Majority of Americans think U.S. is losing ‘war on terror’

September 12, 2007

Six years after the worst terror attacks on U.S. soil, three in 10 Americans believe the United States and its allies are winning the global war on terror -- one of the main justifications cited by the Bush administration for the war in Iraq.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted Friday to Sunday, about half of the 1,017 adult Americans questioned said they believe neither side is winning the war on terror, while 19 percent said the terrorists have the upper hand. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
A separate poll conducted August 6 to 8 found that 61 percent of the 1,029 adult Americans questioned said they were not satisfied with the way things were going in the war on terror, and 38 percent felt safer from terrorism than before the 9/11 attacks.
Thirty-two percent of the respondents said they felt less safe than before the attacks, and 29 percent felt as safe now as then. The poll also had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed September 11, 2001, when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center's twin towers, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks shocked a country that had largely felt insulated against terrorism, at least on its home turf.
Six years later, 57 percent of those questioned in the September poll believed terrorists would find a way to launch attacks no matter what the U.S. government did. Forty percent said they wouldn't.
Nearly two-thirds of those questioned said the United States would never return to normal, while 30 percent said eventually, things would go back to the way they were.
Across the country Tuesday, various cities held ceremonies or moments of silence to mark what President Bush has called the day that changed America forever.
The president and first lady Laura Bush as well as Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, participated in a moment of silence on the White House South Lawn at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center's north tower.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, FBI Director Robert Mueller, members of the House of Representatives and Senate, and other dignitaries also took part. Most wore black or other dark colors under a sky of cloudy gray.
Source: CN