Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone and online July 29 to Aug 29, 2011, among a random sample of 1,010 adult residents of the Washington metro area. The poll was conducted by randomly sampling addresses tracked by the U.S. Postal Service and contacting respondents via mail and/or telephone to complete the survey. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) of Media, Pa. Washington area defined as the District of Columbia, Charles, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in the state of Maryland and Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Loudoun, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County in the commonwealth of Virginia.

*= less than 0.5 percent

Question 1 held for release.

2. How often do you think about what happened on September 11, 2001 – the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington – do you think about it a lot, or not all that much? (IF THINK ABOUT IT) Do you think about it pretty much every day, or less often than that?

          ------ Think about it ------   Don't think     No
          NET   Every day   Less often    about it     opinion
8/29/11   39        7         32              61          1

Compare to: National

          ------ Think about it ------   Don't think     No
          NET   Every day   Less often    about it     opinion
9/1/11    61        16          45            39          1
9/2/10    64        14          50            36          *
9/7/06    71        23          48            29          *
9/7/03    77        34          42            23          *
9/8/02    75        40          35            25          *

3. How about your own personal life – have the terrorist attacks of September 11th changed your own personal life in a lasting way, or not? (IF YES) Have they mainly changed the way you (live your day-to-day life), or mainly changed the way you (feel about things)?

             ------ Changed life ------
             NET   Live   Feel   DK/REF   No   No opinion
8/29/11      47     14     32       *     53       0

Compare to: National

             ------ Changed life ------
             NET   Live   Feel   DK/REF   No   No opinion
9/6/02       59     18     40       2     40        1
12/19/01     55     14     40       1     45        *

4. In the past few years, have you ever avoided attending an event at a public place or an event with a large crowd, because of concerns about a terrorist attack?

          Yes   No   No opinion
8/29/11   17    83       *
7/1/04*   23    77       *
*”Since September 11, have you…”

Questions 5 through 31 held for release.

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