What's Your Take on Terror Warnings?


It's hard to ignore the recent predictions of new terrorist attacks against Americans, especially since the latest warnings of suicide bombings and even nuclear and biological threats are coming from people in Washington whose job is to head off such events.

What's your reaction to the very general, but also very alarming, warnings that the Bush Administration has issued on several occasions since September 11? That's the subject of this Reader Survey, which, as always, isn't scientific, since anyone who chooses to can participate.

Have the warnings that terrorist attacks will almost certainly recur prompted you to take steps to better protect yourself?

Yes

No

If you've taken such steps, have you mainly done so:

At home

During business travel (including commuting)

In other ways

I haven't changed my routine

Do you regard Washington's recent warnings as intended mainly to:

Keep the public informed and alert

Interrupt terrorist activities

Relieve the Administration of blame in the event of another attack

All of the above

Other

Not sure

Would you know how to protect yourself and those around you if you saw a terrorist act unfold?

Yes

No

Don't know

Based on the experience of the past nine months, would you prefer that the Administration:

Quickly and fully inform the public of any threat, no matter how vague

Only inform the public of specific threats

Choose a middle course, but err on the side of caution

Not sure

How sure are you that Washington can uncover and prevent future terrorist acts in America?

Very sure

Somewhat sure

Somewhat unsure

Not sure at all

No opinion


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