Poll: Most Americans trust US government to protect them against terror attack

A majority of those surveyed are confident the U.S. government will protect its citizens against future terror-related attacks, according to a new poll.

Seventy percent of Americans trust the U.S. government “a great deal” or “a fair amount” in its ability to stave off an act of terrorism, a new Gallup poll revealed. 

The new score is the first Gallup poll to measure Americans’ faith in the government’s ability to protect them from such attacks since President Trump took office. 

{mosads} The poll, conducted on June 7-11, comes shortly after two terror-related attacks took place in the United Kingdom in May and June. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 points.

Confidence in the U.S. government tends to fluctuate depending on domestic terror attacks, Gallup’s past polls indicate.

Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in 2001, trust remained high. But after the San Bernardino attack in 2015, trust in the government fell to a record low. It has slowly risen since then. 

Trump, who made combatting terrorism a key campaign issue, receives his highest approval scores for how he deals with terrorism. 

Less than half of Americans, 42 percent, say they are worried they will become victims of a terrorist attack. This percentage remains consistent with Gallup’s average at 41 percent, where it has mostly remained since the polling organization began measuring American sentiment on the question starting in 1995.   

However, 60 percent expect a terror attack is either “very” or “somewhat likely” to occur in the next several weeks, the new poll reveals. This sentiment tends to be greater following a recent terrorist attack, and lower when there is not a recent act of terror.  

Since 9/11, expectations about a future attack mostly averaged around 55 percent, according to past Gallup average percentages.


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