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Poll: Americans still fear terror attack

September 9, 2004

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— Memories of the 9-11 terrorist attacks are burned deeply into the nation's consciousness, and Americans today are as fearful of becoming a victim of terrorism as they are of losing their job or having their home burglarized.

In a measure of the trauma of that day, an Associated Press poll found that 98 percent remember exactly what they were doing three years ago when hijackers flew jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Those memories can resurface with the most routine cues, a plane flying overhead, a siren or news about the war in Iraq.

"I hardly go to Manhattan anymore," said Andre Garcia, a 20-year-old student from the Bronx borough of New York City. "I don't call it a fear. I call it 'me being safe,' I don't want to be over there when it happens."

For most, the dominant feeling about that day was deep anger that anyone would commit such an act against this country, the poll conducted for the AP by Ipsos-Public Affairs found. Republicans and Democrats were equally likely to say they felt that way.

About four in 10 Americans say they worry about becoming a victim of terrorism. That's about the same level of concern people have about getting burglarized or losing their job.

Women were more likely than men to worry about being victimized by terrorists, but they were also more likely to worry about other things such as a burglary or having a car accident.

When people are asked whom they blame for the terrorist attacks, most name the terrorists, but seven in 10 said they blamed the CIA and almost that many faulted the FBI and airline security.

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