Fox News poll: Homegrown terrorists bigger threat than Islamic terrorists

In a new poll, 51 percent of voters say that domestic terrorists pose a greater threat on U.S. soil

Published April 18, 2013 4:10PM (EDT)

In a somewhat surprising new poll from Fox News taken in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the majority of voters surveyed say that homegrown terrorists are a bigger threat to U.S. soil than Islamic terrorists.

From Fox News:

By a wide 62-20 percent margin, voters think homegrown terrorists are more likely than Islamic terrorists to have been behind the Boston attacks.  Nineteen percent are unsure.

In general, voters say homegrown terrorists like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh (51 percent) pose a greater threat on U.S. soil than Islamic terrorists (26 percent).

Fox News itself jumped on the New York Post's false report that a Saudi national was a suspect in the bombings.


By Jillian Rayfield

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