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Voter Less Fearful of Terrorists; Most Think U.S. Winning War on Terror

As we approach the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, voters are more confident than they have been in years that the country is safer today than it was before those attacks, and most also agree we’re winning the ongoing War on Terror.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. voters think the United States is safer today than it was before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That’s up from only 31% in November 2017 and the highest level of confidence in the nation’s safety since late 2012.

Just one-in-three (34%) now believe the United States is not safer than it was before 9/11, down from an all-time high of 60% reached two years ago and the lowest level of worry since December 2012. Nineteen percent (19%) remain unsure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 5-6, 2018 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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