Nearly half the country would like to turn 9/11 into a national holiday. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, 46% favor a new holiday to commemorate the terrorist attacks of ten years ago; 32% oppose one.
Support comes from Republicans, Democrats and independents, all age groups, races, and regions. By two to one, women think there should be a day of remembrance; men are evenly divided. College graduates and those with family incomes of $100,000 or more are opposed.
The 2001 terrorist attacks outrank the recent global financial crisis, the Arab spring, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the election of Barack Obama when Americans are asked to rank those five events in importance. But in another list that included the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 comes in second. It ranks ahead of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
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