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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What America Thinks: Is America Safe from Terrorists?

As the threat of radical Islamic terrorism continues to dominate the news, do Americans still feel safe at home? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Just a third of likely voters now think the United States is safer than before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the lowest level of confidence in nearly five years. Voters are now also just as likely to say the terrorists are winning the War on Terror as to say the United States and its allies are winning. While that’s more confidence in the United States than February’s all-time low of 19%, it’s still significantly lower than in previous years.

Following the massacre in early January in the Parisian office of the satirical magazine Charlie, most Americans said it is likely an attack on those critical of Islam will happen in this country within the next year. Last fall, 86% of voters described radical Islamic terrorism as a serious threat to the United States.

The radical Islamic State group, known as ISIS, has vowed to bring the terror war home to the United States. Voters tend to believe ISIS is winning the war in Iraq but aren’t so supportive of sending U.S. troops there. They’re hopeful that the increased involvement of Muslim nations in the fight against ISIS will turn the tide.

It’s been nearly 14 years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans. Sadly, 41% think many of their fellow Americans have already forgotten the impact of those attacks.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.