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Californians mixed about changes since 9/11

Monday September 09, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO – Californians say a lot of good and bad changes have occurred in the United States since Sept. 11, and many believe more terrorist attacks are imminent with California as a likely target, according to a Field Poll released Sunday. 

Ninety percent of the voters surveyed said last year’s terrorist attacks made Americans more patriotic, while 82 percent said the country also is more fearful. 

Other positives included Americans becoming more united, more determined, more family-oriented and more secure. The negatives included the country being less tolerant, more belligerent in its foreign policy, less optimistic and less democratic. 

Eighty-three percent of those questioned this September said they believe more attacks are likely to occur somewhere in the United States. Of those asked whether they believe California is a likely target, 66 percent said they believe it is. 

Californians surveyed said positive work has been done to help the country’s security in some areas, while improvements are still needed elsewhere. 

-The Associated Press