Poll finds anxiety in U.S. over terrorism

May 19, 2010 at 7:54 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- More than three-quarters of U.S. adults would strip those affiliated with foreign terrorist groups of their citizenship, a poll released Wednesday indicated.

Angus Reid Public Opinion said 58 percent of those surveyed strongly support legislation pending in Congress that would add terrorism convictions to treason and serving in a foreign army to the grounds for loss of citizenship and 77 percent support it. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., and Scott Brown, R-Mass.

The Canadian polling organization also found widespread anxiety about terrorism. Seventy-four percent said they expect a foreign attack on the country this year, while 58 percent predicted a homegrown one.

The percentage fearing a foreign attack is up 5 percent since the failed car-bombing in Times Square.

Just over one-third, 36 percent, trust the FBI to prevent attack, while 30 percent believe the Department of Homeland Security would do so. Slightly smaller percentages have faith in state and local police.

Angus Reid conducted the online survey of 1,016 adults from its Springboard America panel on May 1314. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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