WNEU Poll: Majority say Marathon Bombing changed Boston

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The attack on the Boston Marathon last year killed three people and injured more than 200 others.

Recently Western New England University released a poll that finds the majority of people say that attack has changed Boston. The following information comes from that poll.

WNEU conducted a telephone survey of 477 adults in Massachusetts from March 31st to April 7th.

It found that 73 percent of those surveyed said the bombing has changed Boston, while 24 percent said the city has not changed and three percent said they did not know.  The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Of the people who said the attack had changed the city in some way, 62 percent said the change was for the better, 20 percent for the worse, 14 for both better and worse, and four percent said they did not know.

Tim Vercellotti, director of the Polling Institute and a professor of political science at Western New England University, said the survey did not ask respondents to elaborate on changes but they voluntarily elaborated.

Respondents who referred to changes for the better tended to mention the surge in civic pride and unity that followed the attack. Those who cited changes for the worse tended to refer to the human suffering that resulted from the bombing or a lingering sense of insecurity.

Looking ahead to this year’s Boston Marathon on Monday, the survey found 53 percent of adults said they are very confident and 38 percent said they are somewhat confident that law enforcement agencies can keep this year’s event safe from violence.

Men were more likely than women to say they were very confident.

Residents of Boston and surrounding areas also were slightly more likely to express confidence than residents living in other parts of the state. Fifty-nine percent of adults living in Boston and nearby suburbs said they were very confident, while the figure ranged from 50 to 52 percent for Western and Central Massachusetts and the North and South Shores.

To find more information on that poll click here.

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