As the threat of radical Islamic terrorism continues to dominate the news, do Americans still feel safe at home? Just a third of likely voters now think the United States is safer than before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the lowest level of confidence in nearly five years. Voters are now also just as likely to say the terrorists are winning the War on Terror as to say the United States and its allies are winning. While that’s more confidence in the United States than February’s all-time low of 19%, it’s still significantly lower than in previous years.
Since 9/11, the United States has spent $1 trillion to defend against al-Qaeda and ISIL, dirty bombs and lone wolves, bioterror and cyberterror. Has it worked?