How confident are you in Canada to prevent homegrown terror attacks?

WATCH: Why was our nation’s capital such a soft target for an attack? Why was the gunman able to barge right through the doors of our Parliament building? And, are we doing enough to keep an eye on people we know have become radicalized? Mike Le Couteur looks into these questions.

TORONTO – How confident are Canadians in Canada’s security services—including Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the RCMP, and local police—to prevent homegrown radicals from carrying out terrorist attacks in Canada?

Just over half of adults polled (55 per cent) are not confident such violent attacks will be stopped, according to an online survey from the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) on global and national threats to security and safety conducted Oct. 21-23, 2014. Forty-one per cent of those respondents are “not very confident” and 14 per cent are “not confident at all.”

This compares to 40 per cent of respondents who are confident in Canada’s ability to stop such attacks; including 36 per cent saying they are “confident,” and only four per cent saying they’re “very confident.”

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Though the results come at the end of a week when two soldiers were killed at the hands of Canadian suspects considered “radicalized,” ARI said the timing was unforeseen.

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“This survey was not developed in reaction to the attacks. This survey was conducted over a period of three days which coincided with them,” said ARI.

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Angus Reid senior vice president Shachi Kurl said some people would have completed the survey before Wednesday’s shooting in Ottawa, and some after.

“It would not be at all surprising to see some sort of heightened sentiment or sensitivity as a result of this week’s events,” she said.

About equally across all provinces and demographic groups, nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of Canadians felt the world has become a more dangerous place than a decade ago, which Kurl called significant.

“We are saying that we feel that the world is more dangerous today than it was in 2004–at the height of the Iraq war and in the wake of 9/11–so that is something that is quite notable.”

Participants were also given a list of seven international issues and asked to give their opinion on the most serious threat:

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Fifty per cent of Canadians polled chose ISIS/terrorism as the most serious threat; 16 per cent chose global warming, followed by poverty/hunger at 11 per cent and the Ebola outbreak at nine per cent.

When responding to the threat of ISIS, twice as many survey participants think Canada’s priority should be securing national borders and dealing with Canadians involved in terrorism domestically or overseas (66 per cent) rather than humanitarian and/or military aid to assist the international community (34 per cent).

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Kurl said about a month ago, Angus Reid surveyed people on how much support there was for Canadian military support in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS.

“I would caveat it’s not the same question that we asked [in today’s poll], but a month ago, two thirds said: ‘We support some form of military intervention dealing with an overseas fight.’ And today, two thirds are saying: ‘Actually what we need to be doing is focusing on own border security and another threat at home.’ So that’s another really key finding.”
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