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The Lid: Parties Divided on Terror Threat

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Between Wednesday’s Commander-in-Chief forum and this weekend’s anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the politics of terror has been very much at the forefront this week. And here’s something that struck us: A new poll from the Pew Research Center showed that there are gaping partisan disparities when it comes to voters’ concerns about another catastrophic terror attack on home soil. The poll released this week showed a high-water mark in the public’s belief that terror groups are more able now to launch a terror attack inside the U.S. than they were at the time of the 9/11 attacks, with 40 percent of all Americans holding that view. But the spike is due almost entirely to one group: Republicans. While the belief that terrorists are equipped to replicate the 9/11 attacks has remained fairly stable for the last three years among Democrats (now 31 percent) and independents (34 percent), it has jumped 18 points among Republicans in three years to reach a high of 58 percent.

Of course, partisan differences on this question aren’t new; in fact, during George W. Bush’s presidency, Democrats expressed more worry than Republicans about terrorists’ capabilities to strike within the U.S. But still, this big divide between the GOP and other voters is worth keeping in mind the next time you wonder why the rhetoric about terrorism from the two parties sounds so drastically different.

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TOMORROW’S SKED

Mike Pence will attend the Value Voters summit in D.C. on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton will attend the 9/11 ceremony in New York City on Sunday.