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UMass reveals poll two months after Boston Marathon bombing

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UMass revealed the results of a new poll a day before the two-month anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

UMass pollsters surveyed 500 registered Massachusetts voters and what they found was most people aren't scared of another attack. But a majority said they would support increasing surveillance.

"I think about it a lot," said Dede Cummings of Brattleboro. 

For many, including Cummings, who's originally from Boston, the images of the attack will never go away.

"My friends were in Boston. I had friends running. I had a girlfriend of mine who ran my first half marathon who was up in the bleachers," she said.

After that attack that left hundreds injured and four dead, a UMass poll shows people on average are not afraid of another attack in their area.

People in Boston that were surveyed did express a higher rate of concern than other Massachusetts residents about terror attacks - 61 percent of Bostonians stated they were "very" or "somewhat" concerned, compared to 53 percent of people polled outside of Boston.

People in Western Mass, though, tell CBS 3 it shouldn't matter where you live.

"We are a democratic society, a free, open society. We must be encouraged and really must become well-aware of terrorism," said Haratch Kayzakian of Holyoke.

But in the aftermath of the marathon bombings, 2/3 of those polled say they want to see more surveillance and 69 percent say they want to see heightened police presence at large gatherings.

Western Mass residents say these attacks should not keep us in fear but should certainly never be forgotten.

"We must be very vigilant of safeguarding our free society and our way of life," Kayzakian said.

"We need to be more vigilant of our surroundings and public places, believe me, and going to run again. We're not going to let acts of terrorism stop us. None of us feel that way. We're not going to live in fear," Cummings said.

Those surveyed also weighed in on what they think the punishment should be for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted of the attacks. Fifty-nine percent say they would support the death penalty.

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