Poll Shows American’s Terrorism Fears Growing

The poll recorded a ten percent increase in concern about terrorism since last year.
Published: June 30, 2016

A recent poll revealed that Americans are more concerned with terrorism now than at any point since 2003.

A CNN/ORC poll found that 71 percent of Americans believe another terrorist attack in the United States is very or somewhat likely during the next few weeks. That’s the highest number since the U.S. first began its war with Iraq.

The poll also shows a ten percent jump in concern since last year.

Almost three-quarters of respondents aren’t as concerned with organized attacks by terrorist groups as they are with “lone wolf” attacks such as the nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 victims dead and more than 50 others injured.

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Almost a quarter of Americans (24 percent) say an attack on American soil is “very likely.” Outside of a poll taken in the immediate aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, the number hasn’t been that high since November 2001, according to the poll.

Despite the increased fears, President Barack Obama’s approval ratings for handling terrorism and ISIS have improved since December, although they remain low. Fifty six percent of respondents expressed disapproval for the president’s handling of terrorism.

The poll was conducted with a random national sample of 1,001 adults who were contacted via telephone.

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