Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Yorkers Don't Fear Terrorists! Won't Change Lifestyles Over Fears of Another Attack: Poll by Corky Siemaszko - NY Daily News

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Take that, terrorists!

Nearly nine out of 10 New Yorkers said they're "going about life as usual" despite the recent attempt to bomb Times Square, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

Seventy percent are worried about the possibility of another terror attack, and they're split on whether the city is ready to deal with one.

But New Yorkers aren't quaking in fear or hiding out in their apartments, said Maurice Carroll, who heads the university's Polling Institute.

"Are New Yorkers naive, saying it won't hit me, or are they just being New Yorkers?" said Carroll. "Whatever, we won't let concerns about terrorism change how we live our lives."

Even more remarkable, the rate of people refusing to bend their lives to terror was highest in Manhattan, the site of the 9/11 terror attacks.

It was lowest in The Bronx, where a still hefty 76% insisted they were living "life as usual."

Also, New Yorkers appear very satisfied with how their leaders are dealing with the terror threat.

"Mayor Bloomberg, President Obama, and, most of all, the cops - we think they're doing a good job fighting terrorism," Carroll said.

A majority of New Yorkers also believe anti-terrorism measures that violate civil rights are a victory for the terrorists.

"The city's true-blue liberalism extends to dealing with terrorists," Carroll reported. "By better than 2-1, New Yorkers think it's more important to protect civil liberties than to take all possible steps against terrorism. Only Republicans feel the other way."

The survey of 797 registered New York City voters was done two weeks after Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad was busted for trying to detonate a car bomb at the Crossroads of the World.