September 7th, 2007
08:55 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Majority thinks Bin Laden will avoid capture

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.

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  1. Proud Primate, Portland Maine

    Nice list, Henry. I see you posted it twice, just to make sure it got the eyeballs.

    You know it reminds me of the list of hijackers that was miraculously provided within hours of the 9/11 events, though not a single Muslim name appeared on any of the flight manifests on any of the hijacked aircraft. CNN posted those manifests at:

    Remarkable how quickly the FBI found the names after being so totally clueless up to the events themselves.

    Remarkable also how seven of the supposed hijackers have been shown to be still alive. (See, for example, )

    One of them, Satam M.A. Al Suqami, was believed to be aboard the first plane to hit the WTC. Although the "indestructible" black boxes were "never found", remarkably, Al Suqami's passport fluttered safely to the sidewalk, thus proving he was on board.

    Don't you love lists?

    September 7, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Radio Head, Minneapolis

    Republican script: "It's all Clinton's fault . (Stifle yawn.) Our national security requires wishing and praying that nothing further happens to us until these incompetents are voted out in 2008.

    September 7, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Vince AZ

    After reading 94 comments, it seems that six years of hindsight is providing 20/20 vision. (at least for about 70% of us). But the point is... now that it is getting harder to scare the public, EXPECT an attack to put is back in place....

    September 7, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. Bob Lamb

    Bin Laden is probably sitting back in a Lazy boy chair in Downtown Washington watching himself on CNN. Just my guess since no one else can find the guy. Our media gives a video from this guy first hand coverage. I personally could care less about what Bin Laden has to say. If he had any guts he would be out in the open but as we all know this guy hides in caves and has an army of body guards. There is the to often news stories that the guy has died but this cat with more than 9 lives does unfortunately live on each time. His time is coming. We will get him.

    September 8, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. SteveG, WV

    Was this not the reject that admitted to 9/11 and didn't BUSH decide to go somewhere else instead of approaching the problem fully and getting the job done which would mean to capture him. Hmmm...I don't know??

    September 8, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. Robert Leadbetter Hollywood,FL

    I have said this before and I'm saying it again. As long as George W. is president Bin Laden will not be killed. If Al Gore or John Kerry would have been elected, Bin Laden would be dead today. If they can find Saddam Hussein in a hole dug in someones back yard they can find bin Laden. Robert of Hollywood

    September 9, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Faizal Deen Forrester, Seoul, South Korea

    One of the most excruciating and frustrating realities, quite real to non-Americans, is the possible fact that Osama bin Laden, as he now exists, remains nothing but a manufactured image, packaged, fuelled and in essence constructed by an alarmist media. It is quite something when the wealthiest nation on earth, which also houses dubious achievements in literacy and medical standards, accepts sound-bites and casual images as proof of a credible threat to their country and people. Has anyone watched any one of these so called Osama bin Laden videos? Are the unedited versions of these video messages available to just anyone? Are you sure this is not some actor pretending to be someone we're not even sure existed in the first place or at least in the incarnations attested to by the American intelligence machine? No wonder the world despises this country. And, nothing anyone can say changes people's minds. Trust me, I have visited 15 countries and dozens of cities, villages and towns in the past two years and America is despised. Osama bin Laden t-shirts are quite common in moderate Islamic countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia and no one believe any of the rhetoric around Terror and Terrorism because at least 4 billion people view the so called terrorists as freedom fighters who history will vindicate in the way the ANC has been in South Africa.
    But none of what I have said is anything new. There are those Americans who will work hard to change international perceptions of America because these people recognize that we do indeed share a planet. But, the majority, who can't even find Burma/Myanmar on the map, will continue only caring about one thing, "kicking ass."

    September 9, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. Danny Boy TN

    When you're an asset to the CIA and US Gov't of course you arent gonna be found. We funded and trained the taliban and Al CIA Duh anyways. He is the boogie man. Anytime the pres gets in a jam, mr. Bin Laden seems to release a tape?? Hmmm there is some food for thought. its bad enought Bush and his family used to vacation with Bin Ladens family back in the 70's. One word OIL buddies. Of course none of the MSM will tell you that. for more great info. Wake up or Waco

    September 10, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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