American Pulse(TM): 8 in 10 Think Revenge Terrorist Attack Likely; Majority Confident in U.S. National Security

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

Most Support Added Security, "No-Ride" Lists for Public Transportation

WORTHINGTON, Ohio, May 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In response to Osama bin Laden's death, 82.3% of Adults 18+ think it is somewhat/very likely that al-Qaida will plan a revenge terrorist attack on the United States, according to the latest American Pulse™ Survey of 5,323 respondents. This could explain why confidence in the economy failed to improve from last month, despite bin Laden's demise.

Although lacking economic confidence, a majority of Adults 18+ (61.8%) said they are somewhat/very confident in U.S. national security efforts. 17.0% were not at all or not very confident and 21.3% were neutral.

Few Americans feel safer now that bin Laden is gone, which makes it no surprise that most Americans were in favor of heightened regulations and security measures across a range of public transportation methods. Similar to "no-fly" lists used at airports, a "no-ride" list would require passengers to purchase tickets ahead of time so names can be compared to terrorist watch lists. At least 6 in 10 Adults 18+ said they support "no-ride" lists for passenger trains, busses and subways:

In order to improve security against terrorist attacks on public transportation, would you support or oppose "no-ride" lists for the following? (Adults 18+)

                                                         Support            Oppose

Passenger rail systems                         73.4%               26.6%

Major bus systems                                70.7%               29.3%

Local bus systems                                62.7%               37.3%

Subway/metro systems                         71.5%               28.5%

Source: American Pulse™ May-11

For a complimentary report, including gender and age segments:

Most Americans (73.4%) would like train passengers to face more scrutiny before boarding, but fewer (62.7%) support this same level of inspection on their local busses.

Other key findings on Americans' reactions to bin Laden's death:

  • 81.3% said, because he was a wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden's death was just. 9.7% said he should have been arrested and tried while 9.0% weren't sure.