Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama gets credit for bin Laden death, but not by much

May 3, 2011

President Barack Obama gave the order for a daring raid on a compound inside Pakistan in which the most wanted man on earth was killed, but only 32 percent of Americans say he deserves the most credit for Osama bin Laden’s death.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 13 percent of Americans gave former President George W. Bush credit, while 25 percent said neither.

Most Americans, 52 percent, said the killing of bin Laden in the Sunday secret operation did not change their view about Obama’s leadership, while 39 percent said it improved their view and 10 percent said it worsened theirs.

Their views on Obama’s handling of the war on terrorism had a similar breakdown — 50 percent unchanged, 42 percent improved and 7 percent worsened.

The successful raid most changed the public’s view of the performance of  U.S. intelligence agencies — 66 percent improved — and the military — 64 percent improved.

The poll was conducted on May 2, the day after Obama announced bin Laden was dead. It surveyed 1,010 adults online.

Photo credit: Reuters/White House handout (Obama in meeting in Situation Room discussing bin Laden mission)








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