TAKING MEASURE OF 9/11 AND OTHER NUMBERS



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08 Nov 2002

Source: Baltimore Sun, September 11, 2002.

Taking measure of 9/11 and other numbers

Topics with biggest increase in queries on Internet search engine Google for the week of 9/11/02: Nostradamus, CNN.

Subjects with sharpest decline in queries this week: U.S. Open, Aaliyah.

Highest estimate of World Trade Center deaths September 2001: 6,729.

Best estimate of World Trade Center deaths today: 2,801.

Estimated number of people who safely escaped the World Trade Center: 15,000.

People killed by anthrax in mail attacks last year: 5.

Number of Americans killed in automobile accidents in 2001: 42,116.

Tons of debris carried away from the World Trade Center site: 1,640,707.

Time to complete the cleanup and recovery: 8 months and 19 days.

Americans in September 2001 who would favor mandatory identity cards for all citizens: 70 percent.

Americans in August 2002 who favor the identity card: 59 percent.

Americans in January 2002 who believed the U.S. and its allies are winning the war on terrorism: 66 percent.

Americans in August 2002 who believed the U.S. and its allies are winning: 37 percent.

Americans who approved of the way President Bush is handling the war against terrorism, November 2001: 88 percent.

Americans who approve of the President Bush's handling of the war today: 68 percent.

Americans who place at least some blame for the terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East: 75 percent.

Americans who place at least some blame for the terrorist attacks on U.S. intelligence agencies: 74 percent.

Americans who believed some freedoms will have to be sacrificed to protect against terrorism, April 1995: 49 percent.

Americans who believed the same was true in June 2002: 46 percent.

Americans who say it's OK to use religion, race or ethnicity as a factor in determining who is a terrorist: 48 percent.

Americans who think it's OK to detain legal immigrants suspected of crimes indefinitely without review by a judge: 56 percent.

Americans who believe the terrorist attacks changed the country for the better: 50 percent.

Americans who say they would rather be citizens of the United States than any other country in the world: 97 percent.

Americans who say they are very proud of the nation's political influence in the world: 37 percent.

Americans who reported feeling "very nervous or tense" after the 1963 Kennedy assassination: 68 percent.

Americans who reported feeling "very nervous or tense" after the World Trade Center attack: 50 percent.

Probable number of residents in metropolitan New York who developed post-traumatic disorder as a result of September's attacks: more than 500,000.

Estimate of the number of Americans who knew a friend, family member or co-worker who died or was injured in that terrorist attacks: more than 10 million.

Average hours Americans watched TV on 9/11 to learn about the attack: 8.

Number of 9/11-related books among Top 10 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list: 6.

Price of new Beanie Babies dogs named "Courage" and "Rescue" from Ty: $5.

Price of a "Billy Blaze" firefighter action figure by Fischer Price, including flag and "Spirit of Unity" pin: $14.95.

Price of a FDNY Firefighter Chimp doll: $49.95.

Approximate total of donations to the Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund: $1 billion.

Amount currently distributed: $643 million.

Average gift to families of deceased or seriously injured: $115,000.

Meals provided by the Red Cross since the disaster: 14 million.

Pints of blood donated to the Red Cross from Sept. 10 to Oct. 14, 2001: 928,923.

Money raised when President Bush asked American children to donate $1 for Afghan children: $10,312,884.

American military personnel in Afghanistan: 8,000.

American servicemen and women who have died in combat in the war on terrorism: 16.

Americans killed in non-combat incidents related to the war: 23.

Number of people charged in March by New York attorney general for filing false death certificates claiming that family members died in the attacks on the World Trade Center: 22.

Amount of emergency relief funds obtained by 14 of those claimants: $760,000.

Total amount of American flag sales in 2001: $51.7 million.

Percent of those sales from flags shipped from China: 67 percent.

The number of people recruited by the U.S. Army in 1983: 145,000.

The number recruited in 2001: 75,800.

Americans in December who would support use of ground troops to remove Saddam Hussein from power: 70 percent.

Americans last month who would support use of ground troops to remove Hussein from power: 51 percent.

Percentage of American Muslims who say they experienced discrimination after 9/11: 57 percent.

American Muslims who say they experienced kindness or support from people of other faiths: 79 percent.

American Muslims who believe the media has become more biased against Islam and Muslims: 67 percent.

Number of 9/11 hijackers who were Saudi nationals: 15 of 19.

U.S. imports of Iraqi oil early 2002: 1 million barrels per day.

U.S. imports of Iraqi oil July 2002: 137,000 barrels per day.

Number of terrorist attacks internationally in 1987: 666.

Number of terrorist attacks internationally in 2001: 348.

Compiled by Gary Dorsey

Susan Reimer, Stephanie Shapiro and Shelia Jackson of the Sun staff contributed to this article.

Sources: Google.com; U.S. Dept. of Transportation; CNN; Pew Research Center survey; Gallup Poll; CBS News/New York Times Poll; Princeton Survey Research Associates/Newsweek; L.A. Times; Princeton Research Associates; Associated Press poll, August 2002; National Organization for Research, University of Chicago; Journal of the American Medical Association; New England Journal of Medicine; American Red Cross; Cox News Service; Connecticut Law Tribune; Princeton Survey research poll, 8/30/02; Council on American-Islamic Relations; U.S. Dept. of State.