Reaction to Terrorism Attacks

U.S. Ipsos-Reid Poll

Reaction to Terrorism Attacks

Confidence Shaken In Airport Security, American Landmarks And Tourist Attractions, And U.S. Anti-Terrorism Efforts;

Confidence Remains Strong In Military Defense, Emergency Response Plans, Law Enforcement And President Bush;

The Mixed Emotions Of Men And Women, And Their Differing Confidence That Perpetrators Will Be Caught;

An Act Of War. This Changes Everything

On the night after the terrorism attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, September 11, 2001, Ipsos-Reid conducted a survey with a representative sample of 500 adults nationwide, by telephone beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The margin of error is 4.4%.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--September 12, 2001 The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. left Americans shaken in their confidence in three areas in particular. More than two-in-three Americans (68%) say their confidence in airport security has gone down as a result of yesterday's events, and half (50%) are less confident about the safety of U.S. landmarks and tourist attractions, and almost half (47%) are less confident about U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, according to an Ipsos-Reid poll of Americans nationwide.

"Americans remain confident in their military defense, emergency response plans, personal safety from terrorist attack, law enforcement, and President Bush's leadership," reports Thomas Riehle, President, U.S. Public Affairs at Ipsos-Reid, the independent international polling firm. "Fewer than half remain confident in U.S. diplomatic relations and the support the U.S. gets from other countries around the world, however."

Americans almost universally find themselves burdened by sorrow for the victims and their families--that is the dominant emotion of the day, according to the Ipsos-Reid poll. Men also feel anger and a desire for retribution. Women are more likely to express fear that there are more attacks to come, the poll reports. Men believe the perpetrators will be caught and brought to justice, but women have doubts.

What happens next? Most Americans believe things will never just "return to normal"--rather, most Americans feel things have been fundamentally changed forever by yesterday's events.

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Thom Riehle President & COO U.S. Public Affairs Ipsos-Reid (202) 463-7300

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