President Barack Obama has received an upward bump in the polls for his decision to eliminate Osama Bin Laden. The increase in his approval rating comes as no surprise when viewed beside Wednesday’s Rasmussen Reports survey on Americans’ opinion of the mission to get Bin Laden.
According to Rasmussen’s national telephone survey, 86 percent of Americans approve of the President’s authorization to kill bin Laden. 5 percent disapprove, while 9 percent are undecided.
An overwhelming number of Americans approve of the Navy SEALs’ execution of the mission. Just 14 percent believe that the SEALs should have tried harder to capture the terrorist and bring him to trial. 75 percent disagree and approve of the operation. 11 percent are not sure.
More Republicans approve of the President’s actions than Democrats and undecideds, but across all political demographics, approval is high. The bone of contention for those who disapprove is their desire to have seen Bin Laden captured and brought to trial.
Rasmussen polling released in the Fall showed that just 23 percent of Americans believed that killing or capturing Bin Laden would make America safer.