GRATE­FUL, VIG­I­LANT AMER­I­CANS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

A lit­tle jit­tery? You are not alone. Most Amer­i­cans will “have their eyes open” for the po­ten­tial threat of ter­ror­ism as the ma­jor hol­i­days be­gin. Fifty-one per­cent say they will be more watch­ful for pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist at­tacks dur­ing Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas time than they have been in the past, says a new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey

An­other 41 per­cent say their ‘level of vig­i­lance will be about the same” — which is pretty vig­i­lant, the poll­ster notes. A mere 5 per­cent say they will be less watch­ful.

While they may be at­tuned to threats, Amer­i­cans also have a built-in, au­then­tic sense of grat­i­tude. Thanks­giv­ing, in fact, is not the only time when the na­tion feels grate­ful for the cir­cum­stances. A large ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans — 78 per­cent — feel a “strong sense of grat­i­tude or thank­ful­ness on a weekly ba­sis” ac­cord­ing to a new poll by the Pew Re­search Cen­ter which charted the sen­ti­ments of

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