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New Poll Shows Concern about Protection against Terrorism

New numbers out from the Pew Research Center show that the American public is very concerned about the ability of the government to protect them from terrorist attacks. In the wake of the attempted attack on December 25 a few weeks ago, the public appears less concerned with restrictions on their civil liberties.

The study finds that finds that fully 58% of adults surveyed say that their greater concern about anti-terrorism policy is that the government has not gone far enough to protect the country; 27% say their greater concern is that the government has gone too far in restricting civil liberties. That represents a dramatic shift from just two months ago: In November, roughly equal percentages expressed concern about national security (40%) and civil liberties (36%).

These concerns have not affected President Obama’s standing as he gets high approval ratings on his handling of terrorism issues. At 49 percent, his job approval rating remained steady – it is the same as it was before the attempted attack.

See NPR for more.


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