CNN Poll: Majority in U.S. say bin Laden in hell
May 4th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority in U.S. say bin Laden in hell

Washington (CNN) - Of all the newspaper headlines covering the death of Osama bin Laden, the most provocative may have been the New York Daily News.

Their "Rot in Hell" Monday headline, with a full front-page photo of bin Laden, was mentioned by the cable news networks and generated buzz on the on-line social networks.

So do Americans think that the founder and leader of the al Qaeda terrorist network is now in hell?

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday, 61 percent of the public says yes, with one in ten saying no and nearly a quarter unsure.

"Not all Americans believe in hell - a point of view reflected in the relatively large number of 'don't know' responses - and many religions don't include punishment in an afterlife as part of their teachings," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Nonetheless, the six in ten who say bin Laden is in hell reflects how strongly many Americans feel that bin Laden was an evil figure."

"This is one question on which there is little partisan division - at least six in ten Democrats, independents and Republicans all believe bin Laden is in hell," adds Holland.

The survey was conducted Monday, one day after the president's announcement that the al Qaeda founder and leader was shot and killed by U.S. forces during a raid in Pakistan.

Seven-hundred national adults were questioned by telephone for the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Osama bin Laden • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The stupidity of this poll and its' respective line of questioning is astounding.
    Truly. HELL???

    May 4, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. PalmReader

    The man is dead. Enough said.

    May 4, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Jake

    ease up on the rejoicing,
    even though justice may have been served – how can our nation rejoice in evil for evil?

    May 4, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. ja

    by the same token, the majority of americans will be alongside bin laden in hell, america the beautiful has inherent flaws also

    May 4, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    More important is that he is not here anymore. And even more important going forward is that other terrorists and would-be terrorists know that he is not here anymore because of the choices he made. And even Pakistan could not protect him in the end.

    May 4, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't know whether Osama is in hell or not, I'm more concerned where my soul will rest and I'm not a terrorist. I believe that all things are left up to our creator.

    May 4, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Tulsa

    Hell? Really?
    Fish food is what he is and that's fine with me.

    May 4, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Logic

    I thought he was feeding the fish in the Arabian sea. I don't think Hell would take him anyway.

    May 4, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. shoegazer

    June 5,2006 – "The FBI gathers evidence.Once evidence is gathered,it is turned over to the Department of Justice.The Department of Justice then decides wether it has enough evidence to present to a Federal Grand Jury.In the case of the 1998 United States Emabassies being bombed,bin Laden has been formally indicted and charged by a Grand Jury.He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connected bin Laden to 9/11". – Rex Tomb,Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI.

    May 4, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Realistic

    Bin Laden is dead and thats wonderful news. I'm glad he is dead and I don't care if he war unarmed or not. I'm glad they shot him in the face and blew part of his skull off. Hes an animal who deserved what he got. And to all those who say he was unarmed and he was shot dead, I say thats also great news. If he war armed he could of killed one more american before they shot this animal down. Glad he was unarmed so he couldn't harm another american and he is dead and thats all that matters in the end. Now to the rest of the terrorists, your time in coming, no place to hide and you can't wait us out.

    May 4, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. rosaadriana

    That is funny, I guess you have to assume there is a heaven or hell for the question to be even relevant. It is pretty confusing for rational thinkers to see all the death and destruction caused by magical thinking.

    May 4, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. MikeMazzla

    Ridiculous story. May as well say majority of Americans believe in the tooth fairy. The guys dead thats it. he is not wearing raggedy clothes in hell and if there was a hell wouldnt satan like a guy like this? The whole thing is ludicrous

    May 4, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    yea think...... how many lives has this monster effected ... yes he is in hell....

    May 4, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. GabeNtx

    Hate cannot drive out hate...Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence.

    May 4, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    How many of you think this type of headline makes the country more secure?

    May 4, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. GrogInOhio

    The dude is dead. That's quite satisfaction enough, without the fairy tales.

    May 4, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. The Other Michael in Houston

    Wow reallt CNN? Well according you guliable so called Christians, as long as he repented his sins and accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, then he is in heaven. Religion is stupid.

    May 4, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Desi

    This has got to be the most brain-dead poll topic I've seen in a while. What is this, the Middle Ages?

    May 4, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. concerned liberal

    News flash: "Rot in Hell" is a saying – surely this is not that slow a news day.

    I suppose if a headline appeared that said "The new program will cost AN ARM AND A LEG" CNN would run a poll to ask right or left arm and leg?

    May 4, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. dinak

    Liberals do not believe in a Hell. Time recently ran a cover about it. Who did you survey – conservative Christians?

    May 4, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Kenny

    NEWS FLASH................. Residents of HELL refuse to allow entry of bin Laden. He has been sent on to down to Mexico to reside until such time as a place for him can be constructed just south of HELL.

    May 4, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I hear he got to heaven's gate and was met by Allah who said "What the hell were you thinking??!! No 77 virgins for you, forever! The elevator down is to your left."

    May 4, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. dmcd

    This is the dumbest poll question ever. Can we please focus on things that matter?

    May 4, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. T

    That is his judgment.....that judgment is with GOD not us..........

    May 4, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Me

    really? Who was stupid enough to pay for polling to find out if Osama is in hell?!? Who was stupid enough to do the poll? Oh sweet Jesus help this nation

    May 4, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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