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31% Think al Qaeda Weaker Now Than Before 9/11 Attacks

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

While the debate continues over the presence of al Qaeda fighters among the Syrian rebels, Americans’ confidence in the weakening of that terrorist organization has fallen to levels not seen since before the killing of Osama bin Laden. Most Americans also continue to worry more about a domestic terror attack than one from outside our borders. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 31% of American Adults now believe al Qaeda is weaker than it was before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Belief that al Qaeda was weaker jumped from a low of 25% on the 9/11 anniversaries in 2009 and 2010 to 48% in May 2011 following bin Laden's death.  It rose to 50% in September of that year. This finding was still at 48% a year ago.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) now believe al Qaeda today is stronger than it was before 9/11. Another 29% say the group’s strength hasn’t changed since the attacks 12 years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 7-8, 2013 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

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