Survey: U.S. Unprepared for ‘Dirty Bomb’ Attack
The national survey of public sentiment finds a majority of likely voters would not know what to do in the event of a “dirty bomb” attack and have not taken steps to make themselves more prepared.
“Seven years after 9/11 proved that America was vulnerable, the American people know the danger of a dirty bomb, but they don’t know what to do about it,” said R-TAC chairman James P. Pinkerton. “The sense of urgency that sparked R-TAC will help deploy much-needed support to federal, state, and local responders to address the threat of a dirty bomb. This is the best way to honor their efforts and protect America.”
AMONG THE FINDINGS:
- 81 percent said they consider the threat posed to the United States by the possibility of a “dirty bomb” attack by terrorists to be serious.
- A majority (56 percent) said they were not confident they would know what to do in the event of a “dirty bomb” attack.
- 63 percent said they do not feel prepared in the event of a terrorist attack on their community.
- Only 34 percent of voters agreed the government was doing a good job informing people about preparedness for a terrorist attack.
The nationwide survey of 502 likely voters was conducted Aug. 25-28, 2008. To view the poll in its entirety, please visit http://www.r-tac.org.