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20/20 Vision: Poll Finds NYers' Terror Fears Are Similar To 2002 Levels

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The attacks on the World Trade Center shattered New Yorkers' sense of security, and today, an exclusive NY1/Marist poll has found that most New Yorkers still believe it is likely the city will be attacked again. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

In the aftermath of the terror attacks on the Word Trade Center, New Yorkers were not only frightened by what had happened, but worried about the future. A new poll shows that some of those some fears have yet to subside.

"New Yorkers are still very vigilant to the possibility that something else could happen, not like they were immediately after the original attack on 9/11, but it stays with them," says Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff.

Of the city residents surveyed, 56 percent of say it is likely or very likely another terror attack will occur in the next 20 years. That is nearly the same as 10 years ago.

In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, the vast majority of New Yorkers said they were worried about another attack.

But as normal life slowly resumed, leaving only horrible memories of that fateful day, anxieties began to decrease.

By March 2002, 55 percent of New Yorkers feared another terrorist attack was likely. That number that is very similar to today.

The number of Manhattan residents who now fear another attack is likely, 63 percent, is slightly higher than the 56 percent citywide.

"People are concerned through out the city just a little more so in the borough where the attack was," says Miringoff.

After the attacks, the focus was on rebuilding the World Trade Center site. After seemingly endless delays and squabbles over design plans and money, construction is now well underway.

Attitudes reflect that progress, as 91 percent of New Yorkers believe the World Trade Center site will be rebuilt within the next 20 years.

While the progress has been in fits and starts, a lot has happened here at the site. One World Trade Center, one of the world's largest buildings, is slated to open within two years.

Next year, 4 World Trade Center is expected to open its doors, making it the first office building on the actual footprint of the site to be completed.

So while fears still linger, New Yorkers attitudes about rebuilding reflect that now famous resiliency demonstrated by New Yorkers in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Poll Methodology

This survey of 594 New York City adults was conducted August 8th through 15th, 2012. Adults 18 years of age and older residing in New York City were interviewed by telephone. Telephone numbers were selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the city. The exchanges were selected to ensure that each borough was represented in proportion to its population. To increase coverage, this landline sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers. The two samples were then combined. Results are statistically significant within ±4.0 percentage points. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP