With a month to go before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New York City residents are slightly less worried about another attack. A new exclusive poll conducted by our sister station, New York One, and Marist, also shows that many believe the attacks changed their lives forever. Roger Clark reports.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- On a sun-drenched day in Union Square, was concern about another terrorist attack on the city on the minds of New Yorkers?
"It can happen, it can definitely happen again," said one.
"I don't think about it every day. I mean, it's always in the back of one's mind," said another.
According to an exclusive poll done by our sister station, New York 1, and Marist, worry about another assault on the city is at its lowest since the attacks at the World Trade Center.
A little less than half of those surveyed said they are concerned. That includes 17 percent who said they were “very worried” and 32 percent who said they were just “worried.”
On the other hand, 34 percent were “not too worried” and 17 percent said they are “not worried at all.”
"I don't really worry about there being another attack due to the fact that I believe we are more alert than we were at that time," said one New Yorker.
"I think New Yorkers and the police have gotten really wise about it, everybody's keeping their eyes open," said another.
As part of the poll, people were also asked whether or not their lives have gotten back to normal since 9/11.
More than half responded “yes” — 53 percent of those surveyed, in fact.
"I think my life has gotten back to normal," said one city resident.
However, 11 percent said their lives were not quite there yet and 36 percent said after what happened, their lives would never be the same.
"Things are not back to normal the way they used to be, but things are normal the way they are," said a resident.
The poll also asked how the city is doing 10 years later. More than half felt things had improved or were even better, while the rest said the city still has work to do.
Twenty-six percent said things are better than before the attacks, 28 percent said things are just as good as they were pre-9/11 and 47 percent said there was still recovery needed for the city.
"There's a lot of ways we're still recovering," said one New Yorker.
"It's a better city than it was 9/11 due to the fact that it has brought unity to many, many different nationalities of people,” said another.
"I think the city is doing really well," said a third.