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Bruce Lindsay ReportingThe horrific events of two years ago today have changed our lives and our outlook on the world. Through a series of exclusive surveys for KSL Television and the Deseret Morning News, pollster Dan Jones has found September 11, of 2001 still has Utahns on edge.
About half of Jones sample of 412 Utahns statewide said they are just as anxious today as they were right after the September 11th attacks. 16% say they're more anxious.
More Utahns today say they are concerned for the welfare of friends, family or others, overseas. Jones says that's more the result of the war in Iraq than the attacks of September 11th. But those events combined have greatly boosted respect and confidence in the military.
In Jones' poll American soldiers, police, and especially firefighters inspire far more confidence than any other institutions, including churches, schools, or the Presidency.
Dan Jones: "We're much more reverent about the people who went into that building to save lives."
We haven't gotten over the jitters about flying. 41% admitted to that concern two years ago; just as many do today.
Dan Jones: "we're much more conscious of the terrorist type of acts, and many of them apply to the air."
Dan Jones says his poll found a few surprises. Dan Jones: "I was surprised at the level, still, of patriotism. I was also surprised that, how vulnerable they think we are for the future, that they really believe it's gonna happen again, but not to them."