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U.S. Attitudes toward Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Research Highlight


This project examined Americans’ beliefs and attitudes about terrorism and government efforts to counter terrorism based on responses to more than 5,500 questionnaires administered in four waves between September 2012 and July 2014. Because the Boston Marathon bombings occurred during the course of the project, researchers were able to assess possible changes in respondents’ attitudes following a major, well-publicized terrorist attack.

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Full Citation:

LaFree, Gary, Stanely Presser, Roger Tourangeau, and Amy Aamczyk. 2014. "U.S. Attitudes Towards Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Examining Results From A Four-Wave Survey." START. October. https://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_USAttitudes_Wave4_Draft2.pdf​