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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending May 7, 2011

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Osama bin Laden went down, and President Obama has gone up – in the polls, that is.

Americans overwhelmingly endorse the president’s decision to kill bin Laden and don’t believe a greater effort should have been made to bring the terrorist mastermind to trial. Eighty-six percent (86%) of Adults approve of the president’s decision authorizing the mission to kill bin Laden. Only 14% say the special operations forces involved in the mission should have tried harder to capture bin Laden so that he could have been given a fair trial.

A month ago, voter confidence in U.S. efforts in the War on Terror had fallen to its lowest level in over four years, but that confidence has soared following the weekend killing of bin Laden. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror, the highest level of confidence measured since early February 2009. Voters have only rarely expressed this much confidence in seven years of surveying on the question.


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