Although a majority of Americans remain satisfied with the nation’s security from terrorism, this measure has dropped 10 percentage points since last year, from 69 percent to 59 percent, and is now back where it was in 2008.
The latest update on Americans’ satisfaction with terrorism and other aspects of American life comes from Gallup’s Jan. 5-8 Mood of the Nation poll. The interviewing dates for this poll overlapped the Jan. 7 terrorist attack on the headquarters of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Although that attack was not against Americans, it received widespread US media attention, likely making the terrorism issue more salient in Americans’ minds.
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