A new CBS News/New York Times poll released Tuesday evening shows 41 percent of American participants believe U.S. intelligence agencies could have prevented the bombings at the Boston Marathon because of prior information they had. However, 45 percent do not feel it could have been prevented.
The poll also found that President Barack Obama and law enforcement agencies got positive marks for their response to the attacks. The approval rating for the president's response was 68 percent, while 84 percent approve of how federal and local law enforcement handled the bombings.
Sixty-six percent now think another terrorist attack in the U.S. is likely, in comparison to 37 percent last year. About 25 percent say they fear an attack may happen in their own area.
The Boston bombing suspects were believed to have been a part of a larger terrorist group by 53 percent, and 32 percent think they acted alone. Reports that female DNA was found on one of the bomb fragments surfaced after this poll was conducted.
The poll showed that many Americans think bomb-making information should not be posted on the internet. Americans support the idea of surveillance cameras in public places.
This poll was conducted by telephone from April 24 - 28, 2013 among 965 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
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