Poll Results Show Two-Thirds of Americans Agree with bin Laden Death Photo Decision

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Although some see the failure to release the photos of the deceased Osama bin Laden as a cover-up or conspiracy, a new NBC News Poll released on Monday indicates the majority of people agree with the decision.

In the poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans back President Barack Obama's decision not to withhold the photos taken after Osama bin Laden's death.
Fifty-two percent said they "strongly believe" the Obama administration should not release the photos, while an additional 12 percent agreed as well, although not as strongly.

Appearing on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Obama, when questioned, answered about the pictures. He said that "We discussed this, internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We've done DNA sampling and testing. And so, there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who is shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. You know, that's not who we (the U.S.) are."

Last week, President Obama, announcing the decision to withhold the photographs, said that he did not waht the United States to appear excessively celebratory, or to do anything that might eventually endanger American troops or its citizens. “We don’t need to spike the football, and I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk."

Meanwhile, eighty percent of those surveyed for the poll said they supported the decision to kill the leader of Al-Qaida. Only some 11 percent said that they felt bin Laden should not have been killed. At the same time, another 9 percent said they were unsure.

On "60 Minutes," Obama said, “The one thing I didn't lose any sleep over was the possibility of taking out bin Laden. Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn’t deserve what he got needs to have their head examined.”

The full results of the survey will be released Monday night. It was conducted by Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. The survey involved 800 adults (100 of whom were reached by cell phone). It was conducted from May 5 through May 7. The survey is reported to have an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points.

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