Taking measure of 9/11 and other numbers

September 11, 2002|By Gary Dorsey

Topics with biggest increase in queries on Internet search engine Google for the week of 9/11/02: Nostradamus, CNN.

Subjects with sharpest decline in queries this week: U.S. Open, Aaliyah.

Highest estimate of World Trade Center deaths September 2001: 6,729.

Best estimate of World Trade Center deaths today: 2,801.

Estimated number of people who safely escaped the World Trade Center: 15,000.

People killed by anthrax in mail attacks last year: 5.

Number of Americans killed in automobile accidents in 2001: 42,116.

FOR THE RECORD - An article yesterday in the Today section gave the wrong date for the week that Internet search engine Google saw a large boost in queries about the topics Nostradamus and CNN. It was the week of Sept. 11, 2001. The Sun regrets the error.

Tons of debris carried away from the World Trade Center site: 1,640,707.

Time to complete the cleanup and recovery: 8 months and 19 days.

Americans in September 2001 who would favor mandatory identity cards for all citizens: 70 percent.

Americans in August 2002 who favor the identity card: 59 percent.

Americans in January 2002 who believed the U.S. and its allies are winning the war on terrorism: 66 percent.

Americans in August 2002 who believed the U.S. and its allies are winning: 37 percent.

Americans who approved of the way President Bush is handling the war against terrorism, November 2001: 88 percent.

Americans who approve of the President Bush's handling of the war today: 68 percent.

Americans who place at least some blame for the terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East: 75 percent.

Americans who place at least some blame for the terrorist attacks on U.S. intelligence agencies: 74 percent.

Americans who believed some freedoms will have to be sacrificed to protect against terrorism, April 1995: 49 percent.

Americans who believed the same was true in June 2002: 46 percent.

Americans who say it's OK to use religion, race or ethnicity as a factor in determining who is a terrorist: 48 percent.

Americans who think it's OK to detain legal immigrants suspected of crimes indefinitely without review by a judge: 56 percent.

Americans who believe the terrorist attacks changed the country for the better: 50 percent.

Americans who say they would rather be citizens of the United States than any other country in the world: 97 percent.

Americans who say they are very proud of the nation's political influence in the world: 37 percent.

Americans who reported feeling "very nervous or tense" after the 1963 Kennedy assassination: 68 percent.

Americans who reported feeling "very nervous or tense" after the World Trade Center attack: 50 percent.

Probable number of residents in metropolitan New York who developed post-traumatic disorder as a result of September's attacks: more than 500,000.

Estimate of the number of Americans who knew a friend, family member or co-worker who died or was injured in that terrorist attacks: more than 10 million.

Average hours Americans watched TV on 9/11 to learn about the attack: 8.

Number of 9/11-related books among Top 10 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list: 6.

Price of new Beanie Babies dogs named "Courage" and "Rescue" from Ty: $5.

Price of a "Billy Blaze" firefighter action figure by Fischer Price, including flag and "Spirit of Unity" pin: $14.95.

Price of a FDNY Firefighter Chimp doll: $49.95.

Approximate total of donations to the Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund: $1 billion.

Amount currently distributed: $643 million.

Average gift to families of deceased or seriously injured: $115,000.

Meals provided by the Red Cross since the disaster: 14 million.

Pints of blood donated to the Red Cross from Sept. 10 to Oct. 14, 2001: 928,923.

Money raised when President Bush asked American children to donate $1 for Afghan children: $10,312,884.

American military personnel in Afghanistan: 8,000.

American servicemen and women who have died in combat in the war on terrorism: 16.

Americans killed in non-combat incidents related to the war: 23.

Number of people charged in March by New York attorney general for filing false death certificates claiming that family members died in the attacks on the World Trade Center: 22.

Amount of emergency relief funds obtained by 14 of those claimants: $760,000.

Total amount of American flag sales in 2001: $51.7 million.

Percent of those sales from flags shipped from China: 67 percent.

The number of people recruited by the U.S. Army in 1983: 145,000.

The number recruited in 2001: 75,800.

Americans in December who would support use of ground troops to remove Saddam Hussein from power: 70 percent.

Americans last month who would support use of ground troops to remove Hussein from power: 51 percent.

Percentage of American Muslims who say they experienced discrimination after 9/11: 57 percent.

American Muslims who say they experienced kindness or support from people of other faiths: 79 percent.

American Muslims who believe the media has become more biased against Islam and Muslims: 67 percent.

Number of 9/11 hijackers who were Saudi nationals: 15 of 19.

U.S. imports of Iraqi oil early 2002: 1 million barrels per day.

U.S. imports of Iraqi oil July 2002: 137,000 barrels per day.

Number of terrorist attacks internationally in 1987: 666.

Number of terrorist attacks internationally in 2001: 348.

Susan Reimer, Stephanie Shapiro and Shelia Jackson of the Sun staff contributed to this article.

Sources: Google.com; U.S. Dept. of Transportation; CNN; Pew Research Center survey; Gallup Poll; CBS News/New York Times Poll; Princeton Survey Research Associates/Newsweek; L.A. Times; Princeton Research Associates; Associated Press poll, August 2002; National Organization for Research, University of Chicago; Journal of the American Medical Association; New England Journal of Medicine; American Red Cross; Cox News Service; Connecticut Law Tribune; Princeton Survey research poll, 8/30/02; Council on American-Islamic Relations; U.S. Dept. of State.

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