Quinnipiac: New Yorkers Expect Another Attack

Thursday, 08 Sep 2011 10:33 AM

By Martin Gould

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Nearly three out of every five New Yorkers believe the city will be hit by another huge terrorist attack in the near future, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows.

A total of 58 percent believe an attack “causing large numbers of lives to be lost” is likely. In the country as a whole, the figure stands at 49 percent.
“Across the nation, fears of another 9/11 have faded a lot. At Ground Zero, New Yorkers are still worried,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Connecticut university’s Polling Institute. “New Yorkers were the terrorist target on 9/11 and they’re more fearful … that it might happen again.”

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But despite the fears, people living in the city refuse to allow the terrorists who hit 10 years ago to affect their everyday life. Seventy percent say they continue to go about their daily life as usual. In Manhattan, the borough that was actually struck on 9/11, that figure goes up to 77 percent.

New Yorkers believe September 11, 2001 will go down in history as a more significant date than December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, but the figures are reversed when the question is asked throughout the country.

In New York, 45 percent believe 9/11 is the more significant, compared with 32 percent who say it is Pearl Harbor. In the country as a whole, 45 percent said Pearl Harbor with 43 percent opting for 9/11.

Carroll noted there is a significant gender gap, with far more women than men – 50-35 nationally and 54-34 in New York – believing 9/11 was the more significant date.


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