Most people are aware of the recent blasts in Mumbai. The awareness is much higher in towns and cities compared to rural are as. Among all regions (north, south, central, west and east) of the country, awareness of the blasts was highest in West India, of which Mumbai is a part.
The proportion of those who are satisfied with the steps taken by the government to control terrorism is slightly higher than those dissatisfied. However compared to 2009, there is a big shift towards dissatisfaction.
While both urban and rural areas are, more or less, equally satisfied with government's performance on curbing terror, dissatisfaction is higher in urban areas than in rural areas. North India is the most satisfied and West India is the only region where dissatisfaction exceeds satisfaction.
Congress voters are more satisfied with the steps taken by government to control terrorism than voters of BJP and other parties. Among BJP voters dissatisfaction exceeds satisfaction.
Most respondents feel that the control of terrorist activities has deteriorated under UPA II. The sentiment is much higher in urban areas compared to rural areas.
A large number of the respondents still feel that terror has no religion, however compared to 2009, their proportion has come down. On the other hand, the proportion of those who feel that terrorism is related to only one religion has gone up.
Compared to Muslims, many more Hindus and Christians are of the opinion that terror is somehow related to one religion. Urban Hindus are most vocal on the issue of linking terror with religion. While a majority of Urban Hindus feel that terror has no religion, there is also a sizeable number among them that links the two. This could be due to the fact that terrorism is largely an urban phenomenon.
While the proportion of those who say that 'terror strikes can take place in any country no matter what security arrangements are made' is still quite high, it has come down compared to 2009. Conversely, those who feel that 'our country is an easy target for terror due to weak internal security' have gone up substantially. The sentiment is more or less the same in both urban and rural areas.
Compared to the Congress voters, voters of the BJP seem to be slightly more strident on the issue of terrorism. The sentiment that India is an easy terror target because of weak internal security is stronger among BJP voters than Congress voters.
Most respondents are not satisfied with just talking to Pakistan and want the Indian government to take a stronger action against its neighbour. The sentiment towards strong action is stronger among men than women, and among the more educated. Central and Western India seem to be the most strident on the issue of dealing with Pakistan. Interestingly, the respondents in the border state of Punjab were more in favor of diplomacy and dialogue (33 per cent) than taking a stronger action (19 per cent).