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October 2001 Poll #6 October 2001 Poll #5
Do you think the attacks on Afghanistan will hurt America's relations with Arab nations?
Yes
68%
No
24%
Unsure
8%
Total votes: 76
Are the attacks on Afghanistan helping to stop terrorism?
Yes
35%
No
56%
Unsure
9%
Total votes: 78
Comment: In the short run, probably not. But if these attacks continue for months with no significant signs of progress, anti-American sentiments throughout the world will almost surely intensify. Comment: Once again, our respondents seem to have little faith in the government's actions to combat terrorism. While the attacks on Afghanistan may disrupt al Qaeda's ability to plan and train for new acts of terrorism at least temporarily, we must adopt much different methods to significantly damage the group's capabilities.

October 2001 Poll #4 October 2001 Poll #3
Is the US government doing enough to guarantee the safety of the airline industry?
Yes
27%
No
53%
Unsure
20%
Total votes: 74
Should the federal government completely take over airport security?
Yes
60%
No
32%
Undecided
7%
Total votes: 121
Comment: It looks like the government has a way to go before passengers feel truly safe about flying again. However, it seems like our first priority should be to tighten security when terrorists try to get into the country making it less likely they would have the opportunity to conduct their acts. Comment: Our respondents seemed to be tortured by this question as voting remained evenly divided until the final few days of voting. This is indeed a complicated issue balancing the need for safety against cost and effectiveness. Unfortunately, the federal government hasn't done a terribly good job enforcing border security or immigration, so the real question is could they do any better than the system we have now?

October 2001 Poll #2 October 2001 Poll #1
Should airline pilots be armed to help prevent hijackings?
Yes
74%
No
22%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 138
Should the US launch a full-scale air assault on Afghanistan?
Yes
59%
No
37%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 152
Comment: While arming pilots at first glance appears to be an excellent idea, there are many potential complications that need to be considered. For example, who has access to these weapons when the plane is on the ground between flights? How do we ensure that they do not fall into the hands of terrorists or passengers? What if a suicidal or homicidal pilot decides to use his weapon on himself or others? What sort of weapon is appropriate (gun, stun gun, etc.)? Comment: Although it could be a matter of perspective, it looks like we did indeed get the full-scale air war. While opinion seemed to be running slightly against such an action before the strikes began, the tide soon turned and ended up quite in favor of the attacks after they began.


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