Poll shows fears of bioattack

In a recent Harris poll measuring how many people predict certain events will occur in the United States in the next 10 years, 29 percent of respondents said they believe a chemical or biological attack will happen.

The poll, taken online by 2,331 adults between December 6 and December 13, also showed that 79 percent of Americans believed a major terrorist attack will be conducted against the United States in the next 50 years and 60 percent believed a chemical or biological attack will occur.

Of all the events on the poll, a majority of respondents - 54 percent - believed a terrorist attack was likely to happen in the ten years. It was the only event tested in the survey that a majority of respondents believed will happen in the next decade.

Other events seen as likely in the next decade by approximately 30 percent of people included the election of a female president and China surpassing the United States as the world’s most powerful economic country. Twenty-two percent of respondents believed that global warming would have a major effect on the country.

The poll also demonstrated that 19 percent of those polled believe that human life on earth will end before the close of the 21st century.