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Fear of terrorism increasing among U.S. children according to new JSU Poll

The Polling Center at Jackson State University’s Institute of Government has released a national survey of 1000 adults. The Poll covered concerns over terrorism and attacks, concern about mass shootings, views on terror succeeding in creating a climate of fear, views on arming citizens to reduce damage from acts of terror and terror fears among children.

Most support closing public schools whenever threatened out of an abundance of caution;   Large majority of parents/caregivers will consider campus security in college/university selection decisions

Respondents, reminded of recent public school closings in Los Angeles due to an email terror threat, were asked which of two approaches to closing schools they would select.  Nearly one-half, 47.5%, indicated public schools should be closed whenever threatened out of an abundance of caution while 38.5% suggested public schools should remain open unless, and until, designated law enforcement professionals decide a threat is credible.

According to parents or caregivers, concern over terrorism is on the increase among children.  More than three-quarters, 76.3%, suggested that expressions of concern has increased significantly (37.5%) or somewhat (38.7%) over the past year.

Just over one-half of all respondents with children in their care, 56.5%, reported they have an Emergency Action Plan in place.

Winter Poll - Graphic 4- Terrorism FearThese same parents or caregivers noted that campus security would be strongly considered when making college/university selection decisions.  A large majority, 84.4%, noted that they would very strongly (52.3%) or somewhat strongly (32.1%) consider safety in college decisions for their respective children entering college.

This Poll was conducted January 22-27, 2016.

ABOUT THE POLL:  The Poll was conducted by The Polling Center at Jackson State University’s Institute of Government.  Polling by the Center is conducted on a regular basis and may also include spontaneous polling on occurring events. For the full Poll Report, click here: http://www.jsums.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IOG-Polling-Center-JSU-Winter-2016-Report.pdf.

METHODOLOGY:  The Poll sampled opinions of 1000 approximately proportional to state population contribution nationwide.  The survey was conducted January 22-27, 2016. All surveys were conducted using an online survey instrument. The poll has a +/- 3.0 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level on a composite basis.