Civil Liberties and Security: 10 Years After 9/11

​CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2011-- The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research announces publication and availability of its inaugural project: "Civil Liberties and National Security: 10 Years After 9/11."
"It is vital for citizens and policy makers alike to have a clear understanding of the most important issues of the day," said Dan Gaylin, executive vice president of NORC.  "The new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research combines the superb social science research skills of NORC at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press, whose news reports are seen every day on all forms of media by more than half the people in the world."
"It is appropriate that our first report will focus on attitudes about one of the signature events in world history, the terrorist attacks of 9/11," said Trevor Tompson, global director of polling for the Associated Press.
Gaylin and Tompson are co-directors of the new center which will be located at NORC's headquarters in downtown Chicago.

About the Study

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.

Associated Press Stories

The AP's multi-format coverage of the study will run over two days beginning Tuesday morning, with an examination of where the public draws the line between rights and safety when it comes to fighting terrorism.
  • Research Highlights, Survey Results, and The Associated Press Stories are available at
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.
A distinctive feature of the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research surveys is the capacity to build trend data in the analysis, providing a clear picture of change over time as opposed to a simple snapshot of current opinion.  In the case of this study, NORC researchers and analysts were able to compare American feelings and beliefs today with those reported in similar NORC research done soon after the events of 9/11 and during subsequent years. 

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