Fear of Another Terror Attack Lowest Since 9/11: Poll

Friday, Aug 12, 2011  |  Updated 7:38 AM EDT
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A new poll released a month before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks finds worry about another terrorist assault in New York City is at its lowest point since the 2001 annihilation of the World Trade Center.

The NY1-Marist Poll released Thursday found 49 percent of the New York City residents polled were concerned there might be another attack, 32 percent were "worried" and 17 percent were "very worried."

"Although many New Yorkers remain on guard concerning another terrorist attack, others think the threat has passed," said Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "There has also been significant healing in the city. A majority of New Yorkers say their lives have returned to normal."

In September 2004, 24 percent reported their lives had returned to normal and 59 percent said they'd never be the same.

The latest poll found 53 percent felt their lives had returned to normal since the attacks, while 36 percent said their lives would never be the same.

Looking at what residents think of New York City itself, 47 percent in the latest poll said the city has not fully recovered since the Sept. 11 attacks, while 28 percent believe it is just as good as it was before the attacks and 26 percent report the city is even better.

The telephone poll questioned 808 adults from July 20 to July 27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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