Poll: Jump in those who say terrorism part of life

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 11:25am

A new poll indicates a spike in the percentage of Americans who say that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of life in the future.

But according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted after last week's Boston Marathon bombings, there's no rise in public concerns about another terrorist attack here in the U.S.

The poll, released Tuesday, indicates that three-quarters of Americans say that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of life in the future, up from 64% last April.

Despite that jump, the poll indicates no increase following the attacks in Boston, which killed three people and injured more than 250, in worries about future acts of terrorism. Fifty-nine percent of people questioned in a November 2010 Pew Research Center poll said they were very or somewhat concerned about another terrorist attack here in the U.S. That number now stands at 58%, virtually unchanged.

Six in ten say that steps the government's taken since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack have made the country safer, with 35% saying the actions haven't had much of an effect.

Can the government do more to prevent attacks in the future like the one in Boston?

The poll indicates the public's divided, with 49% saying there's more the government can do and 45% saying there's not more than can be done.

The survey suggests only modest partisan differences in these opinions.

"Republicans and Democrats are about equally likely to say terrorism will be part of life in the future (78% of Republicans, 73% of Democrats). Members of both parties are divided over whether or not there is more the government can do to prevent this type of attack. However, Republicans (69%) are more likely to credit the government's post-Sept. 11 actions for making the country safer than are independents (59%) or Democrats (58%)," says a release from Pew Research Center.

The poll was conducted April 18-21, with 1,002 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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