Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Gallup: Americans Credit Military, CIA For Bin Laden's Demise; Obama, Not So Much

Looks like the President has his PR work cut out for him.

He seems to be having trouble getting what you'd think would be default credit for taking down Osama bin Laden.
A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans give the U.S. military and the CIA a “great deal” of credit for finding and killing terrorist Osama bin Laden, while slightly over one-third give a “great deal” of credit to President Barack Obama for Bin Laden’s demise.

In the USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted on May 2, the day after Osama’s death was announced, Americans were asked, “How much credit do you give each of the following for the actions that led to the U.S. finding and killing Osama bin Laden?”

For those surveyed, 89 percent gave a “great deal” of credit for finding and killing Osama bin Laden to the U.S. military, and 62 percent gave a great deal of credit to the CIA.

Only 35 percent of Americans gave a great deal of credit to President Obama while 22 percent said former President George W. Bush merited a great deal of credit.

“Americans are more reserved in giving credit to President Obama,” stated Gallup in its analysis. “Thirty-five percent 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.”
Of course, no poll is complete without a handful of utter morons rounding out the sample.
Only 1 percent said the U.S. military deserved “not much” credit and also “none at all.”
I wonder if those were Media Matters staffers.

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