Between 2001 and 2002, researchers from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago studied how Americans reacted to, and coped with, the terrorist attacks in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on September 11, 2001.
Researchers surveyed public reactions to the September 11th terrorist attacks via the National Tragedy Study. The researchers designed the survey so that they could compare the results with those from the National Opinion Research Center's Kennedy Assassination Study in 1963.
Researchers reported findings in three papers. In the report on the first round of the National Tragedy Survey, which they submitted to RWJF, Kenneth D. Rasinski, PhD, the principal research scientist reported:
Researchers reported the following findings comparing reactions to September 11 to those at the time of the Kennedy assassination in Public Perspective (September/October 2002):