The share of Americans who express confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to protect the nation from future terrorist attacks has slumped to a new low in the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
Only 55 percent of Americans have a fair amount or great deal of confidence in the government under President Obama to protect its citizens from future acts of terrorism, according to a Gallup poll conducted between Dec. 8 and 9 in the days following the deadly shooting at a San Bernardino holiday party.
This number has eroded 12 percentage points since June. It is also 33 percentage points less than the near nine-in-10 Americans who held such confidence in the government under Republican President George W. Bush to protect America from terrorism shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The poll was conducted about a week following the terror attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 individuals and wounded 21 others. The FBI investigation has so far concluded that the two attackers, both of whom died in a shootout with police, had been radicalized for years.