Americans more fearful of a major terror attack in the U.S., poll finds


U.S. Capitol Police officers keep watch over the East Front of the Capitol as Congress prepares to return to work following the weekend terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.© AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite U.S. Capitol Police officers keep watch over the East Front of the Capitol as Congress prepares to return to work following the weekend terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people, in Washington, Monday, Nov…

 

Scott Clement and Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post | MSN News | November 20, 2015

Fear among Americans about terrorist attacks on U.S. soil have risen sharply a week after a major assault in Paris killed 130, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll which finds a majority believing that the country at war with “radical Islam .”

Fully 83 percent of registered voters say they believe a terrorist attack in the United States resulting in large casualties is likely in the near future, rising from 73 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month asking the same question. Forty percent believe a major attack in the United States is “very likely,” up eight points since last week’s attacks to match record-level of concern recorded after the 2005 subway bombings in Great Britain.

The Post-ABC poll finds a majority of Americans want the United States to join a military response to the Paris attacks, including increasing airstrikes and sending ground troops to fight the Islamic State, which took responsibility for last week’s mayhem.

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