The War on Terror: Ten years of polls on American attitudes
Political Report, September 2011

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  • Ten years of polls on #American attitudes after 9/11

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  • 7 in 10 #Americans believe we will be attacked again

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  • 6 in 10 #Americans believe the war in #Afghanistan was the right move

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Pollsters have asked thousands of questions over the past decade about public reactions to 9/11. In the latest issue of AEI's Political Report, the editors look at how attitudes have changed over the past decade about the War on Terror.

Key findings include:

  • Americans were resilient in the face of the attacks. 71% felt depressed right after the attacks; 24% in late October.
  • Around 7 in 10 believe there will be another attack on American soil, but most say they won't be victims.
  • Amid widespread criticism of government today, around 70% say government is doing well in reducing the threat. They credit the Bush administration with making America safer and believe President Obama will keep us safe.
  • Concern about civil liberties for the average American has risen sharply. But Americans want government to err on the side of protecting them against possible terrorist attacks.
  • Around six in ten believe taking the war to Afghanistan was the right thing to do. Two-thirds or more want to the U.S. reduce troop levels now.


Karlyn Bowman is a senior fellow and Andrew Rugg is a research assistant at AEI.

 

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  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
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