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New US Study Reveals Heightened Fear of Terrorism

A new study shows that Americans are more worried about the possibility of terrorism than they are about being hospitalized or being the victim of a violent crime.

The U.S. government-funded study reveals that about 15 percent of those surveyed had thought about the possibility of terrorism during the previous week.

That compares to only 10 percent of responders who said they thought about the possibility of falling sick and an equal percentage who thought about violent crime.

In addition, almost a quarter of those who said they thought about terrorism in the past week said that it made them extremely worried.

The survey also shows that a large majority of Americans believe the government is doing an adequate job at stopping terrorism, with 87 percent of responders saying it has either been very effective or somewhat effective in preventing terror attacks.

The study was released Monday, the same day as the bombings at the Boston Marathon. However, all the survey research for the report was conducted last year.



The study was carried out by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a program based at the University of Maryland and supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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