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Survey: Many Unworried About Attacks

April 26, 2002

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HOUSTON (AP) _ One in five New Yorkers worries a great deal about a future terrorist attack on their city, compared with about one in seven people living in Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston, a survey released Friday found.

The survey was described as the first comprehensive look at urban attitudes about terrorism and security in post-Sept. 11 America. It was done by the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston.

Richard Murray, director of the center, concluded that most Americans consider the attacks ``a stumbling block, but not something that has really changed the way they live their lives.″

Twenty-two percent of New Yorkers surveyed said they worry a great deal about another attack there. Fourteen 14 percent in Chicago and 13 percent in Los Angeles and Houston worry a lot about the possibility of an attack on their cities.

Outside the nation’s four largest cities, only 5 percent of respondents are fretting about terror in their areas.

The survey found 45 percent of New Yorkers worry very little about future attacks or not at all, compared with more than 50 percent in the three other big cities.

About 400 people in each of the cities were surveyed by telephone between March 31 and April 16. The margin of error was plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

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