A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism

U.S. Attitudes toward Terrorism and Counterterrorism

U.S. Attitudes toward Terrorism and Counterterrorism


This project collects survey data to understand public perspectives on the threat of terrorism and the government’s role and effectiveness in responding to it. A sample of 1,576 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older completed the first online survey in Fall 2012. A second survey was conducted in 2013; 2 more surveys are scheduled for 2014.

Publication Information

Full Citation: 

LaFree, Gary, and Stanley Presser, Roger Tourangeau, Amy Adamcyzk. 2012. "U.S. Attitudes Toward Terrorism and Counterterrorism."