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04/21/06 FOX News Poll: Public OK with Movies About 9/11

A new FOX News poll finds that a plurality of Americans think it is appropriate and timely for a movie to be made about September 11, though over half say they would probably not go to see it.

More than four in 10 Americans (42 percent) say they think movies about the 9/11 attacks are appropriate and timely, and another 17 percent say movies are appropriate, but it is too soon. A third of the public thinks movies about the attacks are inappropriate all together.

Among demographic groups, Americans over age 65 are the most likely to disapprove of 9/11 movies. Young people and those in high-income households are the most accepting.

Opinion Dynamics Corporation conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for FOX News on April 18 and April 19. The premiere of "United 93," a film about the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, is scheduled to open in movie theaters on April 28, and there has been much debate about the movie in the weeks leading up to its release.

Overall, 38 percent of the public says they would go and see a movie about the 9/11 attacks and 58 percent would decline. Men are slightly more likely than women (+ 8 percentage points) to say they would see the movie, and those with less than a college education are more likely to go than those with a college degree (+ 10 points).

Finally, the poll asked Americans if the tapes from the cockpit voice recorder on United Flight 93 should be released to the public. The tapes have been played for the federal jury in the trial of Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, but not heard by the general public. A 55 percent majority says yes, the tapes should be made available to everyone and 37 percent disagree.

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