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Post-Osama

One-hundred Americans polled at and around ground zero last Thursday.

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Did you know anyone who died in the attacks?

29: Yes

71: No


How scared of a terrorist attack were you before this week’s news, and how scared are you now?

1=least afraid, 10= most afraid

Average before bin Laden’s death: 4.2

Average after bin Laden’s death: 4.43

“THERE’S ALWAYS A BAD GUY OUT THERE.”

“I DIDN’T HAVE THE IMPRESSION HE WAS ALL THAT INFLUENTIAL.”

“NOT OVER TILL IT’S OVER."


Did the revision of the story of bin Laden’s death—that he was unarmed—change your reaction to the news?

Yes: 10%

No: 90%


What was your first reaction to the news that Osama bin Laden was dead? Pick only one.

Sense of national accomplishment: 33

Euphoria: 6

Relief: 22

Fear of retaliatory attacks: 18

Sadness that we live in a violent world: 19

“I THOUGHT IT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY.”


On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied did you feel about Obama’s performance …

Before bin Laden’s death: 6.49

After: 7.16

Average approval score increased: 10%


How did you feel about America’s ability to solve its problems before this week?

Not confident: 52%

Confident: 48%

How do you feel now?

Not confident: 35%

Confident: 65%


Has bin Laden’s death changed your position on “enhanced interrogation”tactics like waterboarding?

Yes, it’s made me more inclined to accept them: 9

Yes, it’s strengthened my opposition: 8

No, I still believe they are acceptable: 35

No, I still believe they are immoral: 39


Would you have rather seen bin Laden captured and put on trial?

Yes: 30

No: 46

Don’t care: 18


Should we now speed our exit from Afghanistan?

Yes: 69%

No: 31%


Pick one: The groups that gathered to cheer at ground zero were …

Inspiring: 60%

Embarrassing: 40%

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