07/20/2004 - The public broadly approves of the performance of the 9/11 commission in investigating the events that led to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. By more than two-to-one (61%-24%), Americans approve of the job being done by the commission, which is expected to release its final report later this week. Significantly, there is no partisan divide in this view--as many Republicans (62%) as Democrats (61%) approve of the commission's performance to date, according to Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, conducted July 8-18 among 2,009 adults, shows that the partisan agreement over the commission does not extend to evaluations of the government efforts to reduce the threat of terrorism. Seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say the government has done at least fairly well in reducing the terrorist threat, but just 18% believe it has done very well. Three times as many Republicans as Democrats give the government top marks for reducing the threat of terrorism (35% very well vs. 12%).
Read the full report 9/11 Commission Has Bipartisan Support on the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Web site.