July 28, 2005

Americans say big terrorist attack is likely: poll

By John Parry

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eighty-five percent of American voters
believe a terrorist attack causing many deaths is likely to
occur soon somewhere in the United States, a poll released on
Thursday said.

The Quinnipiac University poll of 920 registered U.S.
voters across the country asked how likely people felt "that in
the near future there will be a terrorist attack in the United
States causing large numbers of lives to be lost?"

Of those polled, 40 percent said such a scenario was "very
likely" while 45 percent said it was "somewhat likely."

The poll also showed that 64 percent of Americans wanted
Washington to distribute federal security funds based on risk
of attack rather than population, as it does now.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other New York officials have
long complained that Washington has not given New York enough
cash to help the city protect itself from another attack.

New York has been on high alert since the Sept. 11, 2001,
hijacked plane attacks which felled the World Trade Center twin
towers and killed nearly 3,000 people.

The current federal security funding formula means rural
areas with few obvious targets often receive far more cash per
capita than high-risk areas such as New York. Wyoming receives
seven times as much money per capita as New York.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from July 21 to 25 and
has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

Only 7 percent of those surveyed said they have changed
their daily routine following London bombings in London this
month that killed more than 50 people. Eighteen percent said
they were less likely to ride mass transit, while 63 percent
said they were still as likely to use mass transit.