Attitudes about the government's reach/overreach in its response to terrorism.

Below are 24 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

FIGHTTER from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007) - Instructional Dataset

Q37h. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should expand its authority to fight terrorism? (FIGHTTER)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1419.5
2) Disagree38826.2
3) Agree55537.5
4) Strongly agree39526.7
Missing169 
TOTAL1,479100.0


Q39H from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q39 To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should..h. Expand its authority to fight terrorism (Q39H)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree35120.9
2) Agree63537.8
3) Disagree40223.9
4) Strongly disagree1478.8
5) Undecided1448.6
TOTAL1679100.0


FIGHTTER from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q37h. To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should expand its authority to fight terrorism? (FIGHTTER)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1418.8
2) Disagree38824.3
3) Agree55534.7
4) Strongly agree39524.7
8) Undecided1217.6
Missing48 
TOTAL1,600100.0


PUBTERR from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2006

Newspapers should honor government requests to withhold publishing information that might hurt efforts to win the war on terrorism. (PUBTERR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree57657.3
2) Mildly agree17717.6
3) Mildly disagree878.7
4) Strongly disagree12212.1
98) Dont know404.0
99) Refused30.3
TOTAL1,005100.0


MONITOR from ABC News Views of Islam Poll, 2003

Please tell me if you support or oppose the federal government doing each of the following: Allowing FBI agents to monitor public places like libraries, places of worship and Internet chat rooms as part of a general investigation of terrorism, even if its not related to a specific crime. [This question was asked of half the sample.] (MONITOR)
TOTAL%
1) Support32464.9
2) Oppose16032.1
8) DK/No opinion153.0
Missing505 
TOTAL499100.0


RIGHTS from ABC News Views of Islam Poll, 2003

As it conducts the war on terrorism, do you think the United States government is or is not doing enough to protect the rights of AMERICAN CITIZENS? [NOTE: Question was asked for half the sample.] (RIGHTS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, doing enough34768.8
2) No, not doing enough14128.0
3) (VOL) Doing too much20.4
8) DK/No opinion142.8
Missing500 
TOTAL504100.0


SECTERR from General Social Survey, 1996

Should or should not the government maintain a high level of secrecy surrounding: C. Efforts to control domestic terrorism (SECTERR)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should83857.4
2) Probably should37325.5
3) Probably should not1157.9
4) Definitely should not714.9
8) Dont know604.1
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1460100.0


INVESTIG from ABC News Views of Islam Poll, 2003

As it conducts the war on terrorism, do you think the United States government is or is not doing enough to protect the rights of PEOPLE WHOVE BEEN INVESTIGATED FOR SUSPECTED INVOLVEMENT IN TERRORISM [NOTE: Question was asked for half the sample.] (INVESTIG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, doing enough30761.9
2) No, not doing enough15030.2
3) (VOL) Doing too much81.6
8) DK/No opinion316.3
Missing508 
TOTAL496100.0


INTRUDE from ABC News Views of Islam Poll, 2003

In investigating terrorism, do you think the federal agencies like the FBI are or are not intruding on some Americans privacy rights? (INTRUDE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, they are58058.2
2) No, they are not33233.3
8) DK/No opinion858.5
Missing8 
TOTAL997100.0


QH6 from Muslim American Survey, 2007

Do you think that the governments anti-terrorism policies single out Muslims in the U.S. for increased surveillance and monitoring, or dont you think so? (QH6)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, think government singles out Muslims for increased surveillance and monitoring675,22363.3
2) No, dont think so392,18036.7
Missing180,910 
TOTAL1,067,403100.0


ACSSTER from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2005

Overall, do you think Americans have too much, too little, or just the right amount of access to information about the federal governments war on terrorism? (ACSSTER)
TOTAL%
1) Too much access13613.6
2) Too little access52252.0
3) Just about the right amount30230.1
9) Dont know/Refused434.3
TOTAL1003100.0


ANTITERR from News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

[ASK FORM 2 ONLY:] What concerns you more about the governments anti-terrorism policies? (ANTITERR)
TOTAL%
1) That they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country68751.9
2) That they have gone too far in restricting the average persons civil liberties40330.5
3) Neither/Approve of policies13610.3
9) Dont know/Refused977.3
Missing1,372 
TOTAL1,323100.0


TERRCURB from News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

[ASK FORM 1 ONLY:] In order to curb terrorism in this country, do you think it is necessary for the average person to give up some civil liberties, or not? (TERRCURB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, it is necessary55040.1
2) No, it is not necessary72252.6
9) Dont know/Refused1007.3
Missing1,323 
TOTAL1,372100.0


MONACTS1 from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2002

In light of the governments war on terrorism in response to the World Trade Center attacks, some people think that the government should have more power to monitor the activities of Muslims legally living in the United States than it has to monitor other religious groups. Others say that monitoring Muslims more closely than others would violate the Muslims right to free exercise of their religion. Which of these comes closest to your own opinion? (Recode 2) (MONACTS1)
TOTAL%
1) More power to monitor Muslims40641.6
2) Different treatment violates rights48649.8
98) Dont know737.5
99) Refused111.1
Missing1 
TOTAL976100.0


SECTERR from General Social Survey, 1998

Should or should not the government maintain a high level of secrecy surrounding: Efforts to control domestic terrorism (SECTERR)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely should69450.0
2) Probably should42730.8
3) Probably should not1148.2
4) Definitely should not684.9
8) Dont know735.3
9) No answer110.8
TOTAL1387100.0


LIBRREC from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2003

Please also tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. As part of the war on terrorism, law enforcement agencies should be allowed to monitor which books or other materials patrons check out of public libraries. (LIBRREC)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree13613.6
2) Mildly agree14614.6
3) Mildly disagree17017.0
4) Strongly disagree52452.4
98) Dont Know151.5
99) Refused90.9
TOTAL1000100.0


MONMUSL from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2003

In light of the governments war on terrorism in response to the World Trade Center attacks, some people think that the government should have more power to monitor the activities of Muslims legally living in the United States than it has to monitor other religious groups. Others say that monitoring Muslims more closely than others would violate the Muslims right to free exercise of their religion. Which of these comes closest to your own opinion? (MONMUSL)
TOTAL%
1) Government should have more power to monitor Muslims than others36836.8
2) Treating Muslims differently violates their free exercise rights54854.8
98) Dont Know646.4
99) Refused202.0
TOTAL1000100.0


MONMUSL1 from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2003

In light of the governments war on terrorism in response to the World Trade Center attacks, some people think that the government should have more power to monitor the activities of Muslims legally living in the United States than it has to monitor other religious groups. Others say that monitoring Muslims more closely than others would violate the Muslims right to free exercise of their religion. Which of these comes closest to your own opinion? (Recode 2) (MONMUSL1)
TOTAL%
1) More power to monitor Muslims36840.2
2) Different treatment violates rights54859.8
TOTAL916100.0


MONTERR from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2003

Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. As part of its war on terrorism, the government should be allowed to monitor certain religious groups even if that means infringing upon the religious freedom of those groups members. (MONTERR)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree25625.6
2) Mildly agree23423.4
3) Mildly disagree16716.7
4) Strongly disagree28928.9
98) Dont Know424.2
99) Refused121.2
TOTAL1000100.0


TERRINFO from State of the First Amendment Survey, 2004

Overall, do you think Americans have too much, too little, or just the right amount of access to information about the federal governments war on terrorism? (TERRINFO)
TOTAL%
1) Too much access to information15415.4
2) Too little access to information50250.1
3) Just about the right amount31030.9
98) Dont know363.6
99) Refused00.0
TOTAL1,002100.0


FBIPUBLC from ABC News Bishops Meeting Expectations Poll, June 2002

In the past, FBI agents have been allowed to monitor public places like libraries, places of worship and Internet chat rooms only as part of the investigation of a specific crime. Would you support or oppose giving FBI agents broader authority to monitor public places as part of a general investigation of terrorism, even if its not related to a specific crime? (FBIPUBLC)
TOTAL%
1) Support64664.3
2) Oppose32332.2
8) DK/No opinion353.5
TOTAL1,004100.0


SACCVLLB from July 2003 Values Update Survey

In order to curb terrorism in this country, do you think it will be necessary for the average person to give up some civil liberties, or not? (SACCVLLB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, it will be necessary4,30643.8
2) No, it will not be necessary4,92950.2
9) Dont know/Refused5886.0
TOTAL9,823100.0


PRGRMS1 from July 2003 Values Update Survey

Id like to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. : The U.S. governments policy of holding American citizens without formal charges or trial in cases of suspected terrorism (PRGRMS1)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly favor1,90519.4
2) Favor3,46235.2
3) Oppose2,26123.0
4) Strongly oppose1,46714.9
9) Dont know7277.4
TOTAL9,822100.0


IDCARD from July 2003 Values Update Survey

To curb terrorism, would you favor or oppose requiring that all citizens carry a national identity card at all times to show to a police officer on request? (IDCARD)
TOTAL%
1) Favor5,52356.2
2) Oppose3,89539.7
9) Dont know/Refused4044.1
TOTAL9,822100.0




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