1

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1

31

33

21

15

*

2004 Jul 19-21

27

40

18

15

*

2003 May 19-21

35

44

15

5

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think it is likely -- or not likely -- that terrorists will -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- in the U.S. within the next five years?

A. Shoot down an airplane with a shoulder-fired missile

Yes, likely

No, not likely

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

45%

51

4

2003 Nov 14-16

53%

45

2

B. Smuggle explosives onto an airplane

Yes, likely

No, not likely

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

66%

31

2

C. Set off a suicide bomb in a crowded location

Yes, likely

No, not likely

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

82%

17

1

D. Crash a hijacked airplane into a building

Yes, likely

No, not likely

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

37%

60

4

E. Set off a bomb that contains nuclear or biological material

Yes, likely

No, not likely

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

47%

49

4

In the past year, have you and your family discussed plans for how you would respond to a terrorist attack in your local community, or have you not talked about this?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

27%

73

*

* Less than 0.5%

Would you say the new security measures at airports around the country since the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks have been an effective part of the government's overall strategy to prevent terrorism, or not?

Yes, effective

No, not effective

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

77%

21

2

Are there any security measures currently used in airports that you think should be stopped because they are not effective in preventing terrorist attacks? [Which measures do you think should be stopped?] [OPEN-ENDED]

2006 Aug 18-20

%

Yes, should measures should be stopped

20 ^

(Banning of carrying liquids or gels)

(6)

(Random searching of citizens, especially small children or the elderly)

(6)

(X-raying/having to remove shoes)

(4)

(Racial profiling)

(2)

(Banning of nail clippers/small sharp objects)

(1)

(All of them)

(1)

(Other)

(3)

No, no measures should be stopped

70

No opinion

10

^ Percentages add to more than 20% due to multiple responses.

Do you think the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks and reports of other planned attacks have permanently changed the rules for how Americans fly, or do you think at some point in the future the current rules could be relaxed or eliminated?

Have
permanently
changed
the rules

Some rules
could be relaxed/
eliminated

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

71%

26

3

Next, please tell me if you would favor or oppose each of the following as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the United States. How about -- [random order]?

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]

A. Requiring Arabs, including those who are U.S. citizens, to undergo special, more intensive security checks before boarding airplanes in the U.S.

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

53%

45

2

2005 Jul 22-24

53%

46

1

2001 Sep 14-15

58%

41

1

B. Banning airline passengers from carrying on board any luggage including purses, computers, and briefcases

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

41%

57

3

2001 Sep 14-15

51%

47

2

Next, please tell me how effective each of the following security procedures would be as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the United States -- very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all? [RANDOM ORDER]

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]

A. Requiring Arabs, including those who are U.S. citizens, to undergo special, more intensive security checks before boarding airplanes in the U.S.

Very
effective

Some-
what
effective

Not too
effective

Not
effective
at all

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

37%

33

16

11

3

B. Banning airline passengers from carrying on board any luggage including purses, computers, and briefcases

Very
effective

Some-
what
effective

Not too
effective

Not
effective
at all

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

32

35

16

14

2

C. Running all checked luggage through metal detectors and other screening devices

Very
effective

Some-
what
effective

Not too
effective

Not
effective
at all

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

66

28

5

2

*

* Less than 0.5%

D. Conducting much stricter background checks for airport workers

Very
effective

Some-
what
effective

Not too
effective

Not
effective
at all

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

67

25

5

1

1

As you may know, new security requirements were put in place at U.S. airports after a terrorist plot was recently uncovered in London. Airline passengers are now prohibited from carrying most liquids or gels onto airplanes. Do you think this new requirement is an appropriate response, or does it go too far?

Appropriate
response

Goes too far

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

70%

29

1

Suppose you were taking a flight and had to submit to various security checks before boarding the airplane. Regardless of whether you think it is necessary, would you, personally, find each of the following to be annoying, or not? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Disposing of any liquids or gels or putting them into checked baggage

Yes, annoying

No, not annoying

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

23%

76

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. Removing your shoes and belt

Yes, annoying

No, not annoying

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

25%

74

*

C. Having an airport security agent touch you or your clothing as part of a search for prohibited items

Yes, annoying

No, not annoying

No opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

36%

64

*

* Less than 0.5%

Suppose you had to take a trip that people usually take by plane. In order to avoid the hassles associated with air travel these days, would you seriously consider using an alternative means of transportation, such as car, bus, or train, or would you probably fly?

Yes, would
consider
alternative
means

No, would
probably fly

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

46%

53

1

As you may know, there are two movies coming out in the theaters later this year that deal with the events surrounding the September 11th terrorist attacks. How likely is it that you would go to see either of these movies -- very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?

Very
likely

Somewhat
likely

Not too
likely

Not at all
likely

No
opinion

2006 Apr 7-9

16%

22

19

41

2

Do you think it is a good or bad thing for Hollywood to be making movies about the September 11th terrorist attacks?

Good thing

Bad thing

No opinion

2006 Apr 7-9

44%

44

12

Just your best guess, do you think it is likely -- or unlikely -- that there will be a major terrorist attack in the United States in 2006?

Likely

Unlikely

No opinion

2005 Dec 16-18 ^

45%

51

4

^ Asked of a half sample

Just your best guess, do you think it is likely -- or unlikely -- that Osama bin Laden will be captured or killed in 2006?


Likely


Unlikely

Already dead (vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Dec 16-18 ^

27%

68

2

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

^ Asked of a half sample

Thinking back to the September 11th, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, did you feel at the time that your life had changed in any way or didn't you feel that way?

Life had
changed

Didn't feel
that way

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

76%

24

*

2002 Aug 28-29 ^

68%

31

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ CNN/Time Poll.

In general, do you feel your life is completely back to normal, somewhat back to normal but not completely, or not yet back to normal?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

Changed,
completely
back to
normal

Changed,
somewhat
back to
normal

Changed,
not back
to normal

Life
did not
change

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

14%

38

24

24

*

2002 Aug 28-29 ^

11%

37

20

31

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ CNN/Time poll

Do you think your life will ever completely return to normal at some point in the future, or don't you feel that way?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

Life didn't
change/Life
changed but
back to
normal

Life
changed,
will return
to normal

Life
changed,
will not
return to
normal

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

37%

19

42

2

2002 Aug 28-29 ^

42%

24

32

2

^ CNN/Time poll

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

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

4%

42

54

*

2003 Sep 3-4 ^

5%

40

54

1

2002 Aug 28-29 ^

4%

44

52

--

* Less than 0.5%

^ CNN/Time poll

Do you think the country will ever completely return to normal at some point in the future, or don't you think so?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

Completely
back to
normal

Not back to
normal, will
return to
normal

Will never
get back to
normal

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

4%

29

63

4

2004 Sep 3-4 ^

5%

38

52

5

2002 Aug 28-29 ^

4%

39

54

3

^ CNN/Time poll

Thinking now about the government agencies responsible for preventing terrorist attacks in the United States, do you think the actions of these agencies since September 11, 2001, have made the country -- [ROTATED: a lot safer, a little safer, have they made no difference, have they made it a little less safe, (or) a lot less safe]?

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]

A lot
safer

A little
safer

No
difference

A little
less safe

A lot
less safe

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

17%

55

15

7

5

1

Thinking now about Congress and the role it has played in preventing terrorist attacks in the United States, do you think the actions of Congress since September 11, 2001, have made the country -- [ROTATED: a lot safer, a little safer, have they made no difference, have they made it a little less safe, (or) a lot less safe]?

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]

A lot
safer

A little
safer

No
difference

A little
less safe

A lot
less safe

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

17%

49

21

6

6

1

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?

Very
well

Somewhat
well

Somewhat
poorly

Very
poorly

No
opinion

2005 Aug 5-7

10%

41

26

22

1

2004 Aug 23-25

10%

46

22

22

*

2003 Dec 5-7

12%

53

22

12

1

* Less than 0.5%

Suppose there was a terrorist attack in your community. Do you think your local police, fire, and emergency services are -- very prepared, somewhat prepared, not too prepared, or not at all prepared -- to respond to such an attack?

Very
prepared

Somewhat
prepared

Not too
prepared

Not at all
prepared

No
opinion

2005 Aug 5-7

12%

50

21

14

3

Next, please tell me if you would favor or oppose each of the following as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the United States. How about -- [random order]?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE

A. Requiring Arabs, including those who are U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

46%

53

1

2001 Sep 14-15

49%

49

2

B. Requiring Arabs, including those who are U.S. citizens, to undergo special, more intensive security checks before boarding airplanes in the U.S.

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

53%

46

1

2001 Sep 14-15

58%

41

1

C. Requiring every person going into an office building or public place to show ID

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

70%

30

*

2001 Sep 14-15

77%

22

1

* Less than 0.5%

D. Requiring every person going into an office building or public place to go through a metal detector

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

81%

18

1

2001 Sep 14-15

86%

13

1

E. Allowing police to stop people on the street at random to search their possessions

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

29%

70

1

2001 Sep 14-15

29%

69

2

F. Making it easier for legal authorities to read mail, e-mail, or tap phones without the person's knowledge

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

25%

73

2

2001 Sep 14-15

33%

65

2

Next, please tell me if you would favor or oppose each of the following as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the United States. How about -- [random order]?

ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE


2005 Jul 22-24
(sorted by "favor")

Favor

Oppose

No
opinion

%

%

%

Requiring mass transit systems like subways, buses, and trains to institute security systems similar to what is found in airports

78

20

2

Requiring all Americans to carry a national ID card

66

33

1

Allowing police to stop people on the street at random and ask them to show their ID

48

51

1

Allowing the government to search a list of books people have checked out of the library

37

60

3

Allowing the government to imprison U.S. citizens who are suspected of terrorism without putting them on trial for years

21

75

4

Allowing police to enter a person's home at any time without a search warrant

6

93

1

Do you think the federal government is -- [ROTATED: doing too much, doing the right amount, or not doing enough] -- to prevent acts of terrorism on mass transit systems, such as subways, buses, and trains?

Too
much

Right
amount

Not
enough

No
opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

2%

39

53

6

Do you think the federal government is -- [ROTATED: doing too much, doing the right amount, or not doing enough] -- to prevent acts of terrorism on airplanes?

Too
much

Right
amount

Not
enough

No
opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

5%

57

35

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?

Very
likely

Some-
what likely

Not too
likely

Not at all likely

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2005 Jan 7-9 ^

2

8

38

52

*

2004 Jan 9-11

3

8

36

51

2

2003 Aug 25-26

4

10

34

51

1

2002 Jul 5-8

4

13

34

48

1

2002 Mar 8-9

2

10

35

52

1

2001 Nov 2-4

3

20

41

32

4

* Less than 0.5%

Do you think there will -- or will not -- be a major terrorist attack in the United States over the next twelve months?

Yes, will

No, will not

No opinion

2004 Dec 17-19

36%

59

5

Generally speaking, do you think that things in the country are -- [ROTATED: 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 back
to normal

No
opinion

2004 Aug 23-25

4%

47

48

1

2003 Aug 25-26 ^

3%

56

41

*

2002 Mar 8-9

3%

62

34

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think the country will ever completely return to normal at some point in the future, or don't you think so?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

Completely
back to
normal

Not back to
normal,
but will be

Never get
back to
normal

No
opinion

2004 Aug 23-25

4%

28

64

4

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: there have been no additional terrorist attacks since September 11th, 2001, because George W. Bush has been president, (or) there would have been no additional terrorist attacks since September 11th, 2001, regardless of who had been president]?

[BASED ON 524 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A]

No attacks
because Bush
is president

No attacks
regardless
of who was
president

No
opinion

2004 Aug 23-25

30%

61

9

Which comes closer to your view about where terrorists would be likely to target an attack against the United States -- [ROTATED: only in New York City and other big U.S. cities, (or) any place in the U.S.]?

Only New
York City
or big cities

Any place
in the U.S.

No
opinion

2004 Aug 23-25

31

67

2

As you may know, an independent commission charged with investigating the September 11th terrorist attacks released its findings in a report last week. Would you say you approve or disapprove of the 9/11 Commission's report about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, or haven't you heard enough about it to say?

Approve

Disapprove

Haven't
heard
enough
to say

No
opinion

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1

37%

10

52

1

As you may know, a proposal has been made to extend the 9/11 Commission's work for another 18 months while Congress and the president consider the commission's recommendations. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1

56%

35

9

Which comes closer to your point of view about the 9/11 Commission's recommendations -- [ROTATED: they require urgent action and Congress and the president should enact them immediately, (or) they are important, but Congress and the president should take the time they feel they need to adequately review and enact them]?

Require
urgent action

Important, but
take time needed

No
opinion

2004 Jul 30-Aug 1

30%

64

6

How likely is it that there will be a major act of terrorism in the United States before the presidential election or on Election Day itself -- very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?

Very
likely

Some-
what
likely

Not too
likely

Not at all likely

No
opinion

2004 Jul 19-21 ^

14%

44

28

9

5

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think there was enough information available so that the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, could have been prevented, or not?

Yes, was

No, was not

No opinion

2004 Jun 21-23

33%

59

8

2002 May 20-22

25%

63

12

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? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. The Bush administration

A great
deal

Mod-
erate
amount

Only a little

Not
at all

No
opinion

2004 Jun 21-23

17%

25

23

34

1

2002 Jun 7-8

9%

23

26

40

2

2002 May 16 ^

7%

22

26

43

2

2001 Sep 14-15 †

9%

25

20

44

2

B. The Clinton administration

A great deal

Mod-
erate
amount

Only a
little

Not
at all

No
opinion

2004 Jun 21-23

13%

27

24

34

2

2001 Sep 14-15 †

16%

29

18

34

3

^ Based on one night poll. Polls conducted entirely in one day, such as this one, are subject to additional error or bias not found in polls conducted over several days.

† Asked of a half sample

Overall, how much do you blame the Bush administration for not taking the warnings about the al-Qaeda terrorist network seriously enough before the September 11th terrorist attacks -- a great deal, a moderate amount, only a little, or not at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Only a
little

None
at all

No
opinion

2004 Apr 16-18

24%

29

23

23

1

Overall, how much do you blame the Clinton administration for not taking the warnings about the al-Qaeda terrorist network seriously enough while in office -- a great deal, a moderate amount, only a little, or not at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Only a
little

None
at all

No
opinion

2004 Apr 16-18

28%

32

21

17

2

Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the government agencies responsible for preventing terrorist attacks in the United States are in need of -- a complete overhaul, major reforms, minor reforms, or no reforms at all?

Complete
overhaul

Major
reforms

Minor
reforms

No
reforms
at all

No
opinion

2004 Apr 16-18

19%

44

30

5

2

How closely have you been following the news about the federal commission investigating the September 11th terrorist attacks -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Some-
what
closely

Not too
closely

Not at all

No
opinion

2004 Apr 16-18

24%

48

22

6

*

* Less than 0.5%

How closely have you been following the news about the charges made by former counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke that the U.S. government did not pay enough attention to the threat of terrorism before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Some-
what
closely

Not too
closely

Not at all

No
opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

26%

44

21

9

*

* Less than 0.5%

Who are you more likely to believe in this matter -- [ROTATED: Richard Clarke (or) current members of the Bush administration]?

Clarke

Bush
administration

No
opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

44%

46

10

Based on the information available to the Bush administration before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, do you think the Bush administration did -- or did not -- do all that could be expected to prevent the terrorist attacks?

Yes, did

No, did not

No opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

42%

54

4

Based on the information available to the Clinton administration in the 1990s, do you think the Clinton administration did -- or did not -- do all that could be expected to prevent terrorist attacks?

Yes, did

No, did not

No opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

32%

62

6

Do you think the Bush administration should have been able to prevent the terrorist attacks on September 11th, or not?

Yes, should
have

No, should not have

No
opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

27%

67

6

Do you think the Bush administration is -- or is not -- covering up something about its handling of intelligence information concerning possible terrorist attacks before September 11, 2001?

Yes, is

No, is not

No opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

53%

41

6

Which comes closer to your view of George W. Bush's actions concerning terrorism after the terrorist attacks on September 11th -- [ROTATED: Bush did not pay enough attention to the threat against the United States from al Qaeda because he was too concerned about Saddam Hussein, (or) Bush paid the right amount of attention to the threat against the United States from al Qaeda]?

Did not pay
enough attention

Paid the right
amount of
attention

No
opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

46%

49

5

Next I am going to read a list of things some people have done in order to prepare for a terrorist attack. For each one, please say if this is something you currently have or do not have. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. A stockpile of food and water in your home

Have

Do not have

No opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

41%

59

*

2003 Feb 24-26

60%

40

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. A designated person outside your area whom your family members would contact in the event of a terrorist attack

Have

Do not have

No opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

38%

61

1

2003 Feb 24-26

46%

53

1

C. An interior room in your house designated as a "safe room" in the event of an attack

Have

Do not have

No opinion

2004 Mar 26-28

24%

76

*

2003 Feb 24-26

38%

61

1

* Less than 0.5%

Do you think George W. Bush's policies since September 11, 2001, have -- or have not -- addressed the fundamental security risks that existed before September 11th?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2004 Jan 9-11

73%

25

2

In general, do you feel very optimistic, somewhat optimistic, somewhat pessimistic, or very pessimistic about the war on terrorism?

Very
optimistic

Somewhat
optimistic

Somewhat
pessimistic

Very
pessimistic

No
opinion

2004 Jan 2-5

24%

43

20

10

3

2002 Jan 11-14

36%

41

13

7

3

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