Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18194

Geography Surveyed: USA 50 States
Data Collected: 05/02/2011
Release Date: 05/03/2011 10:30 AM ET
Sponsors: KABC-TV Los Angeles, KATU-TV Portland, KFSN-TV Fresno, KGTV-TV San Diego, KING-TV Seattle, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KWCH-TV Wichita, SurveyUSA America's Pollster, WABC-TV New York, WFLA-TV Tampa

Just Like That, 60% Say USA Winning War on Terror, Up from 41% Before Capture of Bin Laden:

A majority of Americans say the USA is winning the war on terror, in 9 separately but simultaneously conducted SurveyUSA polls -- 1 nationwide and 8 regional - fielded 05/02/2011 after the death of Osama bin Laden was announced. 60% of Americans nationwide today say the USA is winning the war on terror, compared to 18% who say the terrorists are winning. When SurveyUSA asked the identical question nationwide in August 2006, 41% said the USA was winning, 45% said the terrorists were winning.

Americans 2:1 agree with the decision to bury Bin Laden's body at sea. An overwhelming majority sees Al Qaeda as still a threat.

Long-term, a plurality of Americans think the death of Bin Laden will make the world a safer place, but this was short of a majority in all 9 of the geographies polled. In the immediate short-term, a plurality thinks the death will make no difference as to whether the world is more dangerous, or safer.

SurveyUSA has asked the question "Who is winning the war on terror" continuously over the past decade. The highest percentage saying the USA is winning the war was 63%, recorded in greater Tulsa, Oklahoma 09/02/04. The lowest percentage saying the USA is winning the war was 28% in New York State, 01/30/06, and 29%, in greater San Francisco, 07/07/05 and again on 09/08/06.


This nationwide survey includes cell-phone and landline respondents. SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide 05/02/11. 23% of respondents use cell phones to make most or all of their phone calls. 77% were interviewed on their home phones using recorded voice. Regional polls of 500 adults each were separately but simultaneously conducted in greater New York City, greater Los Angeles, greater San Francisco, Washington state, greater Tampa Bay, greater San Diego, greater Fresno, and greater Wichita. A total of 5,000 interviews were completed in the 9 separate pieces of research.

1
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.2%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?

46% Approve
42% Disapprove
11% Not Sure

2
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.1%

Who is winning the war on terror? The United States? Or the terrorists?

60% United States
18% Terrorists

3
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.2%

All things considered, has the war in Iraq been worth fighting? Or not?

36% Worth Fighting
46% Not Worth Fighting
19% Not Sure

4
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.2%

All things considered, has the war in Afghanistan been worth fighting? Or not?

45% Worth Fighting
37% Not Worth Fighting
18% Not Sure

5
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.1%

Was the decision by the United States to bury Osama bin Laden at sea the right decision? Or the wrong decision?

56% Right
25% Wrong
19% Not Sure

6
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.2%

In the immediate short-term, will the death of Osama bin Laden make the world be a more dangerous place? A safer place? Or will it make no difference?

25% More Dangerous
32% Safer Place
34% No Difference
8% Not Sure

7
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.2%

Long-term, will the death of Osama bin Laden, result in the world becoming a more dangerous place? A safer place? Or will it make no difference?

12% More Dangerous
48% Safer Place
32% No Difference
8% Not Sure

8
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 2.2%

Is Al-Qaeda still a threat to America? Or no longer a threat?

86% Still a Threat
5% No Longer a Threat
9% Not Sure

9
  Asked of 1000 Adults
  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.1%

Is it appropriate to celebrate the death of Bin Laden? Or is it insensitive?

62% Appropriate
22% Insensitive
16% Not Sure

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