Findings of Associated Press poll on attitudes of Americans since Sept. 11

Some details from the Associated Press poll on how different groups feel about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The poll of 1,001 adults was taken Aug. 2-6 by ICR/International Communications Research of Media, Pa. and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

-The poll found that Republicans and women were more likely to say America has changed for the better as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks. Overall, 50 percent said America has changed for the better and 15 percent said changed for the worse.

-Given a list of several options, three in 10 said flying on a commercial airliner worries them the most, followed by attending a public event with a big crowd, terrorist attacks close to home and then visiting New York and Washington or other big cities. Women were twice as likely as men to mention terrorist attacks close to home.

-Almost two-thirds said another terrorist attack is likely within the next several months, including 23 percent who said very likely. The number who said it was very likely has moved up and down over the last year, and was down from 30 percent in July and 53 percent last October.

-Almost two thirds were concerned that new measures to fight terrorism could end up restricting individual freedoms, with about a third of the total saying they were very concerned.

One in five Republicans were very concerned compared with one in three Democrats and independents. Four in 10 of those who made less than $25,000 a year were very concerned and the concern dropped off steadily as incomes rose higher. The same pattern occurred with education levels, those with the least education were the most concerned about individual freedoms.

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