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November 8, 2001

Survey Reveals Many Americans Suffering Physical and Emotional Reaction To Terrorist Threat

Confidence in Government Preparedness Shown Lacking

 (SafetyAlerts) -  Americans across the country are being physically and emotionally impacted by the attacks of Sept. 11 with many feeling depressed as well as having difficulty sleeping, according to a survey just released by E-Poll(R) ( ), a leading market research company. The results also show that Americans do not believe the U.S. government is prepared to safeguard them.

The E-Poll research finds that 22 percent of Americans report experiencing symptoms of depression since the attacks of Sept. 11 and 17 percent saying insomnia has been a recurring problem. Women seem to be impacted more than men with 31 percent of all women experiencing symptoms of depression and 23 percent having problems sleeping.

As for confidence in government preparedness, 70 percent believe the U.S. is not prepared to safeguard the mail; 52 percent felt the U.S. cannot adequately protect the water supplies and 49 percent do not think the government can adequately detect anthrax or biochemical attacks. Overall, only 32 percent feel that current U.S. policies are adequate to protect the population against bio-terrorism.

Fear of Being Targeted. Although many Americans fear they may be victimized, women are feeling more threatened than men. More than 63 percent of women surveyed feel somewhat or very concerned about being a victim of a terrorist attack compared to 46 percent of men.

Protective Measures. The U.S. population is primarily doing two things to safeguard themselves against bio-terrorism: educating themselves on potential symptoms (48 percent) and examining their mail more carefully (46 percent). Few Americans have taken more extreme measures such as purchasing antibiotics (3 percent), creating sealed-off safe rooms (3 percent), or buying gas masks (2 percent).

Impacting Daily Lives. The survey shows that people are generally carrying on with their lives. The biggest impact on Americans' daily routine is a marked increase in watching TV news. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they are watching more news updates. Thirty-three percent are spending more time with loved ones and only 3 percent report drinking more alcohol.

Methodology: The E-Poll survey of 482 respondents was conducted October 24 - 31, 2001. A representative group of adults 18+ was randomly selected from the E-Poll online panel. Results for gender were weighted to reflect the 2000 U.S. Census data. At a 95 percent confidence level, a sample error of +/- 5 percent is assumed for statistics based on the total sample of 482 respondents. Statistics based on sub-samples of the respondents are more sensitive to sampling error.

Source: PRNewswire.

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