KILLINGAL-AWLAKIRAISESOBAMA’SAPPROVALONTERRORISM EIGHT POINTS
Last week, a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the English-speaking imam linked to several attempted terrorist attacks on the United States.Al-Awlaki was an American citizen, but that doesn’t bother many respondents inthe latest
/YouGov Poll. Asked whether the military should try to killU.S. citizens suspected of being terrorists, or arrest them to be tried in civiliancourts, 43% would have the suspect targeted; 36% would give the American sus-pect the Constitutional right to trial.
Should betargeted forkillingShould be triedin a courtof lawNot sure43%36%21%
Should terror suspects who are U.S. citizens be deliberately killed byU.S. military forces or should they be granted the constitutional rightgiven to U.S. citizens to be tried in a court of law?
Majorities of Republicans, conservatives, and those over 65 years old believe terrorsuspects should be killed, even if they are U.S. citizens. Men favor killing suchsuspects 51% to 32%, women divide 36% in favor and 39% opposed.As they did a year ago, Americans think any U.S. citizens captured as terror sus-pects should be treated as enemy combatants, not given the rights of U.S. citizens.Since Al-Awlaki’s death, the President’s approval rating for handling terrorism hasrisen, just as it did after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May. In this poll, 52%approve of the way President Obama is handling terrorism, up eight points from last
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