The Intersection of Insight and Journalism

UPDATE: As part of this study, the AP-NORC has created a new report "Balancing Act: The Public's Take on Civil Liberties and Security" which can be found here.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were a defining moment for a generation, and the decade that followed saw significant changes in government that had a direct impact on the lives of millions of Americans. In this nationally representative survey of more than 1,000 Americans, the AP-NORC Center explores public opinion about national security and the rights that define the American way of life, and tries to determine where people draw the line between civil liberties and security. The survey also looks back at the impact of the events of 9/11 and on how it has affected the way Americans live their lives today.


The 9/11 research was conducted from July 28 through August 15, 2011. AP and NORC staff collaborated on all aspects of the study. Telephone interviews were conducted with 1,087 adults age 18 or older and included both landline and cellular respondents.