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About 11 percent of 613 Americans surveyed in March by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) are more shaken now than they were last fall. About three-quarters reported no change in the extent to which the attacks have affected their personal sense of safety and security, while only 13 percent are less shaken by the terror attacks than when they were first surveyed.
The preliminary findings from this survey suggest that the psychological, social, and political effects of last falls events have been enduring, says U-M political scientist Michael Traugott, a senior research scientist at the ISR who directed the second wave of the How Americans Respond survey. Despite attempts by the government to assure Americans that homeland security is a priority, most Americans dont feel any safer today than they did right after the attacks.
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Respondents also were asked about a wide range of other personal safety and security concerns. About 42 percent of those surveyed had become more concerned than they were last fall that they themselves might suffer some physical harm, and about 80 percent were more concerned that other Americans might get hurt.
How Americans Respond is an ongoing collaborative, interdisciplinary research project at the Institute for Social Research, funded in part by the Russell Sage Foundation. Social scientists involved in the survey design and analysis include economists Richard Curtin, Thomas Juster, Robert Willis, David Weir and Matthew Shapiro; psychologists James Jackson, Robert Kahn and David Featherman; political scientists Michael Traugott, Donald Kinder, Mark Tessler and Theodore Brader, and survey methodologists Robert Groves, Beth-Ellen Pennell and Martha Hill.
37 percent reported heightened safety concerns while at a sporting event and 22 percent had become more concerned when going to a shopping mall
report spending more time with their families and about 18 percent are spending more time with their friends