07/11/2005 - The American public has had a measured reaction to last week's terrorist bombings in London. Interest in news reports on the bombings is at about the same level as for the Madrid terrorist attacks in March 2004, while concerns over another terrorist attack in this country are somewhat higher than after the Madrid train bombings. And by two-to-one the public rejects the idea that terrorist attacks over the past few years are part of a major conflict between the West and Islam.
At the same time, President Bush's approval ratings have shown modest improvement. Overall, 47 percent approve of Bush's job performance while 46 percent disapprove. In May and June, more people disapproved of Bush's job performance than approved.The latest nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted July 7-10 among 964 adults, finds that more than six-in-ten (62 percent) see terrorist attacks over the past few years as a conflict with a small radical group, while 28 percent say they are part of a broader clash with Islam. However, a sizable number of those who say the attacks represent only a limited conflict today believe it will grow into a major world conflict in the future (25 percent of the general public).
Read the full report Bush Approval Rises Modestly; Tempered Public Reaction To London Attacks on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.