Americans react to Boston bombings with confidence and resilience

… Now that the inevitable has occurred, the impact of evolving attitudes toward terrorism is beginning to come clear as Americans react to the Boston bombing with sadness and anger but also with resilience and confidence. …

Despite wall-to-wall coverage of the situation in Boston by the news media, TV ratings were nowhere near the levels sustained after the World Trade Center attacks, and although most Americans say they tuned in to the coverage, a new Washington Post poll shows just 38 percent following the events “very closely.”

The poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday evenings, also shows a far more muted public reaction to the bombing than the 2001 terrorist attacks. [cont.]

Marc Fisher, Washington Post