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New Jersey Institute of Technology

Technology Survey – Homeland Security

400 New York Metro Area Residents, Margin of Error ± 4.9%

August 11-14, 2002

Topline Report

Note: Percentages may not add to 100 because of rounding.

 


1.         Are you 18 years of age or older?

 

             100%            Yes

 

2.        Thinking about issues of security and safety. Would you say the Metropolitan New York area is much more secure and safe from terrorism now than before September 11th, somewhat more safe and secure, somewhat less safe and secure, much less safe and secure or would you say the level of safety and security from terrorism has not changed?

 

              19%            Much more safe and secure                          60%            Net more safe and secure

              41%            Somewhat more safe and secure

               6%            Somewhat less safe and secure                    10%            Net less safe and secure

               4%            Much less safe and secure

              23%            No change

               7%            Don't know/Refused

 

3.         What about you personally, would you say you feel much more safe and secure from terrorism now than before September 11th, somewhat more safe and secure, somewhat less safe and secure, much less safe and secure or would you say your feelings about your personal level of safety and security from terrorism has not changed?

 

              11%            Much more safe and secure                          42%            Net more safe and secure

              31%            Somewhat more safe and secure

              11%            Somewhat less safe and secure                    24%            Net less safe and secure

              13%            Much less safe and secure

              32%            No change

               3%            Don't know/Refused

 


 

4.         How likely would you say it is that another act of terrorism will occur within the Metro area within the next year?  Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely that another act of terrorism will occur within the United States within the next year?

 

              26%            Very likely                                        63%            Net likely

              37%            Somewhat likely

              17%            Somewhat unlikely                               28%            Net unlikely

              11%            Very unlikely

               9%            Don't know/Refused

 

5.             Thinking for a moment about bioterrorism. How likely would you say it is that a terrorist attack using biological weapons will occur within the Metro area within the next year?  Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely that a terrorist attack using biological weapons will occur within the Metro area within the next year?

 

              14%            Very likely                                        48%            Net likely

              34%            Somewhat likely

              20%            Somewhat unlikely                               39%            Net unlikely

              19%            Very unlikely

              12%            Don't know/Refused

 

For each of the following, please tell me how serious a concern it is to you personally, that is, if you believe it could personally affect you or not.  For each, please tell me if it is a very serious concern that it could happen to you, a somewhat serious concern, not that serious or not serious at all.

 

6A.      Having your privacy invaded by a government agency or department

 

              37%            Very serious concern                         61%            Net serious concern          

              24%            Somewhat serious concern

              16%            Not that serious a concern

              20%            Not serious at all

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

6B.       Anthrax

 

              30%            Very serious concern                         57%            Net serious concern

              27%            Somewhat serious concern

              19%            Not that serious a concern

              23%            Not serious at all

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

7A.             Chemical or biological weapons

 

              46%            Very serious concern                         76%            Net serious concern

              30%            Somewhat serious concern

              14%            Not that serious a concern

               9%            Not serious at all

               *            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

7B.       A 'dirty bomb' that spreads radioactive material

 

              33%            Very serious concern                         60%            Net serious concern

              27%            Somewhat serious concern

              19%            Not that serious a concern

              20%            Not serious at all

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

8A.      Planes being hijacked and crashed into nuclear power plants

 

              39%            Very serious concern                         67%            Net serious concern

              28%            Somewhat serious concern

              19%            Not that serious a concern

              11%            Not serious at all

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

8B.       Planes being hijacked and crashed into buildings

 

              37%            Very serious concern                         63%            Net serious concern

              26%            Somewhat serious concern

              15%            Not that serious a concern

              21%            Not serious at all

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

9A.      Nuclear weapons

 

              40%            Very serious concern                         73%            Net serious concern

              30%            Somewhat serious concern

              15%            Not that serious a concern

              15%            Not serious at all

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

9B.       Truck or car bombs

 

              27%            Very serious concern                         56%            Net serious concern

              29%            Somewhat serious concern

              17%            Not that serious a concern

              27%            Not serious at all

               *            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

10A.             Individual suicide bombings

 

              33%            Very serious concern                         68%            Net serious concern

              35%            Somewhat serious concern

              16%            Not that serious a concern

              14%            Not serious at all

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

10B.             Contamination of the water supply

 

              45%            Very serious concern                         71%            Net serious concern

              26%            Somewhat serious concern

              14%            Not that serious a concern

              12%            Not serious at all

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

11A.    Being falsely detained or arrested

 

              27%            Very serious concern                         51%            Net serious concern

              24%            Somewhat serious concern

              14%            Not that serious a concern

              35%            Not serious at all

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

11B.     Being profiled based on your ethnicity

 

              23%            Very serious concern                         43%            Net serious concern

              20%            Somewhat serious concern

              18%            Not that serious a concern

              35%            Not serious at all

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

12A.    Violent crime, such as assault

 

              38%            Very serious concern                         70%            Net serious concern

              32%            Somewhat serious concern

              15%            Not that serious a concern

              14%            Not serious at all

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

12B.     Non-violent crime, such as burglary or theft

 

              21%            Very serious concern                         63%            Net serious concern

              42%            Somewhat serious concern

              20%            Not that serious a concern

              17%            Not serious at all

               *            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

13A.             Smallpox

 

              27%            Very serious concern                         54%            Net serious concern

              27%            Somewhat serious concern

              19%            Not that serious a concern

              24%            Not serious at all

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

13B.     Being attacked by a shark

 

               5%            Very serious concern                         11%            Net serious concern

               8%            Somewhat serious concern

              20%            Not that serious a concern

              65%            Not serious at all

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

14A.    Being in an automobile accident

 

              28%            Very serious concern                         62%            Net serious concern

              34%            Somewhat serious concern

              17%            Not that serious a concern

              20%            Not serious at all

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

14B. Being struck by lighting

 

              11%            Very serious concern                         24%            Net serious concern

              13%            Somewhat serious concern

              20%            Not that serious a concern

              54%            Not serious at all

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

15.       Have you seen, read or heard anything about what your state government is doing to plan for and protect against terrorist attacks? IF YES, ASK:  What have you seen, read or heard? (DO NOT READ LIST)

 

               9%            Yes - Improving training of law enforcement officials

               8%            Yes - Developing preparedness plans for law enforcement

               5%            Yes - Building a new state police headquarters

               5%            Yes - Preparing emergency medical teams

               4%            Yes - Better labs to detect and analyze biological and chemical agents/threats

               3%            Yes - Better equipment in hospitals

              14%            Yes - Other (SPECIFY)

              46%            No

               7%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

16.       Who would you call if you suspected that a letter or package that was delivered to your house contained a biohazard, such as anthrax? (DO NOT READ LIST)

 

              78%            Police / Local police / 911

               8%            FBI

               5%            Post office

               3%            Family member / Friend

               2%            Fire department

               2%            State police

               *            Media

               -            Office / Department of Homeland Security

               1%            Other (SPECIFY)

               *            No one

               *            Don't know/Refused

 


 

16Z.     Which of the following would you say has the greatest responsibility for keeping us safe from terrorism? (READ LIST, ACCEPT ONLY ONE RESPONSE)

 

              58%            The government of the United States

              18%            The United States military

               5%            Your state government

               7%            Your local police department

               2%            Your local city or town government

               7%            Other (DO NOT READ) (SPECIFY)

               3%            Don't know/Refused

           

For each of the following, please tell me how prepared you think each is to cope with a terrorist attack that used nuclear, chemical or biological weapons?  Would you say … is/are very well prepared, somewhat well prepared, not very prepared, or not prepared at all to cope with a terrorist attack that used nuclear, chemical or biological weapons? 

 

17.       The government of the United States

 

              39%            Very well prepared                           79%            Net prepared

              40%            Somewhat well prepared

               8%            Not very prepared                           18%            Net not prepared

              10%            Not prepared at all

               4%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

18.       The United States military

 

              55%            Very well prepared                           87%            Net prepared

              32%            Somewhat well prepared

               6%            Not very prepared                             9%      Net not prepared

               3%            Not prepared at all

               4%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

19.       Your state government

 

              21%            Very well prepared                           62%            Net prepared

              41%            Somewhat well prepared

              19%            Not very prepared                           31%            Net not prepared

              12%            Not prepared at all

               7%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

20.       Your local police department

 

              19%            Very well prepared                           62%            Net prepared

              43%            Somewhat well prepared

              16%            Not very prepared                           30%            Net not prepared

              14%            Not prepared at all

               8%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

21.       Your local fire department

 

              26%            Very well prepared                           72%            Net prepared

              46%            Somewhat well prepared

              14%            Not very prepared                           22%            Net not prepared

               8%            Not prepared at all

               7%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

22.       Your local hospitals

 

              23%            Very well prepared                           68%            Net prepared

              45%            Somewhat well prepared

              14%            Not very prepared                           26%            Net not prepared

              12%            Not prepared at all

               6%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

23.       Local Emergency Medical Units

 

              25%            Very well prepared                           71%            Net prepared

              46%            Somewhat well prepared

              15%            Not very prepared                           24%            Net not prepared

               9%            Not prepared at all

               6%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

24.       The American people

 

               9%            Very well prepared                           40%            Net prepared

              31%            Somewhat well prepared

              26%            Not very prepared                           56%            Net not prepared

              30%            Not prepared at all

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


25.       You, personally

 

              16%            Very well prepared                           46%            Net prepared

              30%            Somewhat well prepared

              20%            Not very prepared                           51%            Net not prepared

              31%            Not prepared at all

               4%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

For each of the following, please tell me if you have a great deal of confidence, some confidence, little confidence or no confidence in them.  How much confidence do you have in…

 

26.       The ability of your state government to protect citizens from future terrorist attacks.

 

              12%            A great deal of confidence                    62%            Net great deal/some confidence

              50%            Some confidence

              24%            Little confidence                                37%            Net little/no confidence

              13%            No confidence

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

27.       The ability of your state government to use surveillance of telephone and internet communications to detect threats and stop terrorist attacks before they happen.

 

              16%            A great deal of confidence                    58%            Net great deal/some confidence

              42%            Some confidence

              22%            Little confidence                                39%            Net little/no confidence

              17%            No confidence

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

28.       The ability of different Metro area agencies to share information and communicate with each other.

 

              18%            A great deal of confidence                    61%            Net great deal/some confidence

              43%            Some confidence

              21%            Little confidence                                35%            Net little/no confidence

              14%            No confidence

               5%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

29.       The ability of the your state government to communicate information to the public about what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

 

              20%            A great deal of confidence                    64%            Net great deal/some confidence

              44%            Some confidence

              21%            Little confidence                                33%            Net little/no confidence

              12%            No confidence

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

30.       The ability of the security at Metro area airports to stop terrorists from entering the country.

 

              13%            A great deal of confidence                    52%            Net great deal/some confidence

              39%            Some confidence

              23%            Little confidence                                44%            Net little/no confidence

              21%            No confidence

               4%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

31.       The ability of the security at Metro area ports to stop terrorists from entering the country.

 

              12%            A great deal of confidence                    50%            Net great deal/some confidence

              38%            Some confidence

              26%            Little confidence                                46%            Net little/no confidence

              20%            No confidence

               5%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

32.       The ability of your state government to provide immunizations for smallpox or other biological agents in the event of a bioterrorist attack.

 

              18%            A great deal of confidence                    62%            Net great deal/some confidence

              44%            Some confidence

              21%            Little confidence                                35%            Net little/no confidence

              14%            No confidence

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

33.       That research money for homeland security will be spent on the best scientific research and development of new technology.

 

              16%            A great deal of confidence                    58%            Net great deal/some confidence

              42%            Some confidence

              22%            Little confidence                                36%            Net little/no confidence

              14%            No confidence

               6%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

34.       Have you canceled, postponed, or changed vacation plans because of concerns about a terrorist attack this summer?

 

              18%            Yes

              77%            No

               4%            Did not have vacation plans (DO NOT READ)

               1%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


Now I am going to read you some things that the state government might do to protect against or prepare for terrorist attacks.  After each I want you to tell me if you think it is an excellent idea, a good idea, only a fair idea or a poor idea. 

 

35.             Increase security at our ports of entry, making sure that every cargo container is inspected or accounted for, so cargo containers aren't used by terrorists to smuggle weapons into the Metro area.

 

              56%            Excellent idea                                      89%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              33%            Good idea

               6%            Only a fair idea                                      8%      Net Fair/Poor idea

               2%            A poor idea

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

36.       Install sensors and other devices in populated areas to detect radioactive bombs or biological weapons.

 

              41%            Excellent idea                                      78%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              37%            Good idea

               9%            Only a fair idea                                    18%            Net Fair/Poor idea

               9%            A poor idea

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

37.       Provide gas masks to all citizens.

 

              22%            Excellent idea                                      45%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              23%            Good idea

              20%            Only a fair idea                                    52%            Net Fair/Poor idea

              32%            A poor idea

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

38.       Provide training and information to all citizens about what to do in the case of a biological or chemical attack.

 

              54%            Excellent idea                                      84%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              30%            Good idea

              11%            Only a fair idea                                    14%            Net Fair/Poor idea

               3%            A poor idea

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

39.       Tighten the application process of getting official government i.d., such as driver's licenses.

 

              52%            Excellent idea                                      82%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              30%            Good idea

               9%            Only a fair idea                                    16%            Net Fair/Poor idea

               7%            A poor idea

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

40.             Improve international policing of dangerous chemicals and biological agents.

 

              49%            Excellent idea                                      87%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              38%            Good idea

               5%            Only a fair idea                                    10%            Net Fair/Poor idea

               5%            A poor idea

               3%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

41.             Increase funding for research and development of security technology.

 

              38%            Excellent idea                                      79%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              41%            Good idea

              12%            Only a fair idea                                    19%            Net Fair/Poor idea

               7%            A poor idea

               2%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

42.       Put research money into the hands of scientists and technology experts, and not politicians.

 

              38%            Excellent idea                                      78%            Net Excellent/Good idea

              40%            Good idea

              10%            Only a fair idea                                    17%            Net Fair/Poor idea

               7%            A poor idea

               5%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

43.       Which one of the following areas do you think should be the focus of new technology research and development? (ACCEPT ONLY ONE RESPONSE)

 

              26%            Protecting power plants, water and food supply, airports, roads and bridges

              16%            Securing the nation's borders

              12%            Preparation and training of police, fire and other emergency units

                8%            Development of emergency responses to biological or chemical weapons attack

              33%            All of the above (DO NOT READ)

               1%            Other (DO NOT READ)

               1%            None (VOL.) (DO NOT READ)

               4%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

44.       Have you heard of the Homeland Security Advisory System?

 

              45%            Yes

              54%            No

               1%            Don't know/Not sure/Refused

 

45.       As you may know, the Homeland Security Advisory System is a color-coded scale that is used by government officials to communicate the nature and degree of terrorist threats by assigning a color to the level of that threat.  What color or level of threat is the Homeland Security Advisory System currently set at? (DO NOT READ LIST)

 

              17%            Yellow = Elevated 

               4%            Green = Low

               4%            Blue = Guarded

               4%            Orange = High

               3%            Red = Severe

               1%            Other

              68%            Don't know/Refused

 

46.       Some people who live near nuclear power plants have been offered iodide pills for free, to take in the event of a nuclear incident, to counteract exposure to radiation and reduce their chances of developing certain cancers. Do you support or oppose issuing iodide pills, free of charge, to all state residents? (IF CHOICE, ASK:  Would you say you strongly or somewhat support/oppose issuing iodide pills to all state residents?)

 

              40%            Strongly support

              34%            Somewhat support

               6%            Somewhat oppose

               7%            Strongly oppose

              12%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 

47.       Some people concerned about a bioterrorist attack using smallpox have suggested that all Metro area residents be immunized against smallpox.  Do you support or oppose the immunization of all Metro area residents against smallpox? (IF CHOICE, ASK:  Would you say you strongly or somewhat support/oppose?)

 

              42%            Strongly support

              32%            Somewhat support

               8%            Somewhat oppose

               9%            Strongly oppose

               8%            Don't know/Refused (DO NOT READ)

 


 

DEMOGRAPHICS

 

I only have a few more questions for statistical purposes only....

 

48.       What is your age please? Please just stop me when I get to the correct range.

 

              11%            18-24

              18%            25-34

              25%            35-44

              14%            45-54

              14%            55-64

              17%            65+

               2%            Refused

 

49.       What is the last grade of formal education you have completed?  Again, just stop me when I get to the correct range.

 

               6%            Less than high school

              26%            High school graduate

              20%            Some college/vocational school

              37%            College graduate

              10%            Post graduate

               1%            Refused

 

A.  Gender

 

              48%            Male

              52%            Female

 

B. State

 

              33%            New Jersey  (NJ)

              62%            New York    (NY)

               5%            Connecticut (CT)