Exclusive: Pakistan had to know bin Laden was there, most Americans say
According to a Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll, 72 percent of Americans agree that 'Pakistan knew all along' where bin Laden was hiding. Less than a third favor declaring 'mission accomplished' in Afghanistan.
At the same time, following Mr. bin Laden’s death, nearly half of them say the US should “stay on course” in Afghanistan and prevent it from again becoming a base for international terrorist operations. Less than a third of Americans say the demise of Al Qaeda’s leader is reason enough to declare “mission accomplished” and accelerate America’s exit.
Those are among the findings of a Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll conducted over three days following the announcement of bin Laden’s death late Sunday. The poll, released the same day President Obama traveled to New York to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site – emblem of the terrorist chief’s heinous acts – registered a significant boost in perceptions of Mr. Obama as a leader.
The poll found a seven percent jump in Americans who consider the president to be a “strong” or “very strong” leader compared with last month – from 32 percent (April 11) to 39 percent.
On the other hand, the poll registered only a small increase, 2 percent, in Obama’s over-all job approval rating – a finding that contrasts with the much larger bump the president enjoyed in a New York Times/CBS poll also released Thursday. The Monitor poll’s margin of error was 4.6 percent.
'Pakistan knew all along'
According to the poll, 72 percent of Americans agree with the statement that "Pakistan knew all along" where bin Laden was hiding. Only 14 percent disagreed, while 13 percent were not sure.