The Washington Times - May 4, 2011, 12:33PM

Americans overwhelmingly endorse President Obama’s decision to kill Osama bin Laden and don’t believe a greater effort should have been made to bring the terrorist to trial, a new poll says.

Results of a Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday showed that 86 percent of American adults approved of the president’s decision to authorize the mission to kill bin Laden. Only five percent disapproved of the president’s action, while nine percent said they are undecided. 


Just 14 percent said the special operations forces involved in the weekend mission should have tried harder to capture bin Laden so that he could have been given a fair trial. Seventy-five percent disagreed and said there was no need for the Navy SEALs to try harder to capture the man behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Eleven percent said they weren’t  sure. 

The Rasmussen survey also shows that 65 percent of respondents gave the president good or excellent marks for the way he handled the hunt for bin Laden, while only 12 percent said he did a poor job.

The survey of 1,000 adults nationwide was conducted Monday and Tuesday. The margin of sampling error is plus/minus 3 percentage points.