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Voters Say U.S. Is Not Safer than Before 9/11 Attacks – Democrats and Wealthy Say It Is

Craig Bannister | August 25, 2021 | 2:55pm EDT
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More U.S. voters say the U.S. is losing the war on terror than believe it’s winning, and more say the country is no safer today than it was before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a new Rasmussen poll reveals.

A survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters, conducted Aug. 22-23, finds that 40% say that “the terrorists” are winning the war on terrorism, while 32% say the U.S. and its allies are winning. In 2019, however, 53% said the U.S. was winning.

Nineteen percent of those surveyed in the latest poll believe neither side is winning and nine percent are unsure.

Likewise, a majority (51%) say the U.S. is not “safer than it was before the 9/11 terrorist attacks” (up from 41% in 2019), while just 34% today say it is safer. Fourteen percent don’t know.

These pluralities are generally consistent across demographic categories – except when it comes to Democrats and high-income Americans.

Nearly half (47%) of Democrats say the U.S. is winning the war on terrorism, more than twice the 21% who think the terrorists are winning.

Likewise, 47% of Democrats consider the country safer than it was before 9/11, topping the 36% who say it isn’t.

Belief that the U.S. is now safer rises steadily with income, from 28% of those earning less than $30,000 annually to 54% of those making more than $200,000. Only those with incomes over $200,000 are more likely to believe the U.S. is safer, rather than not, and they do so by a two-to-one margin (54%-27%).

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