WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fresh off the news that Osama bin Laden is planning an imminent address to the American people, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicates that, for the first since 9/11, a majority of Americans thinks the U.S will be unable to capture or kill the al-Qaeda leader.
The poll reports 54 percent of Americans do not have confidence bin Laden will be killed or captured, while 42 percent do.
The percentage of Americans who think the U.S. will capture or kill bin Laden has steadily decreased since the 9/11 attacks.
In 2001, 78 percent of Americans were confident bin Laden would be captured or killed, compared to 66 percent in 2004 and 58 percent in 2006.
The poll, conducted on August 6-8, interviewed 1,029 Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.