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Poll Suggests Most Americans Aren’t Really Worried About Terrorist Attack

There’s been a great deal of fussing and fretting about terrorists by American politicians and journalists and recent months, even though terrorism in the United States is exceptionally rare. Candidates and corporate media have named terrorism to be the number one issue in the 2016 presidential election, even though for every American that dies as the result of a terrorist attack, more than 3,700 Americans die of the flu.

A new CNN/ORC poll indicates that the majority of Americans aren’t fooled by the obsessive insistence by politicians and corporate news sources that terrorism threatens us all. When the pollsters asked, “How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism – very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?” 55 percent of respondents said that no, they aren’t very worried about that.

It’s worrisome that 45% of Americans have the irrational belief that someone they know will become the victim of a terrorist attack. This delusion could warp our nation’s democracy, if the passion of paranoia motivates voters to turn out to vote in high numbers.

There is no reason for the fear of terrorism to become a major issue in the presidential election of 2016. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t require a reason for fear to drive their actions.

8 thoughts on “Poll Suggests Most Americans Aren’t Really Worried About Terrorist Attack”

  1. Charles Manning says:

    I’ve long agreed with your argument that the threat of terrorism in reality is far less than the threat of, say, the flu. But I’m reluctant to dismiss as irrational the preoccupation people have with incidents like the San Bernardino shooting. I think we should recognize that people’s attention is naturally drawn to threats like that shooting, small as those threats may be. Examples are legion of tragedies that grip the national psyche even though clearly only a very small number of people are directly affected. The media are cognizant of this, and so they devote a great deal of their coverage to such incidents because they make money that way. There are about 88 gun deaths every day in the U.S. If the media reported on each one with the emphasis applied to San Bernardino, there would be no time for anything else — and they would lose money.

    Perhaps we should accept that human nature accounts for the intense interest in terrorism and other sensational crimes, but not characterize that interest as irrational. What’s irrational is the expenditure of resources to fight terrorism that could be better spent preventing the flu or isolated daily shootings that cause far more damage than the San Bernardino shooting. I suspect that you won’t stop being interested in occurrence like San Bernardino even as you properly decry attempts to “warp our nation’s democracy” by diverting resources from more serious, but less sensational, problems.

  2. Leroy says:

    Do you know what these rates are for Canada?

    If possible, specifically for British Columbia?

    Are Canadian residents more or less likely to be targeted by Muslim attacks?

  3. ella says:

    But then again what has the government been doing to train the American people to respond to terrorism with abject fear for the past 20 years or so. Including the current President, oops until the year of elections. And now that a non-establishment candidate appears – woo – there is no terrorism suddenly! Amazing. But then the latest head hunters – Hillary and Obama – are the most revered and admired people in the world according to Gallup today. Nope, not the Pope, not the Queen of England, not the girl who took bullets to gain freedom for her people. The Tide has not Turned, it has become a tsunami over running the silent majority.

  4. ella says:

    Sorry forgot the link to prove that Gallup has recorded that Clinton and Obama are the most admired people in the world.

  5. ella says:

    As much as has been made of the Hitler remarks concerning Donald Trump, there has been a few who grumble that Obama and the Democratic leaders should be more carefully watched. Deception is a sneaky trick – a slight of hand that leaves the watcher clueless to what is going on. “Say it loud and long enough…”

    When has a sitting, or not, President of the United States ever gone into other nations to campaign against an opponent? This year the President of the United States announced that he is going to other nations to campaign against Donald Trump and Republicans in the United States. Curious isn’t it? He has campaigned against Republicans his entire time in office. It is the ideology of Capitalism that Obama has strenuously worked to defeat in his entire political career. He did not agree with the type of governing body that was established in the United States. Now he is going in open rebellion against the once established American way of life and attempting to establish enemies for a candidate internationally, a Republican candidate. Since Donald Trump has made inroads into the block that has been established in the Untied States, he is actually attempting to establish a situation that would create unrest globally should a Republican President be elected. Even before a Republican President is elected.[ ]

    It has been established, that in the United States, no one form of government would be allowed to take control permanently. We did not want a Dictatorship or Monarchy, and fought a revolution to protect the Rights and Interests of the population of this nation from just this Tyrany by government.

    Has the population of the Untied States become so fearful of repercussions that we are afraid to call it for what it is and to stop it?

  6. Quinton Underwood says:

    Mr. J. Clifford, You are exactly right. Most people are not worried about ISIS because they have been lulled into a naïve syndrome that tells them it will never happen. Me, I am not worried, I know it will happen, but I am making it a point not to frequent places of interest to the ISIS to hit. This is just the attitude that the ISIS wants us to have, they know that we are just sitting ducks and our government is not doing or even wanting to do anything about it.

    “I make a living by what I do, I make a life by I give”.

  7. Charles Manning says:

    Quinton Underwood, you say J Clifford is exactly right, but then seem to mischaracterize what he said. The essence of his argument is, “Candidates and corporate media have named terrorism to be the number one issue in the 2016 presidential election, even though for every American that dies as the result of a terrorist attack, more than 3,700 Americans die of the flu.” I take this to mean that the lack of concern on the part of some Americans results from realization that terrorism isn’t the threat candidates and corporate media claim it is. I don’t think J Clifford believes the lack of concern is a result of being “lulled into a naive syndrome that tells them it [a terrorist attack in the U.S.?] will never happen.”

    However, I think you raise an interesting issue when you mention the attitude ISIS wants us to have. If you’re saying ISIS wants the U.S. government and population to have the attitude that we don’t need to do more than we’re already doing, or that we’re just sitting ducks, I have to disagree. ISIS believers think they’re at the leading edge of the prophesied end of days war that will inevitably result in paradise on earth as a result of world governance in a caliphate led by some divine Islamic figure, and that ISIS followers who die in this conflict are immediately transported to the existing paradise — I’m not sure where they think that is. Consequently, I believe ISIS wants us to have the attitude that terrorist attacks are a warning that this end of days war is underway and that we must accept the inevitability of the international caliphate no matter how many ISIS followers die in the war. My argument against this is that the end of days scenario is totally preposterous. I think our attitude ought to be that anyone accepting that preposterous idea should be dissuaded by reason, and that anyone who kills or injures others because of devotion to that outlandish cause should be treated as a criminal, and that (as Pope Francis said) the arms merchants around the world have a moral obligation to stop supplying ISIS with weapons. We should view ISIS as a criminal enterprise, probably as dangerous as the drug cartels.

    What do you think?

  8. Quinton Underwood says:

    Mr. Charles Manning, Yes, I did say J Clifford was right, but I did not mean to mischaracterize anything he said, and it should or could be said that the politicians are using the terrorist threat to garner votes, and the corporate media is using the terrorist threat to get more news coverage and that converts to more money in their coffers. To equate the deaths from terrorist with the flu is entirely wrong. Death from the terrorist is death from someone/or those that take issue with your way of life, and this fight has been going on for over 5000 years. Death from flu is to a large degree from the results of a person not taking care of him/herself and that has no military or terrorist connection.

    I have to disagree with you in regards to ISIS being concerned about our readiness. If we were absolutely ready, and ISIS knows that we are not ready, ISIS would not even think about raising a hand against us. I will give you a case in point, At the end of the second world war and the different agreements were being signed, one of our officers said “I am glad the war is over and we have won”, a Japanese officer said No! No!, you have only won the battle, the war will be in technology where we will bury you. Now where is our electronics, software, etc., etc. coming from? Out of this country. One of our other officers said to one of the Japanese officers, “after you hit us at Pearl Harbor and had us in a weakened position why did you not just march in and take over America?? The officer said, what? do you think we are stupid? we are going into a land where there is a gun behind every door. We are not stupid. The ISIS knows it is different now, they have no resistance now. It matters not what you think about the drive of the ISIS to the end days, but you are leaning in the right, but shady direction. The ISIS is based entirely on a man made religion.

    “I make a living by what I get, I make a life by what I give.”

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