Public concern over cyber-attack

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Americans are divided on whether Congress should pass a law making it easier for the government and private sector to exchange data about security threats in cyberspace, according to a new Washington Post poll.

Poll Questions

Q: How concerned are you that computer systems of the U.S. government could be the target of a major cyber-attack, meaning that computer systems could be shut down or damaged by viruses or other hacker attacks? (Half sample)

Q: How concerned are you that computer systems of U.S. business could be the target of a major cyber-attack, meaning that the computer systems could be shut down or damaged by viruses or other hacker attacks? (Half sample)

Q: (Among those very/fairly concerned about a cyber attack) What is the country or organization that you’re most concerned about launching such an attack?

Q: What do you think is more important, for the federal government (to investigate possible threats of cyber attack even if that intrudes on personal privacy) or (not to intrude even if that limits its ability to investigate threats of cyber attack?)

No opinion

Q: In your opinion what is the likelihood that the U.S. government will be subject to a major cyber-attack in the next 12 months?(Half sample)

Q: In your opinion what is the likelihood that U.S. businesses will be subject to a major cyber-attack in the next 12 months?(Half sample)

Q: And, how prepared do you think the U.S. government is for a major cyber-attack?(Half sample)

Q: And, how prepared do you think U.S. businesses are for a major cyber-attack? (Half sample)

Q: When it comes to computer network security standards at US companies should the govt require specific standards by law, encourage but not require such standards or stay out of it entirely?

Q: Congress is considering legislation to make it easier for the government and U.S. companies to exchange information about potential cyber-security threats. Some of the information could include personal Internet content and e-mails.Do you think the new information exchange (is justified to try to prevent cyber-attack), or do you think it (goes too far in invading personal privacy)?

No opinion

Q: (Among those who say goes too far) What if there were protections against the release of names and other identifying information – in that case do you think the information exchange would be justified, or not?

No opinion

Q: Combined result -- information exchange including privacy protections

 
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