Taking stock 20 years after the 9/11 attacks, the latest Monmouth University Poll finds that 38% of New Jersey voters believe the United States is safer from terrorism now than it was before the horrific events of that day, while 28% believe it is less safe. And far more Garden State voters (67%) see domestic terror groups as a bigger threat to the country than foreign terror groups (16%); majorities of Democrats (80%), independents (66%), and Republicans (51%) see domestic terrorism as a relatively greater threat. “We don’t have trend numbers on this particular question, but it is likely that events of the last few years, including the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January, have focused terrorism concerns on threats emerging from within our borders,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Regarding the relative safety of New York City two decades after the attacks, the poll finds 37% of respondents believe the city is safer from terrorism now than before 9/11 and 27% believe it to be less safe.
One in five of those polled (18%) still think regularly about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, while 27% say they rarely or never think about that day. Another 56% say they think about it from time to time. “The memory may be fading, but not entirely. The 9/11 attacks left an indelible imprint on the Garden State that will never entirely disappear,” said Murray.
The poll was conducted just before the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and, according to a press release from the institute, “it is not clear whether this development has a significant impact on public opinion about these questions.”