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Americans Haven't Been This Afraid Of Terrorism In A Decade

Multiple polls show terrorism is at the front of Americans' minds after multiple high-profile terror attacks around the world.

By Kate Grumke | December 15, 2015

Americans are more afraid of terrorism than they've been in a decade, according to multiple polls taken after the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris.

Sixteen percent of Americans named terrorism as the most important problem facing the country — more than the economy, government and guns.

This is the highest terrorism has registered in a decade, according to Gallup, but it's still much lower than numbers collected after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which peaked at 46 percent.

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At the same time, views of how the government is handling terrorism are plunging.

For the first time since 9/11, more Americans now say the government isn't doing a good job reducing the threat of terrorism, according to Pew.

But Pew notes Americans are still almost evenly divided over whether or not they think there's a connection between Islam and violence, which hasn't changed much in the past decade.

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