(PresidentialInsider.com)- The results of a new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News was revealed on Wednesday, showing how more Americans believe that the September 11 terror attacks in 2001 changed the country for the worse.
According to the survey, some 46% of respondents believe that the United States has changed for the worse after Islamic terrorists targeted the Pentagon, Pennsylvania, and New York City.
Only one-third (33%) of the country say that the attacks changed the country for a better, and 86% of respondents overall say that it has had a “lasting” effect on the country.
The poll was commissioned ahead of the 20th anniversary of the horrific terror attacks, which ultimately prompted the war in Afghanistan and changed the way the people of the united States travel. Today, the United States still has stricter security measures in airports, in train stations, and in public areas because of those attacks.
This isn’t the firs time this poll has been performed, either. Only a year after the attacks, in 2002, Americans were asked whether they thought that the attack changed the country and whether it did so for the better. The poll at the time showed how 67% of respondents believed it had changed the country for the better.
To be clear, it doesn’t indicate that the American people think that terrorism is good. Instead, people suggested that it had brought people together, made people think more closely about terrorism and security, and so on.
So, that’s somewhat of a change over the last 20 years, to say the least…
The poll also asked people whether they think that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a lasting impact on the country, with some 82% of respondents stating that they believe the virus will make lasting changes.
You can see the full break down of the poll here.