Americans Split On Whether Nation Is Safer Now Than Before 9/11

UTICA, N.Y.—U.S. adults are closely split on whether the nation is safer today than it was prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to a new IBOPE Zogby poll. Forty-eight percent believe that America is safer now, while 46 percent disagree. Six percent are not sure.

Forty-five percent of those polled credit luck as a reason there has not been an al Qaeda-sponsored attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Fifty-nine percent cited better intelligence, 29 percent pointed to the war in Afghanistan, 22 percent pointed to the war in Iraq, 21 percent credited the Patriot Act and 20 percent looked to the Department of Homeland Security. Responders were allowed to select multiple options.


Intelligence agencies are most responsible for keeping the nation safe from future terrorist attacks, according to 43 percent of those polled. The military (17 percent), elected leaders (12 percent) and law enforcement (11 percent) were identified by a minority of poll responders.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 2-5, one week ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks, and found 56 percent disappointed that rebuilding at the site of the Twin Towers has not yet been completed.

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