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Polls: Uncle Sam Keeps Us Safe

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Longtime polling expert Karlyn Bowman, of the American Enterprise Institute, just delivered a pat on the back for the federal employees who toil to keep the country safe from another terrorist attack.

In her new compendium of opinion data going back 10 years, Bowman writes:

"At a time when criticism of government is widespread, Americans believe the country is safer due to the government's efforts. They also believe George W. Bush made us safer and that Barack Obama has kept us safe. 69 percent told Pew that the government was doing very or fairly well in reducing the threat of terror. 50 percent in 2008 told CBS that George W. Bush had made the country safer; 21 percent said less safe. 63 percent approved of the job President Obama was doing handling terrorism in a June 2011 Quinnipiac poll."

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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