Gallup: Nearly Half of Americans Expect Terror Attack Here in 2006

By: E&P Staff

Nearly half (45%) of all American adults expect the U.S. will suffer a terrorist attack in 2006, a new Gallup Poll reports.

In another finding, just 27% of the same sample believe that Osama Bin Laden will be captured this year, although Republicans (45%) are far more hopeful than Democrats (15%).

Expectations of a new terror attack show little difference between Republicans (37%) and Democrats (36%) but shoots up among Independents (62%).

The percentage of those who worry that they, or someone in their family, will become a victim of terrorism has declined somewhat, with 11% very worried and 30% somewhat worried vs. 14% and 33% in the same categories last July.

Worry is partly “related to gender,” Gallup reports today, with 49% of women but only 34% of men saying they are worried.

Results are based on interviews with 1,000 adults, conducted Dec. 18-18, 2005.

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