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USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 11-13, 2009. N=1,025 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Now, thinking for a moment about terrorism, how worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

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Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not at All
Worried
Unsure
% % % % %

12/11-13/09

12 27 34 28 -

9/5-7/08

9 29 38 24 -

7/6-8/07

13 34 31 21 -

6/11-14/07

12 32 33 22 -

8/18-20/06

11 34 34 21 -

1/20-22/06

14 29 34 23 1

12/16-18/05

11 30 37 22 -

7/22-24/05

14 33 30 23 -

6/16-19/05

8 30 36 26 -

1/7-9/05

10 28 37 24 1

12/17-19/04

13 28 34 25 -

10/14-16/04

13 34 33 20 -
9/3-5/04 11 32 36 21 -
8/9-11/04 8 26 36 30 -
2/04 10 30 36 24 -
1/04 5 23 42 30 -
12/03 9 28 38 25 -
8/03 11 30 33 26 -
7/03 6 24 38 32 -
4/03 8 26 39 26 1
3/03 8 30 38 24 -
2/17-19/03 8 28 33 31 -
2/7-9/03 13 35 34 18 -
1/03 8 31 36 25 -
9/02 8 30 37 25 -
5/02 9 31 37 22 -
4/02 8 27 39 25 -
3/02 12 33 32 23 -
2/02 8 27 39 25 1
11/01 8 27 34 30 -

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. Dec. 3-7, 2009. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"What do you think would be the best way to handle prisoners currently detained at Guantanamo: put them on trial as alleged criminals in U.S. courts, put them on trial before military tribunals, or detain them indefinitely without trials, either at Guantanamo or somewhere else?"

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U.S. Courts Military
Tribunals
Detain
w/o Trials
Unsure  
% % % %  

12/3-7/09

21 57 10 12  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 20-22, 2009. N=1,017 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"How likely is it that there will be further acts of terrorism in the United States over the next several weeks: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

11/20-22/09

10 29 36 21 3

7/6-8/07

10 37 40 11 2

6/11-14/07

9 31 41 16 2

8/18-20/06

9 41 38 10 2

7/21-23/06

10 36 42 10 2

1/20-22/06

14 35 38 11 2

7/22-24/05

12 45 32 10 1

7/7-10/05

12 43 35 9 1

6/16-19/05

4 31 45 18 2

1/7-9/05

8 31 44 15 2

12/17-19/04

10 38 39 12 1
7/19-21/04 12 39 34 11 4
1/9-11/04 7 39 36 16 2
8/03 10 44 35 10 1
7/03 7 33 41 16 3
5/03 12 45 32 8 3
3/03 21 52 20 6 1
2/03 16 50 23 9 2
9/13-16/02 12 44 31 10 3
9/2-4/02 12 48 28 9 3
7/5-8/02 15 41 30 12 2
5/20-22/02 21 44 25 7 3
3/8-9/02 9 43 32 13 3
12/14-16/01 17 45 27 8 3
11/2-4/01 24 50 16 6 4
10/19-21/01 40 45 10 3 2

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"As you may know, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has described himself as the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He is scheduled to face trial in New York City. Just your opinion, do you think it would better to have his trial in New York City or better to have it somewhere else?"

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New York City Somewhere
Else
Unsure    
% % %    

11/20-22/09

42 51 8    

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"Do you think it would be better to hold Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's trial in a civilian criminal court or a military court?"

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Civilian
Court
Military
Court
No
Preference
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

11/20-22/09

36 59 2 3  

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"How likely do you think it is that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be found guilty: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

11/20-22/09

71 20 4 2 3

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"How concerned are you that a trial will give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed publicity to further his cause: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

11/20-22/09

34 25 21 18 1

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"If Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is found guilty, do you think he should or should not get the death penalty?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

11/20-22/09

77 18 5    

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 13-16, 2009. N=1,167 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama handled the recent shooting incident in Fort Hood, Texas?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

11/13-16/09

57 18 25    

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"When it comes to dealing with people suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks against the United States, which would you prefer: trying them in open criminal court with a jury and a civilian judge, OR, trying them in a closed military court with a military judge?"

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Criminal
Court
Military
Court
Unsure    
% % %    

11/13-16/09

40 54 6    

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"How much have you heard or read about the recent shooting at the U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, where Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, allegedly shot and killed thirteen people: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Nothing  
% % % %  

11/13-16/09

56 29 12 3  

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"Do you think the U.S. military had information that could have prevented the shootings that occurred at the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, or not?"

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Could Have
Prevented
Couldn't Have
Prevented
Unsure    
% % %    

11/13-16/09

51 29 20    

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"From what you have heard or read, do you consider the shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas, to be an act of terrorism or not?"

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An Act of
Terrorism
Not an Act of
Terrorism
Unsure    
% % %    

11/13-16/09

48 38 14    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Nov. 13-15, 2009. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, a soldier named Nidal Hasan recently shot and killed thirteen people in Ft. Hood Texas. Based on what you know about this matter, do you consider Hasan's actions to be an act of terrorism, or do you consider this to be an act of murder with no direct connection to terrorism?" N=501 (Form A), MoE 4.5

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Terrorism Murder Unsure

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% % %

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11/13-15/09

45 47 8

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"Based on what you know about this matter, do you think federal law enforcement agencies or the U.S. military should have been able to prevent this from happening, or don't you think so?" N=513 (Form B), MoE 4.5

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Should Have
Been Able to
Prevent
Don't Think
So
Unsure

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% % %

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11/13-15/09

64 31 5

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"Now here are some questions about Khalid Sheik Mohammed who may be responsible for planning the 9/11 attacks and who is now in custody at a U.S. military prison in another country: If you had to choose, would you rather see Khalid Sheik Mohammed brought to trial in a criminal court run by the civilian judicial system, or would you rather see him tried by a military court run by the U.S. armed forces?"

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Civilian
Court
Military
Court
Unsure

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% % %

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11/13-15/09

34 64 2

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"And regardless of which court system you think he should be tried in, if you had to choose, would you rather see Khalid Sheik Mohammed brought to the U.S. to stand trial or would you rather see him tried in a U.S. facility in another country?"

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Brought
To the U.S.
Tried in Another
Country
Unsure

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% % %

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11/13-15/09

60 37 3

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"If Khalid Sheik Mohammed is tried in a civilian court in the U.S., do you think he would get a fair trial, or don't you think so?"

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Would Get a
Fair Trial
Don't
Think So
Unsure

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% % %

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11/13-15/09

64 34 2

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"If Khalid Sheik Mohammed is found guilty of planning the 9/11 attacks, which of the following statements best describes your view? You generally support the death penalty and believe he should be executed if he is found guilty. You generally oppose the death penalty, but believe he should be executed in this case if he is found guilty. You generally oppose the death penalty and believe he should not be executed if he is found guilty."

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Generally
Support/He
Should Be
Executed
Generally
Oppose/He
Should Be
Executed
Generally
Oppose/He
Should NOT
Be Executed
Other (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

11/13-15/09

59 19 19 1 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 12-15, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

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"Would you rather have suspects accused of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks put on trial in the federal court system in the United States, or in a military tribunal set up for that purpose?" Options rotated

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Federal Court
In the U.S.
Military
Tribunal
Either (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

11/12-15/09

47 48 2 3  

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"As you may know, Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the U.S. government's use of harsh interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects during the Bush administration. From what you know or have read, do you approve or disapprove of this investigation?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

8/31 - 9/2/09

47 49 4    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 28-31, 2009. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?" N=502 (Form A), MoE 4.5

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Approve Disapprove Unsure

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% % %

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8/28-31/09

52 45 3

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3/12-15/09

61 35 4

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"Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems? Terrorism." N=508 (Form B), MoE 4.5

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Republicans Democrats No Difference
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

8/28-31/09

52 39 7 2

10/20-22/06

48 42 7 3

10/6-8/06

40 45 8 6

9/22-24/06

47 41 9 4

8/18-20/06

48 38 11 3

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"How much confidence do you have in the Obama administration to protect U.S. citizens from future acts of terrorism: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much or none at all?"

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A Great Deal A Moderate
Amount
Not Much None at All
% % % %

8/28-31/09

27 36 19 17

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"As you may know, the Attorney General has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether CIA employees used harsh interrogation procedures when questioning suspected terrorists that went beyond the actions that the Bush administration had authorized. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?"

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Good Idea Bad Idea Unsure

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% % %

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8/28-31/09

49 50 2

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CBS News Poll. Aug. 27-31, 2009. N=1,097 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How likely do you think it is that there will be another terrorist attack in the United States within the next few months: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

8/27-31/09

7 25 43 19 6
1/11-15/09 5 29 42 21 3
12/4-8/08 9 36 38 15 2
9/5-7/08 7 29 43 17 4
12/5-9/07 11 29 38 17 4
9/4-9/07 9 39 37 11 4
7/20-22/07 16 41 29 9 5
7/9-17/07 17 40 30 10 2
8/17-21/06 16 43 30 9 2
8/11-13/06 17 47 27 6 3
1/20-25/06 10 43 33 11 3
8/29-31/05 9 43 35 7 6
9/6-8/04 17 44 28 8 3
8/15-18/04 17 50 20 8 5
7/30 - 8/1/04 19 48 23 5 5
7/11-15/04 24 47 20 7 2
3/4-5/03 27 48 17 4 4
2/24-25/03 23 51 18 6 2
2/10-12/03 35 45 14 4 2
1/03 14 48 28 7 3
11/02 27 50 15 6 2
10/02 27 47 15 7 3
9/22-23/02 21 46 26 5 2
9/2-5/02 23 46 23 5 3
7/02 30 43 22 4 1
6/02 36 45 13 3 3
5/19-20/02 33 41 17 6 3
5/13-14/02 25 47 21 4 3
4/02 28 46 17 5 4
2/02 18 44 29 5 4
10/25-28/01 53 35 8 2 2
10/8/01 46 39 8 3 4

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 9-10, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the military prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/9-10/09

32 60 8    

4/22-23/09

33 53 14    

1/27-28/09

47 45 8    

6/14-15/05

22 59 19    

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"If the Guantanamo Bay military prison is closed, do you think the prisoners should be transferred to prison facilities in the United States?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

6/9-10/09

36 60 4    

5/12-13/09

37 55 8    

1/27-28/09

42 52 6    

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"Do you think President Obama made a mistake by announcing he was going to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay before having a plan for what would happen to the detainees?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

6/9-10/09

77 20 3    

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. May 28-June 1, 2009. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Do you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of Barack Obama's decision to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay within a year?" If neither approve nor disapprove: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving Barack Obama's decision to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay within a year?"

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Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
% % % %  

5/28 - 6/1/09

47 47 1 5  

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"If suspected terrorists are moved from Guantanamo Bay to high-security prisons in the United States, how concerned would you be about the chance that those terrorists might escape? Would you be very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?"

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Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

5/28 - 6/1/09

33 21 21 25 1

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 29-31, 2009. N=1,015 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, since 2001, the United States has held people from other countries who are suspected of being terrorists in a prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Do you think the United States should or should not close this prison and move some of the prisoners to U.S. prisons?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

5/29-31/09

32 65 3    

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"What effect do you think the Guantanamo Bay prison has had on U.S. national security? Do you think the prison has strengthened U.S. national security, has not had much effect, or has the prison weakened U.S. national security?" Options rotated

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Strengthened Not Much
Effect
Weakened Unsure  
% % % %  

5/29-31/09

40 37 18 5  

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"Suppose the prison at Guantanamo Bay is closed. Would you favor or oppose moving some of those prisoners to a prison in your state?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

5/29-31/09

23 74 2    

 

Gallup Poll. May 19, 2009. N=997 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How closely have you been following the news about the U.S. government's use of harsh interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

5/19/09

22 38 22 17 1

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"Do you approve or disapprove of how each of the following has handled the matter of interrogation techniques used against terrorism suspects? . . ."

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

"President Barack Obama"

5/19/09

59 29 12    

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"The Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA"

5/19/09

52 31 17    

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"The Democrats in Congress"

5/19/09

44 40 15    

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"The Republicans in Congress"

5/19/09

40 45 16    

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"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi"

5/19/09

31 47 23    

 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 30-May 3, 2009. N=518 adults nationwide.

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"Would you strongly prefer, somewhat prefer, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the creation of a bipartisan blue-chip commission to lead an investigation into how the U.S. government interrogated detainees during the war on terror?" Options rotated

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Strongly
Prefer
Somewhat
Prefer
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %

4/30 - 5/3/09

19 23 18 27 13

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"And thinking about the interrogation techniques used during the war on terror found to be torture, do you think that people who authorized these interrogation techniques should be prosecuted, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/30 - 5/3/09

43 48 9    

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"And thinking about the interrogation techniques used during the war on terror found to be torture, do you think that people who conducted interrogations using these techniques should be prosecuted, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/30 - 5/3/09

30 62 8    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 23-26, 2009. N=2,019 adults nationwide. MoE 2.

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"As you may know, the Bush administration authorized the use of harsh interrogation procedures, including the procedure known as waterboarding, when the U.S. captured suspected terrorists. Based on what you have read or heard, do you approve or disapprove of the Bush administration's decision to use those procedures while questioning suspected terrorists?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

4/23-26/09

50 46 3    

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"And regardless of whether you approve or disapprove of the use of those procedures, do you think any of those procedures were a form of torture, or don't you think so?"

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Were
Torture
Were Not
Torture
Unsure    
% % %    

4/23-26/09

60 36 3    

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"Do you think that Congress should or should not conduct an investigation of the Bush administration officials who authorized the use of those procedures?" N=1,005 (Form A), MoE 3

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/23-26/09

42 57 1    

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"Do you think that Congress should or should not conduct an investigation of the military and intelligence personnel who used those procedures after the Bush administration authorized their use?" N=1,005 (Form A), MoE 3

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/23-26/09

34 65 1    

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"Do you think that an independent panel should or should not conduct an investigation of the Bush administration officials who authorized the use of those procedures?" N=1,014 (Form B), MoE 3

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/23-26/09

42 55 2    

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"Do you think that an independent panel should or should not conduct an investigation of the military and intelligence personnel who used those procedures after the Bush administration authorized their use?" N=1,014 (Form B), MoE 3

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/23-26/09

33 64 2    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 22-26, 2009. N=973 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you want Congress to hold hearings to investigate whether the Bush Administration's treatment of detainees, the use of wiretaps and other Justice Department practices broke the law, or don't you think that is necessary?"

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Want
Hearings
Not
Necessary
Unsure    
% % %    

4/22-26/09

34 62 4    

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"As you may know, for the past seven years the United States has been holding a number of suspected terrorists at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the U.S. should continue to operate the prison, or do you think the U.S. should close the prison and transfer the prisoners somewhere else?"

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Continue to
Operate
Close Prison Unsure    
% % %    

4/22-26/09

47 44 9    

 

Gallup Poll. April 24-25, 2009. N=1,044 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily Tracking. MoE 3.

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"How closely have you been following the news about the interrogation of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not at All
Closely
Unsure
% % % % %

4/24-25/09

26 35 25 14 1

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"Based on what you know or have read, do you think the use of harsh interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects was justified or not justified?"

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Justified Not
Justified
Unsure    
% % %    

4/24-25/09

55 36 9    

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"Would you favor or oppose a government investigation into the use of harsh interrogation techniques of terrorism suspects?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

4/24-25/09

51 42 7    

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"Suppose there is an investigation into the use of harsh interrogation techniques of terrorism suspects. Which of the following would you most like to see conduct it: Congress, a bipartisan commission, or the Justice Department -- or don't you have a preference?" Options rotated

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Congress Bipartisan
Commission
Justice
Department
No
Preference
Unsure
% % % % %

4/24-25/09

8 25 22 43 3

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 21-24, 2009. N=1,072 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think Obama's policies are making the United States safer from terrorism, less safe, or are they not making much difference in that?" Options rotated

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Safer Less Safe Not Much
Difference
Unsure  
% % % %  

4/21-24/09

32 21 43 4  

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"Obama has said that under his administration the United States will not use torture as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, no matter what the circumstance. Do you support this position not to use torture, or do you think there are cases in which the United States should consider torture against terrorism suspects?"

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Never Use
Torture
Use Torture in
Some Cases
Unsure    
% % %    

4/21-24/09

49 48 2    

1/13-16/09

58 40 2    

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"Obama has ordered the release of previously secret records of Bush administration policies on the interrogation of terrorism suspects. Do you support or oppose Obama's decision to release these records?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

4/21-24/09

53 44 3    

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"Do you think the Obama administration should or should not investigate whether any laws were broken in the way terrorism suspects were treated under the Bush administration?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/21-24/09

51 47 2    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 3-5, 2009. N=1,023 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How likely is it that the U.S. will be able to capture or kill Osama bin Laden: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

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Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Already
Dead (vol.)
% % % % %

4/3-5/09

11 32 33 21 3

9/5-7/08

15 34 30 19 2

8/6-8/07

10 32 32 22 1

8/18-20/06

13 45 27 13 -

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 1-2, 2009. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

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"Is it your impression that Republicans critical of the way Barack Obama has been dealing with Al Qaeda and other foreign threats have workable proposals of their own for dealing with this situation?"

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Have
Workable
Proposals
Don't Have
Workable
Proposals
Unsure    
% % %    

4/1-2/09

31 52 17    

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 2-4, 2009. N=864 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, for the past seven years the United States has been holding a number of suspected terrorists at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the U.S. should continue to operate the prison, or do you think the U.S. should close the prison and transfer the prisoners somewhere else?"

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Continue to
Operate
Close the
Prison
Unsure    
% % %    

2/2-4/09

46 44 10    

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"If the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay is closed, do you think that will make the United States safer from terrorism, less safe from terrorism, or will closing the prison in Guantanamo Bay not affect the United States' safety from terrorism?"

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Safer Less Safe Not Affect Unsure  
% % % %  

2/2-4/09

4 36 49 11  

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 16-17, 2009. N=1,046 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the United States should or should not close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/16-17/09

35 45 20    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 21-24, 2008. N=936 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which concerns you more right now: that the government will fail to enact strong anti-terrorism laws, or that the government will enact new anti-terrorism laws which excessively restrict the average person's civil liberties?"

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Fail to
Enact Laws

Restrict Civil
Liberties

Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
9/21-24/08 31 51 1 3 14
8/11-13/06 39 46 1 2 12

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"Which comes closer to your view? In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it confronts the countries and groups that promote terrorism in the Middle East. OR, In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it stays out of other countries' affairs in the Middle East."

.

Confronts

Stays Out

Unsure    
% % %    
9/21-24/08 38 51 11    
10/12-16/07 47 45 8    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 5-7, 2008. N=1,133 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think the U.S. campaign against terrorism is going very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all?"

.

  Very Well Fairly Well Not Too Well Not Well
at All
Unsure
% % % % %
9/5-7/08 14 48 20 14 3
9/4-7/07 8 46 23 21 1
9/5-7/06 7 45 26 21 1
6/22-25/06 13 44 23 18 2
12/03 17 47 21 12 2
10/03 8 54 23 14 1
9/03 12 57 19 10 2
4/03 26 57 10 6 1
9/02 15 58 17 9 1
7/02 15 60 16 8 1
4/02 11 63 17 9 1
3/02 21 63 10 6 1
1/02 32 56 8 4 1

.

"How concerned are you about the possibility there will be more major terrorist attacks in the United States? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not too much or not at all?"

.

  A Great Deal Somewhat Not Too Much Not at All Unsure
% % % % %
9/5-7/08 18 46 23 13 -
9/4-7/07 25 41 23 10 -
9/5-7/06 29 45 17 8 -
9/03 25 46 20 9 -
3/03 29 47 16 8 1
2/03 27 45 18 9 1
9/02 22 52 19 7 0
7/02 29 44 20 7 -
4/02 30 43 18 9 -
3/02 23 47 21 9 1
12/01 27 43 22 8 1
10/15/01 35 43 14 9 0
10/8-9/01 36 46 12 6 -
10/7/01 41 40 13 4 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 12-15, 2008. N=1,125 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that non-citizens suspected of terrorism who are being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be allowed to challenge their detentions in the U.S. civilian court system. Supporters of this ruling say it provides detainees with basic constitutional rights. Critics of the ruling say only special military tribunals should be allowed, because hearings in open court could compromise terrorism investigations. What's your view? Do you think these detainees should or should not be able to challenge their detentions in the civilian court system?" Options rotated

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/12-15/08

34 61 6    

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 12-16, 2007. N=1,282 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the campaign against terrorism?"

.

Approve

Disapprove

Unsure    
% % %    
10/12-16/07 41 51 8    
9/14-16/07 40 54 6    
8/8-12/07 44 48 8    
7/20-22/07 39 53 8    
7/9-17/07 39 53 8    
6/26-28/07 39 53 8    
5/18-23/07 42 52 6    
4/20-24/07 42 51 7    
4/9-12/07 45 47 8    
3/7-11/07 45 48 7    

2/23-27/07

40 53 7    

2/8-11/07

44 49 7    

1/1-3/07

43 51 6    
12/8-10/06 41 52 7    
10/27-31/06 44 48 8    
10/5-8/06 46 48 6    

9/15-19/06

54 40 6    

8/17-21/06

55 38 7    

8/11-13/06

51 43 6    

7/21-25/06

51 42 7    

6/10-11/06

47 46 7    

5/16-17/06

46 47 7    

5/4-8/06

46 48 6    
4/28-30/06 45 45 10    
4/6-9/06 47 46 7    
3/9-12/06 45 47 8    
2/22-26/06 43 50 7    
1/20-25/06 52 43 5    
1/5-8/06 51 41 8    
12/2-6/05 48 45 7    
10/30 - 11/1/05 47 46 7    
10/3-5/05 46 46 8    
9/9-13/05 50 43 7    
9/6-7/05 51 40 9    
8/29-31/05 54 40 6    
7/29 - 8/2/05 55 39 6    
5/20-24/05 58 36 6    
4/13-16/05 53 41 6    
2/24-28/05 61 33 6    
1/14-18/05 56 38 6    
11/18-21/04 59 37 4    
9/6-8/04 62 31 7    
8/15-18/04 53 38 9    
7/30 - 8/1/04 52 41 7    
7/11-15/04 51 43 6    
6/23-27/04 52 39 9    
5/20-23/04 51 42 7    
5/11/04 51 39 10    
4/23-27/04 60 32 8    
3/30 - 4/1/04 58 34 8    
3/10-14/04 64 28 8    
2/24-27/04 65 29 6    
2/12-15/04 64 27 9    
1/12-15/04 68 28 4    
12/21-22/03 70 23 7    
9/22-23/02 71 22 7    
9/2-5/02 68 27 5    
8/02 72 21 7    
7/22-23/02 70 20 10    
7/8-9/02 77 17 6    
6/02 72 21 7    
5/19-20/02 74 19 7    
5/13-14/02 80 15 5    
4/02 80 17 3    
2/02 82 13 5    
1/21-24/02 87 9 4    
1/15-17/02 87 10 3    
1/5-6/02 88 9 3    
12/01 90 6 4    
11/01 88 9 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 27-30, 2007. N=1,114 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism?" Half sample

.

    Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

9/27-30/07

40 57 3

9/4-7/07

46 51 3

7/18-21/07

43 56 2

5/29 - 6/1/07

44 52 4

4/12-15/07

44 53 3

2/22-25/07

46 52 1

1/16-19/07

46 52 2

12/7-11/06

46 52 2

10/5-8/06

45 53 1

9/5-7/06

53 45 2

8/3-6/06

47 50 2
6/22-25/06 51 47 2

5/11-15/06

53 43 4
4/6-9/06 50 49 1
3/2-5/06 52 46 2
1/23-26/06 52 45 2
1/5-8/06 53 45 2

12/15-18/05

56 44 1

10/30 - 11/2/05

48 51 1

9/8-11/05

50 47 3

8/25-28/05

56 43 2

6/2-5/05

50 49 1

4/05

56 41 3

3/05

59 38 3

1/05

61 38 2

12/04

53 43 3

7/22-25/04

57 40 4
6/17-20/04 50 48 2
5/20-23/04 58 39 4
4/15-18/04 63 35 2
3/4-7/04 63 34 3
2/10-11/04 64 34 2
1/15-18/04 66 33 2
12/18-21/03 70 28 2
10/26-29/03 63 35 2
10/9-13/03 66 30 4
9/10-13/03 70 27 3
9/4-7/03 67 28 5
4/03 79 19 2
2/03 74 23 4
1/03 71 25 4
12/02 79 20 1
10/02 74 23 4
9/02 74 24 2
7/02 83 15 2
5/02 79 19 3
4/02 81 18 2
3/02 88 10 2
1/02 88 10 2
12/01 89 9 2
10/01 92 5 3

.

"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism?" Parties rotated

.

    Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

9/27-30/07

41 40 5 10 4

9/4-7/07

39 36 4 17 4

10/5-8/06

47 41 4 6 2

9/5-7/06

40 47 1 9 3

8/3-6/06

46 38 1 11 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 4-9, 2007. N=1,263 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think the policies of the Bush Administration have made the United States safer from terrorism, less safe from terrorism, or have the policies of the Bush Administration not affected the U.S.' safety from terrorism?"

.

Safer Less Safe No Effect Unsure  
% % % %  
9/4-9/07 49 26 20 5  
8/17-21/06 48 25 22 5  
8/11-13/06 51 29 16 4  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 21-22, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think history will remember George W. Bush positively or negatively for the job he has done pursuing terrorists after 9/11?"

.

Positively Negatively Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

8/21-22/07

30 56 6 3 5

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job the government is doing to protect the country from terrorism?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

8/21-22/07

50 39 10    

8/29-30/06

55 36 9    

1/24-25/06

58 34 8    

10/11-12/05

53 38 9    

7/12-13/05

56 33 11    

2/11-12/03

71 19 10    

.

"How much credit do you think should go to the Bush Administration for the fact that there has not been another terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11 . . . ?"

.

A lot Some Hardly any None at all Unsure
% % % % %

8/21-22/07

28 34 14 20 4

.

"Do you think there are members of the Al Qaeda terrorist group in the United States today?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

8/21-22/07

90 4 6    

7/29-30/03

92 4 4    

.

"Which do you think poses a more serious threat to the United States: terrorists from foreign countries or domestic radicals who are U.S. citizens that turn violent?"

.

Foreign
terrorists
Domestic
radicals
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

8/21-22/07

30 43 18 8  

.

"Have you or members of your family made any emergency plans -- such as stocking up on food and water, or mapping an escape route -- in case a terrorist attack were to take place in your area?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

8/21-22/07

25 75 1    

9/8-9/02

17 83 -    

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 8-12, 2007. N=1,214 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Right now, is the U.S. involvement in Iraq creating more terrorists who are planning to attack the U.S., eliminating terrorists who were planning to attack the U.S., or is the U.S. involvement in Iraq not affecting the number of terrorists planning to attack the U.S.?"

.

Creating

Eliminating

Not Affecting

Unsure  
% % % %  
8/8-12/07 46 18 27 9  
7/20-22/07 44 18 27 11  

.

"Which comes closer to your view? In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it confronts the countries and groups that promote terrorism. OR, In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it stays out of other countries' affairs."

.

Confronts

Stays Out

Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 41 49 10    
   Republicans 64 29 7    
   Democrats 26 66 8    
   Independents 42 45 13    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 6-8, 2007. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you think the U.S. should or should not take military action in Pakistan if there is a chance to capture or kill high-ranking members of the terrorist group known as al Qaeda, if the government of Pakistan does not give the U.S. permission to do so?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

8/6-8/07

42 52 5    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 17-18, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How likely do you think it is that another terrorist attack causing large numbers of American lives to be lost will happen in the near future: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?"

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not Likely
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
7/17-18/07 43 38 11 3 4
1/24-25/06 38 42 14 3 4
7/12-13/05 33 42 12 5 8
4/03 23 43 24 5 5
3/03 29 46 17 4 4
2/03 38 43 11 3 5
1/03 31 46 13 4 6
12/02 37 39 13 4 7
4-5/02 33 43 14 5 5
2/02 28 45 18 5 4
10/01 33 38 16 6 7

.

"In the war against terrorism, do you think the Bush Administration has pursued Al Qaeda terrorists too aggressively or not aggressively enough?"

.

Too
Aggressively
Not
Aggressively
Enough
About Right
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
ALL adults 16 60 15 8  
   Democrats 23 61 7 9  
   Republicans 11 58 25 6  
   Independents 14 62 15 9  

Earlier polling on terrorism


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