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Few Americans worried by recent attacks

Americans are taking the latest overseas terrorist attacks in stride. There is no apparent increase in concern about danger in the USA and little tendency to blame the Bush administration for the resurgence of al-Qaeda, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll. However, bombings last week in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, suspected of being linked to the al-Qaeda network, were followed by a drop in public confidence — from 65% to 54% — that the United States and its allies are winning the war on terrorism. The poll taken Monday-Wednesday showed a small slip in President Bush’s job approval from 69% two weeks ago to 66%. That is still above the level in early March, before the Iraq war, when Bush was at 57% approval, his lowest rating since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. Twelve percent of those polled say a terrorist attack on the United States is very likely in the next several weeks. Even though the national alert level was raised this week to orange, the second-highest, that number is a drop from March, when the fighting in Iraq was at its heaviest. Then, 21% said an attack here was very likely. Full Story

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