Washington Region: Terrorism Fears




Q.1       How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in the United States?  Is this something that worries you…(READ)

 

 

Concerned

Not concerned

 

 

NET

Great Deal

Somewhat

NET

Not much

None

DK/Ref

Current

68%

28%

40%

31%

18%

13%

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/16/03 – National

72

27

45

27

18

9

1

9/8/02

74

22

52

26

19

7

0

7/15/02

73

29

44

27

20

7

*

4/21/02

73

30

43

26

18

9

*

3/10/02

70

23

47

30

21

9

1

12/19/01

70

27

43

29

22

8

1

10/15/01

77

35

43

23

14

9

0

10/9/01

82

36

46

18

12

6

*

10/7/01

81

41

40

18

13

4

1

9/27/01

83

43

39

17

12

5

*

9/11/01

87

49

38

12

7

4

1

6/13/97

62

21

41

38

24

14

*

6/2/97

63

22

41

37

28

9

*

8/5/96

74

31

43

26

18

8

*

4/20/95

78

38

40

21

16

5

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Prior to 10/7/01 question wording was “How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in this country”


Q.2       How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in the Washington area?  Is this something that worries you…(READ)

 

 

 

Concerned

Not concerned

 

 

NET

Great Deal

Somewhat

NET

Not much

None

DK/Ref

Current

74

32

42

26

17

9

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL COMPARISON:  “How concerned are you about the possibility there will be a major terrorist attack in your own community where you live…?”

 

 

Concerned

Not concerned

 

 

NET

Great Deal

Somewhat

NET

Not much

None

DK/Ref

Current

32

10

22

65

37

28

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q.3       How concerned are you about the chances that you personally might be the victim of a terrorist attack? Does that worry you…(READ)

 

 

Concerned

Not concerned

 

 

NET

Great Deal

Somewhat

NET

Not much

None

DK/Ref

Current

46

14

32

53

30

23

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/16/03 - National

34

10

23

65

37

28

2

9/8/02

32

7

25

68

35

33

*

11/6/01

35

10

25

64

33

31

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Trends are from a national survey that asked “How concerned are you about the chance that you personally might be the victim of a terrorist attack…?”

 

 

Q.4       As you may know, the federal government recently raised the terrorist threat level from yellow to orange.  Do you think the federal government’s terrorist warning system(READ AND ROTATE 1-2)

 

38

Mostly provides useful information to people (or do you think it)

44

Mostly causes needless fear and alarm (or do you think it)

10

(VOL.) Both equally

4

(VOL.) Neither

4

(DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

 

 


Q.5       How closely have you been following news about the new terrorism warnings? Would you say you have been following this…(READ)

 

Current

 

10/02

43

Very closely

65

37

Somewhat closely

26

14

Not too closely, OR

7

5

Not closely at all?

*

*

(DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

1

 

NOTE:  Trend asked about the sniper attacks.

 

 

Q.6       How confident are you in the federal government’s ability to respond effectively to a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States.  Are you….(READ)

 

Current

 

5/02

74

Total Confident

61

30

Very confident

15

44

Somewhat confident

46

24

Total Not Confident

36

18

Not too confident, OR

22

6

Not confident at all?

14

2

(DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

3

 

NOTE:  Trend from a May 2002 poll, conducted in Washington, DC

 

 

Q.7       How confident are you in your LOCAL government’s ability to respond effectively to a large-scale terrorist attack in the Washington area.  Are you….(READ)

 

Current

 

5/02

67

Total Confident

52

22

Very confident

11

46

Somewhat confident

41

28

Total Not Confident

45

19

Not too confident, OR

30

10

Not confident at all?

15

4

(DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

3

 

NOTE:  Trend from a May 2002 poll, conducted in Washington, DC

 


Q.8       Do you happen to have stockpiled any items in your home to have on hand in case of a terrorist attack, or not?

 

Q.9       Are you SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING stockpiling any items in your home, or not?

 

Current

 

2/16/03

34

Yes, have stockpiled items

24

15

Are seriously considering stockpiling items

12

50

Not seriously considering stockpiling items

63

65

No, don’t have any

-

2

Don’t know/Refused

1

 

NOTE:  2/16/03 is a national comparison.

 

 

Q.10     Please tell me if you have had any of the following experiences in response to the heightened terrorism warnings.  (First,) have you…(INSERT—READ AND RANDOMIZE) (in response to the heightened terrorism warnings)?

 

 

Yes

a.   Felt anxious or tense

 

Current:

32

10/02:

53

b.   Felt distracted or had trouble concentrating

 

Current:

16

10/02:

30

c.   Felt sad or depressed

 

Current:

27

10/02:

56

d.   Felt angry

 

Current:

37

10/02:

75

e.   Felt a little panicky

 

Current:

23

 

NOTE:  Trend based on October 2002, Sniper Poll.

 

 


Q.11     Do you personally know anyone who is planning to leave town for the weekend because of concerns about a possible attack?

 

            PROGRAMMER: FOR SATURDAY/SUNDAY INTERVIEWING CHANGE Q.11 WORDING TO: Do you personally know anyone who has left town for the weekend because of concerns about a possible attack?

 

5

Yes, know someone

94

No, do not

1

Don’t know/Refused

 

 

Q.12     Please tell me if you or anyone living in your household has done any of the following because of the government’s recent warnings about terrorism.  (First,) what about… (INSERT—READ AND RANDOMIZE)?  (Have you or another household member done this because of the government’s recent warnings about terrorism?)

 

 

Yes

No

DK/Ref.

a.   Stocked up on water

36

64

*

b.   Stocked up on extra food

30

70

*

c.   Purchased extra batteries

25

74

*

d.   Purchased plastic sheeting or other material to seal off a room

10

89

1

e.   Discussed how you would communicate with family members in case you were separated

35

63

2

f.    Planned an escape route from the city

13

86

1

g.   Designated a ‘safe room’ in your house

25

75

*

 

 

Q.13a    Have you done anything else because of the government’s warnings that I haven’t already mentioned? 

 

10

Yes, have done something else

89

No, have not

1

Don’t know/Refused

 

 


Q.14a    Have you or has anyone in your immediate family talked about moving from the Washington area because of concerns about future terrorism?

 

Q.14b   Have you seriously considered moving, or just talked about it?

 

9

Yes, talked about moving

3

Seriously considered moving

6

Just talked about it

0

Don’t know/Refused

91

No, have not done

*

Don’t know/Refused

 

 

Q.15            Generally speaking, do you think people in the Washington area  are ….(READ AND ROTATE ANSWER CATEGORIES)?

 

26

Overreacting to the terrorist warnings (OR)

66

Taking necessary precautions (OR)

8

(DO NOT READ) Don’t know/Refused

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