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16% of Americans think about 9/11 *every* day.

Or so a Zogby poll suggests. And further to that, 77% of Easterners think about it once a week and 46% of Westerners likewise. I'm presuming that East / West is defined by the Mississippi.

A further intriguing revealed fact is that 90% of Easterners think 9/11 "the most significant historical event of their lifetimes", versus 75% of Westerners. As someone on the other side of the Atlantic, I think that overstates matters somewhat, and I'll throw in Nixon's comment to the Apollo 11 crew: "This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation". I was alive at the time, if a bit too small to have seen the moon landing, still less to have grasped its significance. I think the fall of the Wall is the most significant moment etc.

Anyway, there is plenty more data on attitudes to the war in Iraq, Bush's conducting of the war on terror and so forth, with perhaps the most noteworthy being that 91% expect another attack. This, I think, contextualises the extent to which our American friends have been traumatised by 9/11, and that whoever convinces the American public that he or she can best protect them from another atrocity has to be a shoo-in as the next president.

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