Making the Connection
Chapter 7: Security
PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT TERRORISM AND TERRORISM INCIDENTS The magnitude of concern over the threat of terrorism has persisted in the US at least since the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent terrorist attacks and threats throughout the US and the world. The findings of the Pew Research Center January 2011 political survey (Pew Research Center 2011, p.1) show that: ● ● ● ● ● ● Seventy-three percent of the surveyed public felt that terrorism (“Defending the US against terrorism”) was among the top policy priorities to be addressed by the government. Terrorism ranked as the third concern following the economy and jobs. Terrorism consistently ranked at least third over the ten-year period, and ranked first in 2006 and 2007 following the Madrid and London bombings (Pew Research Center 2011, p.6). The 2010 level of 80 percent for concern about terrorism was only exceeded by the levels in 2002 and 2003 of 83 percent and 81 percent respectively (Pew Research Center 2010, p.2) which were the years immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The 2011 level of 73 percent, though still the third ranking priority, represents a drop of 7 percent over the 2010 level, and is the lowest percentage over the 2001–2011 time period (Pew Research Center 2011, p.6), probably reflecting the greater concern over the economy, jobs and the deficit. There is a considerable bipartisan split in the issue with republicans rating terrorism concerns higher than the democrats (Pew Research Center 2011, p.10). The results of different polls, however, are not consistent with...
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