Reason-Rupe Poll: Do Americans Feel Safer After 9/11, TSA, and Foreign Wars?


As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks arrives, do Americans feel safer after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq?

According to the new Reason-Rupe poll of 1,200 U.S. adults, "62 percent say we have less personal freedom today" but "81 percent have faith that the security measures implemented" has made America safer from terrorist attacks. Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward talks with Emily Ekins, Reason's polling director, to find out what post-9/11 America thinks about today's national security, personal freedoms, and the Iraq War.

This Reason-Rupe poll surveyed a random, national sample of 1,200 adults by telephone (790 on landlines, 410 on cell phones) over August 9-18, 2011. The overall results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The full Reason-Rupe survey is online here and ongoing analysis is online here.

This Reason Foundation project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.

Shot by Anthony Fisher and Joshua Swain; edited by Swain. About 4 minutes.

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