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How Did London Affect New York?

A survey of 100 passersby outside Grand Central on the day of the attacks—63 of whom knew people over there and had already made sure they were safe.

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Do you plan to avoid the subway?
Yes . . . 15
No. . . 85
“No, they are not allowed to change my life.” “Today, I took a taxi.” “I have no other choice but the subway.” “I’ve only been on it one time since 9/11.” “No. If I drove, I’d have to worry about parking.” (79 people had avoided the subway right after 9/11.)

What was your first reaction? Did you feel anxious or more of a sense of relief that it wasn’t in New York?
Anxiety . . .68
Relief . . .19
Wouldn’t say . . .13

On the subway, how alert are you to suspicious people and packages?
Hyperalert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Somewhat alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Not very alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
I’m usually zoned out or asleep . . . . . . . . . . . 8
(Eleven people said they’ve notified the authorities about an unattended package.)

Do you think New York is prepared, in terms of emergency services, for a possible attack on our transit system?
Yes . . . 45
No . . . 54
“I hope so” . . .1

What should the city do to secure our subways?
Remove trash receptacles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Random I.D. checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Metal detectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Increased police presence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
More bomb-sniffing dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
It’s impossible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Do you think another attack on New York City is inevitable?
Yes . . . 73
No . . . 24
Don’t know . . . 3

Is Washington doing all it can to prevent another attack in New York?
Yes . . . 6
No . . . 94

Are you more afraid of being a victim of a violent crime or of terrorism?
Violent crime. . . 58
Terrorism. . . 39
Can’t decide. . . 3

Are you glad we didn’t get the Olympics?
Yes . . .52
No . . .48
“Elated is a better term.”

Are you now less likely to visit London?
Yes . . . 5
No . . . 95
“I bought a ticket today because the prices went down just like that. I’m very happy about it.”

Have you thought about leaving New York because of potential terrorism?
Yes . . . 14
No . . .86
“I wouldn’t leave New York City for anything.”

Would you work in the Freedom Tower?
Yes . . . 62
No . . . 36
Not sure . . . 2
“Hell no!” “If I was well paid, of course—I’d work at the very top.” “Depends on what it looks like.”


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