FUTURE BRIEF POLL RESULTS:
The following questions were submitted by Future Brief readers. The poll itself, taken by a statistically-valid sample of more than 13,400 adult Americans, was conducted by Zogby International, an opinion research firm, on January 27-30, 2006.
QUESTION: Which are you more worried about - the threat of terrorists attacking the United States, or losing personal privacy in an effort to prevent a terrorist attack?
- The threat of terrorists attacking the US: 46.2%
- Losing personal privacy: 49.8%
- Not sure: 4.1%
*Due to rounding, percentages may add up to over 100%. Margin of error is +/- 0.9%
Political affiliation seems to play a significant role in determining the degree to which people worry about terror attacks versus loss of privacy. 81.4% of Democrats worry about the potential loss of privacy more than the threat of terrorist attack, while 87.2% of Republicans fear terrorist attacks over a loss of personal privacy.
Marital status also seems to affect the degree to which people worry about the threat of attack versus the loss of privacy. 51% of those who are married fear terror attacks more than the loss of privacy, compared to only 22.1% of those in civil unions.