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9/11's impact tops Pearl Harbor in poll

AP | August 30 2006

A majority of American voters believe the Sept. 11 terrorist attack was a more significant historical event than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a poll says.

The Quinnipiac University survey found sharp divisions among age groups about the overall importance of each event, although even people who were alive in 1941 put Sept. 11 ahead.

Overall, 56 percent of voters picked Sept. 11 as more significant, while 33 percent picked Pearl Harbor. Voters older than 65 picked Sept. 11 as more significant 42 percent of the time, compared to 39 percent for Pearl Harbor.

The poll surveyed 1,080 registered voters nationwide between Aug. 17 and Aug. 23 and had a margin of sampling error of 3 percentage points.

The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, killed 2,400 Americans and prompted the United States' entry into World War II, a conflict that claimed tens of millions of lives. The attack also set in motion the events that led to atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and four decades of U.S. military action in Asia.

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