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The Gallup organisation took a “snapshot” poll of Americans last night to find out what the American people thought about the daring raid on Osama bin Laden in Abbottaban, Pakistan. Unsurprisingly, there was overwhelming approval (93%) for the strike. Also as one would expect, the US military garnered huge approval for its successful execution of the mission. The CIA likewise got high marks for its intelligence gathering and planning. President Obama received good marks for making the decision to go forward.
From the Gallup release:
When Americans are asked how much credit they would give to Barack Obama, George W. Bush, the CIA, and the U.S. military for finding and killing bin Laden, the U.S. military and the CIA emerge as the big winners in the public’s eyes. Nearly 9 of 10 (89%) say the military deserves “a great deal of credit,” while 62% say the same about the CIA.
Americans are more reserved in giving credit to President Obama. 30-five per cent say he deserves a great deal of credit and another 36% say he deserves “a moderate amount” of credit. More than a quarter say he does not deserve much or any credit at all.
You can read the full report here.