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Terror Acts Neither Grow Or Decrease - Russians Say

MOSCOW. Sept 12 (Interfax) - The Russians are not happy with the anti-terror fight ten years after the U.S. declared a war on international terrorism, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) told Interfax on Friday. The poll was done in 46 regions.

The number of the respondents who say that terrorists have won that war has grown from 9% to 16% in the past five years. Only 7% declare a victory of the United States and its allies (10% in 2009), the center said.

The opinion that the war does not have winners has grown from 30% in 2006 to 36% in 2011, while the opinion that the anti-terror war is nothing but a good cover for U.S. problems has less supporters now (29% as against 32% earlier).

Fears of terrorism intensified in 2010 and reduced this year (the indicator stood at 28% in 2009, 37% in 2010, and 34% in 2011). The number of those who say that the terror threat is neither decreasing nor growing is up from 37% to 46%. The share of the respondents declaring a decreased terror threat is down from 21% in 2009 to 14% this year.

The respondents described Russia as one of the most dangerous countries from the terrorism point of view: 16% declare that the entire country runs a high risk of terrorism; 13% declare a terror threat in the central regions, 6% in Chechnya, 4% in Dagestan, 3% in the southern regions, 2% in the northwestern regions, and 1% in Abkhazia, Ingushetia and Ossetia.

However, 17% say the terror threat is the highest in the United States.

Twelve percent say that about the Caucasian republics, 5% about the Middle East, 5% about Israel, 4% about Libya, 3% about Afghanistan and Egypt, 2% about the UK, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Arab and European countries in general, and 1% France, Georgia, Eastern and Islamic countries, Pakistan and Africa.

Twenty-four percent say that the risk to fall victim to a terror act is equal in any country and region.

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