Most U.S. citizens are willing to give up some civil liberties in order to fight terrorism, according to a poll published Thursday.
A nationwide survey conducted by the Los Angeles Times after the explosion aboard TWA Flight 800 and the bombing at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park also showed that Americans favored economic sanctions over military action against countries involved in terrorism.It found that 65 percent of those surveyed were somewhat or very concerned that the fight against terrorism could bring restrictions on civil liberties but 58 percent said they would be willing to give up some liberties to help curb terrorism.
Government and aviation officials have indicated that increased security measures at airports around the country could mean more thorough and time-consuming inspections of luggage, questioning of travelers and higher fares.
Of those polled, 66 percent said they strongly favored more secure airports, even at such costs, while 17 percent said they "somewhat favored" such measures.
Asked what action, in addition to trying those individuals responsible, the United States should take if the TWA crash is linked to another country, 40 percent favored economic sanctions against that nation, 14 percent opted for military action, 10 percent thought both should be used and 8 percent thought no action should be taken apart from a trial.
The telephone survey of 1,572 adults was conducted from Aug. 3 through Aug. 6 and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.