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Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 12,300 questions on Terrorism since 1966!

Likelihood of US Terrorist Attack in the Future

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How likely do you think it is that in the near future there will be a terrorist attack in the United States causing large numbers of lives to be lost--very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Thinking about the National Security Agency's surveillance program that collects the phone and Internet records of millions of Americans--do you think the government's surveillance of US citizens is more likely to help catch terrorists and protect Americans from additional attacks or to hurt law-abiding Americans by using private information improperly?
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41     To help catch terrorists and protect Americans from additional attacks
47     To hurt law-abiding Americans by using private information improperly
12     Don't know
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Jul, 2013]




Thinking about the National Security Agency's surveillance program that collects the phone and Internet records of millions of Americans--do you think the government's surveillance of US citizens is more likely to help catch terrorists and protect Americans from additional attacks or to hurt law-abiding Americans by using private information improperly?
%
44     To help catch terrorists and protect Americans from additional attacks
46     To hurt law-abiding Americans by using private information improperly
10     Don't know
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Jun, 2013]



Worried About Becoming a Victim of Terrorism

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How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism--very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
Time/Abt SRBI Poll, [Jun, 2013]




How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism--very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
CNN/Time/ORC International Poll, [Apr, 2013]




Now, thinking for a moment about terrorism, how worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism--very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Terrorism and the War in Iraq

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Below are a number of statements about the Iraq war. Please mark whether you agree or disagree with each statement....The threat of terrorism has been reduced by the war.
Global Views 2012 Survey, [May, 2012]




(I'm going to name some specific actions taken by the United States after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 (September 11, 2001, the date of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon). For each please tell me if you think it was very effective, somewhat effective, somewhat ineffective or very ineffective at reducing the threat of terrorism against the United States.)...The war in Iraq...Would you say that was very effective, somewhat effective, somewhat ineffective or very ineffective at reducing the threat of terrorism against the United States?
Note: Asked of half sample
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Aug, 2011]




Here are all the areas where you think the US (United States) has invested too many resources: the war in Iraq/the war in Afghanistan/pursuing terrorist groups like al Qaeda/providing equipment and training to prepare police and firefighters in the US for a terrorist attack/increasing airport security measures/giving military and economic aid to build alliances with other countries. How much do you think this over-investment of resources has contributed to America's economic problems today?...Not at all, a little, some, a lot
Note: Asked of those who said the US has invested too many resources over the last decade in any of these (71%)
PIPA/Knowledge Networks Poll, [Aug, 2011]



Who is Winning the War on Terrorism

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Who do you think is currently winning the war against terrorism--the US (United States) and its allies, neither side, or the terrorists?
CBS News Poll, [Nov, 2011]




Who do you think is currently winning the war against terrorism--the US (United States) and its allies, neither side, or the terrorists?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Aug, 2011]




Who do you think is currently winning the war on terrorism--the US (United States) and its allies, neither side or the terrorists?
Gallup Poll, [Aug, 2011]



Bio-terrorism

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Threats in the world could include terrorists using conventional weapons, or using biological, chemical or nuclear weapons, or conflicts among nations with nuclear weapons. Thinking about these and other threats, where would you put the possibility that terrorists could obtain a nuclear weapon--would you call it the single biggest threat the world faces, one of the biggest threats, a major threat but not one of the biggest ones, or less of a threat than that?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Apr, 2010]




(Now I am going to read you another set of statements about national security, this time from Republicans. For each statement, please tell me whether it makes you feel more confident or less confident about the Republicans on national security.)...Republicans say: (Barack) Obama wants to pretend the US (United States) is not at war with terrorists. He doesn't seem to understand terrorists want to plot another 9/11 (September 11, 2001, the date of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon), this time with a nuclear or biological weapon. We need to treat this like a real war, and do what it takes to defeat groups like al Qaeda that are trying to kill us....(If More/Less confident, ask:) (Is that much or somewhat more/less confident?)
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30     Much more confident
22     Somewhat more confident
17     Somewhat less confident
23     Much less confident
1     No difference (Vol.)
1     Both/Neither (Vol.)
5     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps/Third Way Poll, [Feb, 2010]




How would you rate the nation's system for...protecting against terrorism using biological threats like smallpox and anthrax? Would you rate it as excellent, good, fair or poor?
Note: Asked of half sample
Harvard School of Public Health/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Priorities Survey, [Jun, 2009]



Protecting the Public from Terrorism

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(As I read a list of possible long-range foreign policy goals which the United States might have, tell me how much priority you think each should be given.)...Taking measures to protect the US from terrorist attacks...Do you think this should have top priority, some priority, or no priority at all?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies?...They have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country
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44     They have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties
39     They have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country
9     Both/Neither/Approve of policies (Vol.)
7     Don't know/Refused
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies, that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, or that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Sep, 2013]



From the Archives


Do you think the bombing of Libya (by U.S. jets in April 1986) will reduce terrorism, or will it lead to even more terrorism, or won't it have much effect?
New York Times Poll, [Apr, 1986]




Would you say you personally are very concerned about a terrorist attack in the United States, or not?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Jan, 1991]




If the United States believes that another country supported a terrorist group that attacked U.S. citizens, but has no direct proof should the U.S. take military action against that country?
Associated Press/Media General Poll, [Jan, 1989]




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answered Favor when asked "(Here are some increased powers of investigation that law enforcement agencies might use when dealing with people suspected of terrorist activity, which would also affect our civil liberties. For each, please say if you would favor or oppose it.)...Expanded government monitoring of cell phones and email, to intercept communications."
CNN/Time/ORC International Poll, [Apr, 2013]


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