FUTURE BRIEF POLL RESULTS:
The following questions were submitted by Future Brief readers. The poll itself, given to a group of more than 13,400 likely voters, was conducted by Zogby International, an opinion research firm, on January 27-30, 2006. Learn more about the polling and how you can submit questions.
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%
Income seems to exert some causal pull on the degree to which people worry about the possibility of terrorist attacks versus a loss of privacy. 60.2% of those making under $15,000 a year worry more about the loss of privacy than a potential terrorist attack, compared to only 49.7% of those making more than $75,000 a year.
One of the most striking results is the degree to which frequency of shopping at Walmart affected responses. 71.8% of those who shop at Walmart weekly fear a terrorist attack more than losing personal privacy, compared to only 19.3% of those who never shop at Walmart.