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34% Say 9/11 Directly Impacted Their Family or Friends

Sunday, September 11, 2011

One-in-three Americans (34%) say their family or friends have been directly impacted by the events that took place on September 11, 2001, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of adults say their family or friends have not been directly affected by the events of that horrific day.

It’s important to note that the question did not specify what that impact might be – whether it was the loss of a loved one or friend, subsequent service in the War on Terror and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq or even a financial hit of some kind. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But 13% of Americans say they know someone who was actually in the World Trade Center or the Pentagon on 9/11. Eighty-five percent (85%) do not.

Today on The Rasmussen Report Radio Show, Scott Rasmussen interviews a young woman who was on the 64th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the planes hit. Tune in at 3:06 pm Eastern on Sunday on WLS 890AM in Chicago, WMAL 630AM in Washington, and online everywhere.

As the United States commemorates the 10th anniversary of the biggest outside attack on American soil, 33% of adults believe terrorism is more of a threat to the country today than it was before 9/11. Twenty-two percent (22%) see terrorism as less of a threat, and 40% view the threat as about the same.

Sixty percent (60%) think a domestic terrorist attack is a bigger threat to the United States now than an attack from terrorists living outside the country. Just 20% see terrorists abroad as the bigger threat, but another 20% are undecided.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters are at least somewhat concerned that people who have become U.S. citizens will attempt to commit terrorist acts against the United States, with 33% who are Very Concerned.

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The national survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted September 9-10, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.. See methodology.


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