After lone wolf terrorists killed 14 people earlier this month at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, most Americans are uncertain that the U.S. can thwart such attacks, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The results come as the FBI has expanded its probe into the lives of the husband and wife shooters, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who embarked on the killing spree “without clear coordination with radical groups such as al-Qaeda,” the report says. The findings also come after ISIS claimed responsibility for terror attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead last month.
From the Post:
Americans express far less confidence in the country’s ability to thwart attacks by individuals than foreign terrorist groups. While 43 percent have at least a “good amount” of confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to stop a large scale organized attack by a foreign group, only 22 percent say the same about stopping “lone wolf” attacks in which individuals decide to act on their own. Seventy-seven percent express a “fair amount” or no confidence that government can stop such individuals, including one-third who lack any confidence at all.
In rare bipartisan agreement, nearly eight in 10 Republicans and over two-thirds of Democrats report a “fair amount” of confidence or less in the government’s ability to stop attacks by motivated individuals. When asked about larger-scale attacks, most Democrats say they are confident in federal prevention measures, while most Republicans are doubtful.
The Post-ABC poll was conducted Dec. 10-13 among a random national sample of 1,002 adults reached on conventional and cellular telephones. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Nearly half of adults surveyed say they are “very or somewhat worried about themselves or a family member becoming a victim of terrorism,” the report says.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty