By Reportlinker, Special for USDR
1. The US-led coalition is engaged with Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul.
2. US Presidential Elections: 2 candidates, 2 different approaches on how to fight terrorism.
3. Yahoo received a surveillance order from NSA.
Reportlinker Insight published a survey to answer 2 questions :
1. What are the social and psychological effects of terrorism on the US population?
2. How does it change choices concerning outings or transport?
1. Guns, Racial Profiling and Self-Protection
a. Two-thirds of Americans said they would notify authorities if they spotted something suspicious.
b. More than half of respondents say carrying a gun is the best way to protect themselves, while half disagree.
c. For some ethnic groups, the need for self-protection plays out in other ways. More than 70% of U.S. citizens believe the terrorist attacks have led to increased racial profiling. The trend has created an unsettling environment for Muslims, blacks and Hispanics.
2. Opinions Diverge on National Strategies
a. When it comes to national strategies for fighting terrorism, 23% of Americans perceived international terrorism intelligence exchanges to be the best approach, followed by tackling radicalization at home and international diplomatic strategies.
b. Although the Obama administration is already using these measures to fight terrorism, 54% of respondents say they’re not confident the government is doing all it can to ensure optimal security.
c. These sentiments will factor into voter decisions in the upcoming election. Two-thirds of respondents say their decision will be influenced by the candidates’ plans to combat terrorism.
3. The Impact of Media Coverage on Terrorism
a. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has suggested less media coverage of terrorists would be an effective way to combat terrorism.
b. However, almost half of US respondents believe media should continue coverage as is. On the contrary, both Republicans (36%) and Millennials (32%) would like to see the media expand their coverage of terrorism.
c. Regardless of how they feel about media coverage, a majority of respondents – 80% – say the threat of terrorism is likely to continue for at least the next 10 years.
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