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Poll: 42 percent of Americans say they are less safe from terrorism than before 9/11

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It’s been almost 15 years since about 3,000 people were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on record. And in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. government has undertaken a variety of measures designed to prevent further terrorist attacks.

The “war on terror” saw Americans launch two full-fledged ground wars and engage in many other military acts designed to wipe out al-Qaida and other terror networks. Meanwhile, U.S. homeland security was reorganized at great effort and enormous expense – American taxpayers have contributed perhaps as much as $1 trillion to these domestic efforts alone.

But do Americans feel any safer? New polling data from the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs gives us a resoundingly clear answer.

No, Americans do not feel safer. And they seem to have little hope that that will change anytime soon.

The Chicago Council found that 42 percent of Americans feel that their country is less safe than it was before Sept. 11, 2001 – compared with 27 percent in a 2014 survey. And almost nine out of 10, 89 percent, argued that terrorism was at least somewhat likely to be a part of life in the future. While this was the first time that the Chicago Council had asked this question, a lower percentage – 75 percent – said the same in a 2013 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. – READ MORE

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