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U.S. Attitudes toward Terrorism and Counterterrorism

In this report, we use data from a national online survey to document baseline trends in U.S. attitudes and beliefs about terrorism and counterterrorism findings that will support the mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its development of policies and programs focused on countering violent extremism. Improved understanding of public attitudes can inform programs and tools related to managing public risk perception, increasing effectiveness of pre-and post- event communication by Federal, state, and local officials, and building and supporting more resilient social networks within and across communities.

Publication Information

Full Citation:

LaFree, Gary, Stanley Presser, Roger Tourangaeu, and Amy Adamczyk. 2013. "US Attitudes Towards Terrorism and Counterterrorism." College Park, MD: START (March).