Terrorism: A Study of the Policy Preferences of Old Dominion University Students

Date of Award

Summer 2009

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Elizabeth Monk-Turner

Committee Member

Donald Smith

Committee Member

Lucien Lombardo

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 J63 2009


Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there have been many different approaches to terrorism utilized by the U.S. government. While sometimes it is obvious which ones are popular and which ones are not, often it is not clear. With this in mind a survey was posted and taken by 151 ODO students. The survey asked how much they supported various terrorism policies and quizzed them to see how knowledgeable they were regarding terrorism. It was found that the students who responded to the survey were generally very knowledgeable about terrorism. It was also found that almost every policy received at least some support by the students. While there were varying levels of support, most students supported any attempt to prevent or counter terrorism.


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