9/11 anniversary: Most Americans says US is fully prepared for terror attacks

September 11th, 2008 - 4:38 pm ICT by ANI  

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New York, Sept.11 (ANI): Only a third of Americans think that another terrorist attack on the United States is likely, but a majority of the countrys citizens also believe that the United States is prepared for such an attack should it occur.
According to a CBS poll, 52 percent of those polled said they thought the U.S. was adequately prepared, compared to 39 percent who said the U.S. was not prepared.
This is the first time since March 2003 - right after the U.S. invasion of Iraq - that a majority held that opinion.
As recently as last September, after the revelations of a failed terrorist plot in London that summer, 56 percent said the U.S. was not adequately prepared.
Twenty-nine percent said a terror strike is somewhat likely, while seven percent said it is very likely.
A majority of men, Republicans and Independents, conservatives and moderates and voters who support John McCain for president all think the U.S. is prepared, while women, Democrats, liberals, and Barack Obama supporters are divided.
Americans give some credit to the Bush administration for making the country safer. Fifty percent say the administration’’s policies have improved the countrys safety, about the same rating as they have given the White House for the last two years.
Twenty-one percent say the administration’’s policies have made the country less safe, and 23 percent say they have had no effect.
President Bush’’s approval rating is now at 29 percent, slightly above the low of 25 percent reached this past summer. His approval has not climbed above 30 percent since April 2007.
The poll also finds that Americans do not have much confidence that the U.S. will capture or kill al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Only 36 percent think bin Laden’’s capture is even somewhat likely, and only six percent think it is very likely - the lowest numbers recorded so far.
Confidence in bin Laden’’s capture has declined dramatically over the seven years since 9/11 - in October 2001, 70 percent thought it was at least somewhat likely that bin Laden would be captured or killed.
Now,60 percent have little or no confidence in that happening.(ANI)

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