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For Many Americans, 9/11 Worries Still Dominate: Poll

Concern about family and friends, fear of flying and anxiety top the list

NORWALK, Connecticut, USA (September 9, 2011) – Almost half of all U.S. adults who experienced physical or psychological problems in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks still struggle with feelings of fear and anxiety 10 years later, today’s Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found.

The most common lingering concerns are worry about family and friends, reported by 24 percent of those still affected, and anxiety, by 13 percent. Twelve percent said the disaster has caused them to "lose hope" about the future.

Today’s Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll also found:

  •    Two-thirds of those polled said they took action as a result of 9/11—47 percent
       said they now try to appreciate life more, and 34 percent reported spending more
       time with family and friends.
  •   19 percent of all those polled reported they now have a fear of flying.
  •   18 percent said they wanted revenge against terrorists.
  •   14 percent said they felt "nervous" when they see people dressed in traditional
       Muslim attire.
  •   10 percent said they turned more often to their church or place of worship, 21
       percent said they prayed more often or more intently.
  •   9 percent admitted to feeling anxious in big cities or crowded venues.
Regina A. Corso, senior vice president of the Harris Poll, Public Relations and Youth Research, said, "Even though it has been 10 years, the impact of 9/11 is something that was not constrained to just that one day or even to a few weeks after the attacks. Not only did more than two in five Americans experience effects such as worry or anxiety after the event, almost half of those people say they are still experiencing effects a decade later.

"But, what is nice to see," she added, "is that not all effects are negative. Almost half of Americans say they, as a result of 9/11, are trying to appreciate life more, and one-third are trying to spend more time with family, loved ones or friends."

The poll included 2,202 U.S adults over age 18 who were surveyed online between August 25 to 29, 2011, by Harris Interactive, one of the world's leading custom market research firms, and HealthDay, a leading producer and syndicator of health news.

The complete findings of the newest joint Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll are available here. HealthDay's news report is available here. Full data on the poll and its methodology are available at Harris Interactive.


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About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients - stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

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