Poll Finds American Terror Concerns At 13-Year High


Public concern over terror is at a 13-year high in the U.S., according to a new poll taken in the days immediately after 49 Americans were murdered in the June 12 terror attack on an Orlando gay nightclub.

The CNN/ORC poll released this week reports that 71 percent of adults say that more terror attacks are likely to occur as soon as the next few weeks. That is the highest level of fear seen since the question was asked in 2003.

The poll also found that 24 percent felt that another attack is “very likely,” the highest result since 2001.

Americans are also more afraid of so-called “lone wolf” attackers than in organized attacks by foreign terror groups. 68 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of Democrats said “lone wolf” terrorists represent more danger to the country.

By contrast, only 23 percent said organized terror networks are as much of a danger to the country.

President Obama’s approval rating for handling terror was very negative, with only 42 percent saying they approve of the way he has handled terror in general. Only 38 percent approve of how he’s handled ISIS. Correspondingly, 60 percent disapprove of how he is handling ISIS and 56 percent disapprove of how he is handling terrorism overall.

The poll was taken via telephone of 1,001 adults between June 16-19 and has a margin of error of 3 points.

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