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     Sept. 11, 2001   (War on Terrorism, p. 12)


 

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Los Angeles Times Poll. Sept. 13-14, 2001. N=1,561 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking now about recent events -- How serious a problem is terrorism in the United States today: very serious, only somewhat serious or hardly serious at all?"
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Very serious 87
Only somewhat serious 11
Hardly serious at all 1

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"Do you think that the terrorist attack last Tuesday will result in a fundamental change in the way Americans live their daily lives, or do you think that Americans will soon go back to business as usual?"
%
Fundamental change 57
Business as usual 39
Don't know 4

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Bush is handling the terrorist attack and its aftermath?"
%
Approve 86
Disapprove 8
Don't know 6

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"Some top White House officials argued that President Bush should have returned to Washington, D.C., immediately after the attack on Tuesday to reassure the American people, while others urged him to follow the advice of the Secret Service to stay away from Washington and possible danger. What do you think? Should Bush have returned to Washington, D.C., immediately after the attack or was it appropriate for him to follow the advice of the Secret Service to stay away?"
%
Should have returned immediately 12
Appropriate to stay away 85
Don't know 3

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"In your opinion, is the United States now in a state of war, or not?"
%
In a state of war 68
Not in a state of war 25
Don't know 7

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"In the aftermath of the attack on Tuesday, stock markets around the world declined. Do you think the decline in the stock markets will have a long-term negative effect on the world's economy, including that of the United States, or do you think this a temporary setback and the economy will stabilize?"
%
Long-term negative effect 16
Temporary setback 73
Don't know 11

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"How much -- if any -- has the attack on the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon shaken your own personal sense of safety and security? Has it shaken it a great deal, a good amount, not too much or not at all?"
%
A great deal 31
A good amount 32
Not too much 26
Not at all 10
Don't know 1

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"In the future, do you expect attempts at terrorist acts like the ones we just experienced in New York and Washington, D.C., will be very common, somewhat common, not too common, or not at all common in this country?"
%
Very common 8
Somewhat common, 31
Not too common 39
Not at all common 14
Don't know 8

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"When it comes to the American intelligence agencies' ability to protect the United States, how much confidence do you have? Would you say you have a lot of confidence, some confidence, not too much confidence or no confidence at all?"
%
A lot 35
Some 45
Not too much 15
None at all 4
Don't know 1

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"Some people have said that this attack represents the biggest failure by American intelligence operations since Pearl Harbor. Do you think that this attack was something that government intelligence agencies should have been able to discover in advance or not?"
%
Should have been able 51
Should not have been 38
Don't know 11

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"How concerned are you that new measures enacted to fight terrorism in this country could end up restricting some of our civil liberties? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all about that?"
%
Very concerned 20
Somewhat concerned 36
Not too concerned 26
Not concerned at all 17
Don't know 2

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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?"
%
Necessary 61
Not necessary 33
Don't know 6

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"Some people say that in order to fight terrorism, government agencies should be given broader powers to tap telephone lines and monitor cell phones and other wireless communications. Would you approve or disapprove of such a move?"
%
Approve 54
Disapprove 40
Don't know 6

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"Some people say that in order to fight terrorism, government agencies should be given broader powers to monitor Internet communications and be given the legal authority to read all private e-mails. Would you approve or disapprove of such a move?"
%
Approve 50
Disapprove 45
Don't know 5

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"Some people say that in order to fight terrorism, law enforcement should be allowed to randomly stop people who may fit the profile of suspected terrorists. Would you approve or disapprove of such a move?"
%
Approve 68
Disapprove 29
Don't know 3

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"Turning your attention now to airport security: In your opinion, do you feel that United States airports are doing enough to secure the safety of passengers or are they doing too little?"
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Enough 14
Too little 82
Don't know 4

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"Transportation, airline and airport officials have taken measures to tighten airport security in the United States due to the terrorist attack last Tuesday. Some of the procedures are thorough searches of all planes and airports; no curbside check-ins or check-in from hotels; allowing only passengers to pass through security checkpoints; a ban on all knives; uniformed police patrols of airports; no more use of electronic tickets; checks of passengers using hand-held metal detectors, and armed marshals aboard airplanes. These measures may result in longer check-in times. Generally speaking, do you approve or disapprove of these security measures?"
%
Approve 95
Disapprove 4
Don't know 1

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"Senator McCain and others have alleged that the country's intelligence operations have become less effective over the past decade. They say this is the result of fewer covert operations abroad and lack of expertise to analyze intelligence data here in the United States. Do you think support of American intelligence operations should be a higher national budget priority than it is now, a lower budget priority or is it about the right level of priority now?"
%
Higher 71
Lower 2
Right level 19
Don't know 8

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Asked of those who answered "Higher":
"Would you support funding intelligence operations at a higher level even if that means higher taxes for all Americans, or not?"
%
Yes 85
No 9
Depends (vol.) 3
Don't know 3

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"Would you support funding intelligence operations at a higher level even if that means reduced government benefits, such as health care, farm aid or dipping into the Social Security fund, or not?"
%
Yes 36
No 52
Depends (vol.) 6
Don't know 6

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"Which statement comes closer to your view? [Rotate:] The United States has a responsibility to fight violations of international law and aggression around the world even without the cooperation of its allies. OR, The United States should work only in a coordinated effort with its allies to fight violations of international law and aggression around the world."
%
Fight alone 34
Fight with allies 59
Shouldn't be involved at all (vol.) 1
Don't know 6

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"Do you think the terrorist attack last Tuesday was a direct result of United States'   policy of intervention around the world, or not?"
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Was a direct result 47
Was not 36
Partially (vol.) 6
Don't know 11

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"Specifically, do you think the terrorist attack last Tuesday was a direct result of United States' policy in the Middle East or not?"
%
Was a direct result 58
Was not 23
Partially (vol.) 7
Don't know 12

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"The United States is saying that it is fairly certain that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the attack on the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon last Tuesday. Bin Laden is an exiled Saudi militant with extreme anti-American views who is allegedly being protected by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. If it is determined that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the terrorist attack, do you think he and his organization will be caught and brought to justice or not?"
%
Will be 70
Will not be 19
Don't know 11

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"If it is also determined that the Taliban ruling party in Afghanistan is harboring Osama bin Laden, would you support the United States and its allies retaliating with military action against Afghanistan, even if it could result in civilian casualties, or would you oppose that?"
%
Support 82
Oppose 11
Don't know 7

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"What about Osama bin Laden's organization itself? Do you think the United States should retaliate against Bin Laden's group through military action, or should the United States pursue justice by bringing him to trial in the United States?"
%
Military action 69
Bring him to trial 25
Don't know 6

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"In light of Tuesday's attack, should the United States toughen restrictions on visas for foreign students and other visitors to the United States?"
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Yes 84
No 12
Don't know 4

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Sept. 13-14, 2001. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How confident are you that national and local law enforcement agencies in the United States are capable of breaking up terrorist plots by radical groups here? Are you [see below]?"
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Very confident 32
Somewhat confident 42
Not too confident 17
Not at all confident 7
Don't know 2

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush has handled the situation resulting from Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.?"
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Approve 89
Disapprove 8
Don't know 3

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"Do you think George W. Bush has come across as a strong leader in the way he has handled the situation resulting from the terrorist attacks, or not?"
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Yes 83
No 13
Don't know 4

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"Do you think New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has come across as a strong leader in the way he has handled the situation resulting from the terrorist attacks, or not?"
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Yes 89
No 5
Don't know 6

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"How worried are you that the financial and psychological effects of the terrorist attacks will SERIOUSLY hurt [see below]: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?"
Very Some-
what
Not
Too
Not
At All
Don't
Know
% % % % %
"The U.S. economy" 24 39 24 12 1
"The world economy" 20 43 23 12 2
"Stock prices and the value of people's investment portfolios" 21 40 24 12 3

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"Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement, or if you have no opinion either way: The U.S. should reduce its ties to Israel in order to lessen the acts of terrorism against us."
%
Agree 32
Disagree 50
Don't know 18

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"Which ONE of the following statements comes closer to your own view of how the terrorist attacks should affect U.S. spending priorities? They make it more important to spend the money necessary to develop the anti-missile shield President Bush has proposed to protect against attacks by a terrorist group or rogue nation. OR, They make it more important to spend the money instead on improving airport and building security, and for better intelligence operations and technology to identify terrorist plots."
%
More important to develop anti-missile shield 18
More important to spend on other security 71
Neither (vol.) 4
Don't know 7

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"How much of the blame, if any, do you think each of the following deserves for allowing this week’s terrorist attacks to happen? What about [see below]? Does this deserve a lot of the blame, some, only a little, or none?"
A Lot Some A Little None Don't
Know
% % % % %
"Failure of the FBI and CIA's intelligence efforts to identify and stop terrorist plots from being carried out"
30 39 19 8 4

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"Inadequate security at airports to prevent terrorists from bringing weapons on planes"
57 27 9 5 2

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"Inadequate security systems to deal with hijackers while planes are in the air"
45 32 13 6 4

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"Thinking about a possible U.S. military response to the terrorist attacks, would you favor or oppose attacking people suspected of terrorism against the U.S. like Osama bin Laden EVEN IF we're not sure they're responsible for what happened this week?"
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Favor 54
Oppose 40
Don't know 6

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"Thinking about a possible U.S. military response to the terrorist attacks, would you favor or oppose attacking terrorist bases and the countries that allow or support them EVEN IF there is a high likelihood of civilian casualties?"
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Favor 71
Oppose 21
Don't know 8

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"In your opinion, how likely is it that more terrorist attacks will be carried out against major U.S. cities, buildings or national landmarks in the near future? Is it [see below]?"
%
Very likely 43
Somewhat likely 39
Not too likely 12
Not at all likely 3
Don't know 3

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"As a result of Tuesday's attacks do you personally feel a lot less safe where you live and work, somewhat less safe, only a little less safe, or not at all less safe than you did before?"
%
A lot less 12
Somewhat less 24
A little less 27
Not at all less 36
Don't know 1

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"In response to the terrorist attacks, do you think the United States should put Arabs and Arab-Americans in this country under special surveillance, OR that it would be a mistake to target a nationality group, as was done with Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor?"
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Put under special surveillance 32
A mistake to target a nationality group 62
Don't know 6

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 13, 2001. N=609 adults nationwide. MoE 4. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the U.S. response to this week's terrorist attacks?"
Approve Disapprove No
Opinion
% % %
9/13 91 7 2

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"Do you think the United States government did all it reasonably could do to try to prevent these attacks, or do you think it could have done more?"
Did All
 It Could
Could Have
Done More
No
Opinion
% % %
9/13 31 65 4
9/11 43 44 13

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"If the United States can identify the groups or nations responsible for today's attacks, would you support or oppose taking military action against them?"
Support Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
9/13 93 5 2
9/11 94 3 3

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"What if that meant getting into a war? In that case would you support or oppose taking military action?"
Support Oppose No
Opinion
NET % % %
9/13 86 11 3
9/11 86 7 4

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"What if it meant innocent civilians in other countries might be hurt or killed? In that case would you support or oppose taking military action?"
Support Oppose No
Opinion
NET % % %
9/13 77 19 4

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"What if it meant getting into a long war with large numbers of U.S. troops killed or injured? In that case would you support or oppose taking military action against the groups or nations responsible for these attacks?"
Support Oppose No
Opinion
NET % % %
9/13 69 26 5

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"As you may know, a man named Osama bin Laden, who reportedly lives in Afghanistan, has been indicted for directing previous terrorist attacks and is a suspect in Tuesday's attacks. If Afghanistan does not turn bin Laden over to the United States, would you support or oppose the United States' attacking Afghanistan militarily?"
Support Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
9/13 85 11 3

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"Just your best guess, do you think the United States will go to war as a result of Tuesday's attacks, or not?"
Will Will Not No
Opinion
% % %
9/13 66 30 4

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"How confident are you in the ability of the U.S. government to find and punish the people responsible for these attacks? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"
9/13 9/11
% %
Very confident 65 54
Somewhat confident 30 37
Not too confident 4 8
Not at all confident 1 1
No opinion - 1

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"Would you support or oppose new laws that would make it easier for the FBI and other authorities to investigate people they suspect of involvement in terrorism?"
Support Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
9/13 92 6 2

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"What if that meant giving up some of Americans' personal liberties and privacy? In that case would you support it or not?"
Support Oppose No
Opinion
NET % % %
9/13 71 24 5

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"Would you support or oppose new airport security measures, even if they cause long delays in air travel?"
Support Oppose
% %
9/13 98 2

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"Have you personally canceled any specific plans to travel by air in the future because of the danger of terrorist attacks, or not?"
Have Have Not
% %
9/13 9 91

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"Do you think the attacks this week will make you personally more suspicious of people who you think are of Arab descent, or not?"
Yes No No
Opinion
% % %
9/13 43 56 1

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Time/CNN Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Sept. 13, 2001. N=1,082 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Based on what you have heard or read, would you say that George W. Bush has done a very good job, a good job, a poor job, or a very poor job responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?"
%
Very good 45
Good 43
Poor 6
Very poor 4
Not sure 2

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"Based on what you have heard or read, would you say that the U.S. Congress has done a very good job, a good job, a poor job, or a very poor job responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?"
%
Very good 35
Good 48
Poor 7
Very poor 3
Not sure 7

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"How likely do you think it is that bombings or similar acts of violence will occur elsewhere in the United States in the near future: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

"How likely do you think it is that bombings or similar acts of violence will occur in the community where you live in the near future: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

U.S. Com-
munity
% %
Very likely 39 7
Somewhat likely 41 17
Not very likely 13 40
Not at all likely 3 34
Not sure 4 2

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"Before Tuesday's events, did you think an attack as serious as the ones on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon would happen in the United States, or did you think that an attack this serious would never happen?"
%
Would happen 33
Would never happen 64
Not sure 3

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"Based on what you have heard or read, do you think that the country's intelligence-gathering agencies failed in their responsibilities to obtain information about these terrorist attacks?"
%
Yes 55
No 38
Not sure 7

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"Do you think an armed federal law enforcement officer should accompany all airline flights in the United States, or not?"
%
Yes 78
No 19
Not sure 3

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"As a result of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, do you feel more favorable, less favorable, or no different toward each of the following? . . ."
More Less No
Different
Not
Sure
% % % %
Israel 10 21 66 3
Arab Americans 4 27 65 4
Afghanistan 3 51 42 4
Muslims living abroad 2 31 62 5
Palestinians 2 41 53 4

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"Here are some military actions the U.S. could take once it knows who is responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose taking each action against the responsible party. . . ."
Favor Oppose Not
Sure
% % %
"Strategic air strikes against isolated military targets" 85 11 4

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"Assassinations of leaders responsible for the terrorism" 81 16 3

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"Ground invasion with U.S. troops that would result in the loss of U.S. lives" 55 38 7

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"Massive bombings that might kill civilians" 48 46 6

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"If a military invasion of another country using ground troops becomes necessary to punish those responsible for Tuesday's attack, would you favor or oppose the reinstatement of the draft?"
%
Favor 66
Oppose 28
Not sure 6

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"How likely is it that Osama bin Laden is personally involved in Tuesday's terrorist attacks? Would you say that it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

"How likely is it that Saddam Hussein is personally involved in Tuesday's terrorist attacks? Would you say that it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

Osama
bin
Laden
Saddam
Hussein
% %
Very likely 78 34
Somewhat likely 14 44
Not very likely 1 9
Not at all likely - 3
Not sure 7 10

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"If the U.S. conducts military strikes against Osama bin Laden, do you think it is likely or unlikely that this will lead to a broader war between the U.S. and other countries in the Middle East or Asia?"
%
Likely 65
Unlikely 29
Not sure 6

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 12, 2001. N=638 adults nationwide. MoE 4:

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9/12 9/11
% %
"How closely have you been following the news about the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all?"
Very closely 77 80
Somewhat closely 20 18
Not very closely 2 1
Not at all 0 1
Don't know 1 0

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"Some people have said that these attacks represent the biggest failure for American intelligence operations since Pearl Harbor. Do you think that these attacks were something that government intelligence agencies should have been able to discover in advance?"
Yes 54 56
No 31 27
Don't know 15 17

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"U.S. commercial planes were hijacked and used in the attacks. Do you think these attacks could have been prevented if airport security was tightened up, or do you think they would have happened anyway?"
Could've been prevented 53 57
Happened anyway 39 36
Don't know 8 7

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"Some people have described the attacks as another Pearl Harbor. In your view, are these attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon like another Pearl Harbor, or not?"
Are 50 60
Are not 28 28
This is worse (vol.) 17 -
Don't know 5 12

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"Do you think these attacks will mean that the United States will go to war, or not?"
Yes 55 57
No 27 28
Don't know 18 15

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Sept. 12, 2001. N=618 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Would you say that Tuesday's attacks are more serious than, equal to, or not as serious as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941?"
%
More serious 66
Equal to 25
Not as serious as 5
Not sure 4

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"In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the terrorist attacks against the United States in New York City and Washington, D.C.?"
%
Approve 80
Disapprove 8
Not sure 12

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"Which one of the following emotions do you feel the most strongly in response to these terrorist attacks?" [See below. If "All" or "Combination":] "Well, if you had to select just one, which emotion would come closest to describing how you feel?"
%
Anger 37
Sadness 24
Disbelief 21
Vulnerability 11
Fear 6
Not sure 1

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"Are you more concerned that the United States will overreact and go too far in its response to these attacks, or that the United States will underreact and not be strong enough in its response?"
%
Overreact 18
Underreact 50
Neither/Depends (vol.) 25
Not sure 7

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"Do you believe that the United States should take forceful military action against the people who are responsible for these attacks, even if it means risking further retaliation and the threat of war?"
%
Yes, should 83
No, should not 8
Not sure 9

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"Do you believe that these attacks represent a failure of the American intelligence and security systems, or do you believe that these attacks were beyond what is reasonable to expect the American intelligence and security systems to uncover?"
%
A failure 41
Not a failure 49
Not sure 10

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"Do you think that these terrorist attacks will have a major effect, a minor effect, or no real effect on whether the country experiences an economic recession?"
%
Major effect 47
Minor effect 32
No real effect 13
Not sure 8

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"How long do you believe it will be before the United States finds those who are responsible for these attacks and takes action against them -- will it be within a week, within a month, will it be several months, or longer than that?"
%
Within a week 18
Within a month 36
Several months 25
Longer than that 13
Not sure 8

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"Do you think it is likely or unlikely that the United States will experience another terrorist attack by the same people responsible for the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.?"
%
Likely 66
Unlikely 27
Not sure 7

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"Will you or your family change the way you live -- such as how or where you travel -- because of concerns about terrorism?"
%
Yes, will change 35
No, will not change 64
Not sure 1

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"I’d like to read you several possible responses by the United States to these attacks. For each one, please tell me whether you would strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose that response by the United States. . . ."
Strongly
Favor
Some-
what
Favor
Some-
what
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Not
Sure
% % % % %
"Work with our allies to combat and, over time, eliminate the terrorists responsible for these attacks"
84 10 1 2 3

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"Launch airstrikes against terrorists when they are identified and proven responsible for these attacks"
77 11 4 5 3

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"Build a case against the people who are specifically responsible and seek justice in the world court"
62 13 7 15 3

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"Take military action against any nation that allows the terrorists who are responsible for this attack to live and work in their country, even if that country was not involved in the attacks"
57 15 9 12 7

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"Launch immediate airstrikes against the strongholds of terrorists who are believed to be the most likely responsible for these attacks"
51 14 14 16 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 11, 2001. N=608 adults nationwide. MoE 4. Field work by TNS Intersearch.
           

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"As you have probably heard, apparent terrorist attacks today destroyed the World Trade Towers in New York City, damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and caused a plane crash in Pennsylvania. Apparently these attacks were carried out by terrorists who hijacked commercial airplanes. Do you think the United States government did all it reasonably could do to try to prevent these attacks, or do you think it could have done more?"
    %        
  Did all it could do 43        
  Could have done more 44        
  No opinion 13        
           

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"How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in this country? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much, or not at all?"
    Great
Deal
Some-
what
Not Too
Much
Not
At All
No
Opinion
    % % % % %
  9/01 49 38 7 4 1
  6/97 21 41 24 14 -
  8/96 31 43 18 8 -
           

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"Are you personally worried that you or a close relative or friend might be the victim of a further terrorist attack in this country, or is that something you're not especially worried about?"
    Worried Not
Worried
No
Opinion
   
    % % %    
  9/01 47 52 1    
  6/97 21 78 1    
  8/96 29 71 -    
  5/95 25 75 -    
           

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"How concerned are you about the possibility there will be a major terrorist attack in your own community where you live? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much, or not at all?"
    Great
Deal
Some-
what
Not Too
Much
Not
At All
No
Opinion
    % % % % %
  9/01 16 26 33 25 -
           

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"Apart from those responsible for today's attacks, would you support or oppose the U.S. taking military action against countries that assist or shelter terrorists?"
    %        
  Support 84        
  Oppose 11        
  No opinion 5        
           

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"Would you be willing to give up some of the liberties we have in this country in order for the government to crack down on terrorism, or not?"
    Willing Not
Willing
No
Opinion
   
    % % %    
  9/01 66 24 10    
  5/95 52 41 7    
  4/95 59 35 7    
           

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"Did you, personally, do any of the following because of today's attacks? . . . "
           

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    Yes No      
    % %      
           

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  "Call or e-mail a friend or relative in New York or Washington to see how they were"
    28 72      
           

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  "Stay home from work or leave early" Asked of employed respondents
    41 59      
           

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  "Watch or listen to broadcast news reports"
    99 1      
           

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  "Pray for the victims and their families"
    91 8      
           

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  "Change your daily plans or activities in any way"
    53 47      

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 11, 2001. N=619 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"I’d like to ask you a few questions about the events that occurred today in New York City and Washington, D.C. How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of a terrorist attack: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"
%
Very worried 23
Somewhat worried 35
Not too worried 24
Not worried at all 16
Know a victim (vol.) 1
No opinion 1

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"Do you think today's attacks do -- or do not -- represent the beginning of a sustained terrorist campaign against the United States that will continue for the next several weeks?"
%
Do represent 55
Do not 29
No opinion 16

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"Would you describe today's attacks as an act of war against the United States, or not?"
%
Yes, an act of war 86
No, not an act of war 10
No opinion 4

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"How confident are you in President Bush's ability to handle this situation? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not confident at all?"
%
Very confident 45
Somewhat confident 33
Not very confident 11
Not confident at all 7
No opinion 4

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"As a result of today's attacks, do you think Americans will permanently change the way they live, or not?"
%
Yes, will 49
No, will not 45
No opinion 6

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"Which comes closest to your view? [Rotate:] The U.S. military should conduct military strikes immediately against known terrorist organizations, even if it is unclear who caused today's attacks. The U.S. military should only conduct military strikes against the terrorist organizations responsible for today's attacks, even if it takes months to clearly identify them. OR, The U.S. military should not conduct military strikes in response to today's attacks."
%
Conduct strikes immediately 21
Identify culprits, then conduct strikes 71
Don't conduct strikes 4
No opinion 4

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"How likely is it that the U.S. government will be able to identify and punish the people responsible for these attacks: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"
%
Very likely 52
Somewhat likely 36
Not very likely 6
Not at all likely 3
No opinion 3

.

"Do you think this is -- or is not -- the most tragic news event in your lifetime?"
%
Is 87
Is not 12
No opinion 1

.

"Do you think you will change any aspect of your personal life or activities in order to reduce your chances of being a victim of terrorist attacks -- or will you not make any changes in your personal life?"
Will Make
Changes
Will
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/01 36 61 3
4/95 16 83 1

.

"Do today's events make you less willing to fly on airplanes, or not?"
%
Yes, less willing 48
No, not less willing 50
No opinion 2

 

Ipsos-Reid poll. Sept. 11, 2001. N=500 adults nationwide. MoE 4.4.

.

"Of course it is impossible to know tonight what the long-term effects of today's events will be. But looking ahead, do you tend to think that once these events pass things will return to normal, or that the events are a turning point that will fundamentally change things forever?"
%
Things will return to normal 21
Things will change forever 74
Both (vol.) 2
Neither (vol.) 2
Not sure 2

.

"Do you think this will prove to be an isolated incident of airplane hijackings, or do you think this will be the beginning of a new trend of more and more airplane hijackings?"
%
Isolated incident 38
A new trend 52
Not sure 10

.

"Do you think this was an isolated terrorist incident, or an act of war against the U.S.?"
%
Isolated incident 21
Act of war 69
Both (vol.) 6
Not sure 5

.

"How confident are you that the persons responsible for today's terrorist attacks will be identified, captured, and brought to justice? Do you have a great deal of confidence, quite a bit of confidence, only some confidence, very little confidence, or no confidence at all?"
%
A great deal 31
Quite a bit 23
Only some 27
Very little 14
None at all 4
Not sure 1

.

"I am going to read you a list of things that are brought to people's attention by today's events. For each of the following, please tell me how much confidence you have in the person or thing today. For each one I read, please tell me if you have a great deal, quite a bit, only some, very little, or no confidence at all. . . ."
Great
Deal
Quite
A Bit
Only
Some
Very
Little
None Not
Sure
% % % % % %
"U.S. military defense"
53 35 8 3 - 1

.

"Emergency response plans"
45 36 14 4 - 1

.

"President Bush's handling of the job of president"
37 23 22 11 5 2

.

"President Bush's ability to handle a crisis such as this"
35 29 22 7 4 3

.

"Your own personal safety from terrorist attack"
34 33 20 8 3 1

.

"Law enforcement agencies such as the FBI"
29 33 27 7 3 1

.

"U.S. diplomatic relations with the world"
18 30 37 13 1 1

.

"The support the U.S. gets from other countries around the world"
18 27 36 15 2 2

.

"U.S. anti-terrorist efforts"
18 20 41 15 4 2

.

"The safety of U.S. landmarks and tourist attractions"
14 24 41 15 5 1

.

"Airport security"
5 14 39 28 12 1

.

"And, for each, please tell me whether your confidence has gone up a lot, gone up a little, gone down a little, or gone down a lot, or has not been changed one way or the other by today's events. . . ."
Up a
Lot
Up a
Little
Down a
Little
Down a
Lot
No
Change
Not
Sure
% % % % % %
"U.S. military defense"
15 15 13 3 52 1

.

"Emergency response plans"
28 22 6 2 41 1

.

"President Bush's handling of the job of president"
16 18 6 5 53 2

.

"President Bush's ability to handle a crisis such as this"
17 20 7 5 49 2

.

"Your own personal safety from terrorist attack"
8 6 26 12 47 1

.

"Law enforcement agencies such as the FBI"
12 12 16 7 53 1

.

"U.S. diplomatic relations with the world"
9 14 19 9 49 1

.

"The support the U.S. gets from other countries around the world"
12 16 13 9 47 3

.

"U.S. anti-terrorist efforts"
11 10 31 17 29 3

.

"The safety of U.S. landmarks and tourist attractions"
7 7 33 17 36 1

.

"Airport security"
6 3 28 41 22 1

.

"How much will today's events affect your feelings of safety and security about flying? Would you say a great deal, quite a bit, only some, very little, or not at all?"
%
A great deal 36
Quite a bit 14
Only some 23
Very little 12
Not at all 16

 

 


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