Reaction to Boston bombings muted compared to 9/11

In this poll:

Americans have a far more muted reaction to the bombing than the 2001 terrorist attacks, with fewer following the story closely and saying the event disrupted their work or kept them from concentration on normal activities.

Poll Questions

Q: As you have probably heard, explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 100 others. How closely have you been following news about the bombings in Boston ...?

Q: How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to prevent terrorist attacks against Americans in this country ...?

Q: How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in the United States - is that something that worries you ...?

Q: How concerned are you about the possibility there will be a major terrorist attack in your own community where you live - is that something that worries you ...?

Q: Did you, personally, do any of the following because of the bombing ....? Stay home from work or leave early

No opinion

Q: Did you, personally, do any of the following because of the bombing ....? Watch or listen to broadcast news reports

No opinion

Q: Did you, personally, do any of the following because of the bombing ....? Pray for the victims and their families

No opinion

Q: Did you, personally, do any of the following because of the bombing ....? Change your daily plans or activities in any way

No opinion

Q: Have you had any difficulty concentrating on your job or your normal activities because of the way you feel about the bombing in Boston?

No opinion

Q: Since Monday?s bombings in Boston, have you or has anyone in your household started avoiding crowded places such as shopping malls because of the change of terrorism, or not?

Q: Which worries you more: that the government will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that it will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?

Q: Which comes closer to your view--the terrorists will always find a way to launch major attacks no matter what the U.S. government does, or the U.S. government can eventually prevent all major attacks if it works hard enough at it?

No opinion

 
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