Washington, D.C. - Two in five Americans say that their view of President Obama's leadership has improved following bin Laden's death. The same proportion say that their impression of the President's 'handling of the War on Terror' has improved.
Ipsos' latest poll carried out on behalf of Reuters and published Tuesday May 3rd 2011 shows that about one in five (18%) Americans 'feel safer' as a result of the death of Osama bin Laden. A third feel that President Obama 'deserves the most credit' for bin Laden's death, compared to 13% choosing Former President George W. Bush.
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- Over two-thirds (68%) say they feel 'about as safe' as before the death of Osama bin Laden, while almost one in five (18%) feel safer and 14% feel less safe. Democrats are more likely to say they feel 'safer' (26%), compared to Republicans (12%) and Independents (7%). Males are more likely than females to say they feel 'safer' (22% vs. 13%), as are younger people (23%).
- A third (32%) of Americans feel President Obama 'deserves the most credit' for bin Laden's death, compared to 13% choosing Former President George W. Bush. One in five (19%) say 'both' deserve credit, and a quarter (25%) say 'neither' do. More than half (56%) of Democrats give Obama credit, compared to just 7% of Republicans who do; one in five (21%) Independents give Obama the most credit.
- Two in five (39%) Americans say that their view of 'President Obama's leadership' has improved following bin Laden's death. One in five (20%) Republicans feel the same, as do 57% of Democrats and 28% of Independents. About half of Americans (52%) say their view of Obama's leadership has not changed following bin Laden's death.
- Just over two in five (42%) Americans say that their view of 'President Obama's handling of the War on Terror' has improved following bin Laden's death. Over one in five (22%) Republicans feel the same, as do two-thirds (64%) of Democrats and 29% of Independents. About half of Americans (50%) say their view on this has not changed following bin Laden's death.
- A third (33%) of Americans indicate that their views have improved when it comes to 'the federal government holding suspected terrorists without trial at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba'. Just under two-thirds of Americans (62%) say their view on this matter has not changed following bin Laden's death. Males are far more likely than females (41% vs. 26%) to say their views on this have improved. There is no difference on this measure across political parties.
- Americans' views of the American intelligence community and the American military have improved as well as a result of bin Laden's death, with 66% and 64% (respectively) stating that their views of these groups have improved.
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