59% Say Major Terrorist Attack At Least Somewhat Likely Over Next Year

Over the next year or so, 59% of voters say it is at least somewhat likely that there will be a major terrorist attack in the United States. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 22% consider it unlikely and 19% are not sure.

Those figures include 26% who consider an attack Very Likely and 4% who say Not at All Likely.

Seventy-percent (70%) of Republicans worry that such an attack might happen. So do 52% of Democrats and 51% of Independents.

Other recent polls found that 49% believe that, following the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, America’s enemies perceive our nation as weaker. Just 21% disagree.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 20-22, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 215 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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