As the United States is preparing for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, most of its citizens maintain that the attacks have changed the country for the worse, a new poll revealed.
According to a poll by Washington Post and ABC News released on Wednesday, 46 percent of Americans believe that their country has been changed for the worse following the terrorist attacks that occurred in New York City, and at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on September 11, 2001.
The number easily exceeds the 33 percent who said the US has changed for the better.
The results found by the survey also differ vastly from those of a similar poll carried out just one year after the attacks.
In a 2002 poll, 67 percent of Americans maintained that the event has changed the country for the better.
9/11 was a series of strikes that killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage in the United States.
US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists but many experts and independent researchers have raised questions about the official account.
They believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.