Trend: As you may know, since 2001, the United States has held people from other countries who are suspected of being terrorists in a prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Do you think the United States should -- or should not -- close this prison and move some of the prisoners to U.S. prisons?

Which is more important for the U.S. to consider when Americans are held captive by terrorist groups -- [ROTATED: assuring the safe release of the American prisoners, even if it means working out some compromise on terrorist demands, (or) discouraging future prisoner-taking by refusing to deal with terrorist demands, even if that risks the lives of the American prisoners]?

Trend: Next, I am going to read you a list of possible threats to the vital interests of the United States in the next 10 years. For each one, please tell me if you see this as a critical threat, an important but not critical threat, or not an important threat at all. International terrorism

Trend: Thinking now about U.S. military action in Afghanistan that began in October 2001, do you think the United States made a mistake in sending military forces to Afghanistan, or not?


Who do you think is currently winning the war against terrorism -- [ROTATED: the U.S. and its allies, neither side, or the terrorists]?

U.S. and
its allies

Neither
side

The
terrorists

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Aug 11-14

42

46

9

5

2007 Jun 11-14

29

50

20

2

2006 Aug 18-20

35

44

18

3

2006 Jun 9-11

38

41

16

4

2006 Jan 20-22

41

42

14

3

2005 Aug 28-30 ^

34

42

23

1

2005 Jul 7-10

34

44

21

1

2005 Jun 24-26

36

41

20

3

2005 Jan 7-9

37

42

20

1

2004 Oct 9-10 ^

38

41

19

2

2004 Jul 19-21 ^

40

41

16

3

2004 Jan 12-15 ^

51

35

14

*

2003 Oct 10-12

42

42

13

3

2003 Jul 18-20

48

34

15

3

2003 May 19-21

54

32

11

3

2003 Apr 22-23

65

28

5

2

2003 Mar 3-5 ^

37

43

17

3

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2 ^

35

44

16

5

2002 Dec 5-8 ^

33

46

19

2

2002 Oct 14-17 ^

32

44

21

3

2002 Aug 5-8 ^

37

46

14

3

2002 Jul 5-8

39

43

16

2

2002 Jun 21-23

33

49

14

4

2002 May 28-29

41

35

15

9

2002 Apr 22-24

47

39

10

4

2002 Mar 22-24

51

35

12

2

2002 Mar 4-7

53

34

10

3

2002 Jan 7-9 ^

66

25

7

2

2001 Dec 6-9

64

28

5

3

2001 Nov 8-11 ^

53

33

11

3

2001 Oct 11-14

42

44

11

3

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think the Muslim world considers itself at war with the U.S., or not?

Yes, at war

No, not at war

No
opinion

%

%

%

2011 Aug 11-14

55

38

7

2002 Sep 2-4

60

33

7

2002 Mar 1-3

71

26

3

In general, how would you say things are going for the U.S. in Afghanistan -- [ROTATED: very well, moderately well, moderately badly, (or) very badly]?

Very
well

Moder-
ately
well

Moder-
ately
badly

Very
badly

No
opinion

Total
well

Total
badly

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

2011 May 5-8

6

45

33

12

4

51

45

2011 Mar 25-27

3

44

35

14

4

47

49

2010 Nov 19-21

3

42

38

16

2

45

54

2010 Jul 27-Aug 1

1

33

42

20

4

34

62

2010 Jul 8-11^

1

36

43

17

4

37

60

2009 Nov 20-22

2

30

45

21

2

32

66

2009 Aug 31-Sep 2

4

34

45

16

2

38

61

2009 Jul 10-12 ^

4

50

31

12

2

54

43

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1

4

40

38

14

5

44

52

2008 Aug 21-23 ^

6

35

39

16

4

41

55

2008 Jul 25-27

5

41

33

18

3

46

51

2006 Sep 15-17

6

43

30

16

5

49

46

^ Asked of a half sample

USA Today/Gallup poll asked on Gallup Daily tracking survey

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: the U.S. has accomplished its mission in Afghanistan and should bring its troops home, (or) the U.S. still has important work to do in Afghanistan and should maintain its troops there]?

Has
accomplished
mission

Still has
important
work to do

No
opinion

2011 May 5-8

59%

36

5

As you may know, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [ca-LEED SHAKE MOO-hum-id] has described himself as the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He is scheduled to face trial in New York City. Just your opinion, do you think it would better to have his trial in New York City or better to have it somewhere else?

New York City

Somewhere else

No opinion

%

%

%

2009 Nov 20-22

42

51

8

Do you think it would be better to hold Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's trial in a civilian criminal court or a military court?

Civilian
criminal
court

Military
court

No
preference
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2009 Nov 20-22

36

59

2

3

How likely do you think it is that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be found guilty -- very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?

Very
likely

Some-
what
likely

Not too
likely

Not at all
likely

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2009 Nov 20-22

71

20

4

2

3

How concerned are you that a trial will give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed publicity to further his cause -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?

Very
concerned

Some-
what
con-
cerned

Not too
concerned

Not
concerned
at all

No
opin-
ion

%

%

%

%

%

2009 Nov 20-22

34

25

21

18

1

If Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is found guilty, do you think he should or should not get the death penalty?

Should get
death penalty

Should not

No opinion

%

%

%

2009 Nov 20-22

77

18

5

As you may know, Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the U.S. government's use of harsh interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects during the Bush administration. From what you know or have read, do you approve or disapprove of this investigation?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2009 Aug 31-Sep 2

47

49

4

What effect do you think the Guantanamo Bay prison has had on U.S. national security? Do you think the prison has -- [ROTATED: strengthened U.S. national security, has not had much effect, (or has the prison) weakened U.S. national security]?

Strengthened

Not had
much effect

Weakened

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2009 May 29-31

40

37

18

5

Suppose the prison at Guantanamo Bay is closed. Would you favor or oppose moving some of those prisoners to a prison in your state?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2009 May 29-31

23

74

2

If you had to choose, which do you think is better for the U.S. -- [ROTATED: to keep a significant number of troops in Afghanistan until the situation there gets better, even if that takes many years, (or) to set a timetable for removing troops from Afghanistan and to stick to that timetable regardless of what is going on in Afghanistan at the time]?

Keep troops
until situation
gets better

Set timetable
for removing
troops

No
opinion

%

%

%

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1

48

47

5

(Asked of those who favor a timetable for removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan) For how many more years do you think the United States should have a significant number of troops in Afghanistan? [OPEN-ENDED]

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1

One year or less

34

Two years

31

Three years

14

Four-five years

10

More than five years

2

No opinion

9

Mean

2.9 years

Median

2 years

What should be the primary goal for the United States in Afghanistan -- [ROTATED: building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan (or) weakening terrorists' ability to stage attacks against the United States]?

Stable
democratic
government

Weaken
terrorists'
ability to
stage
attacks

Both
equally
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1

30

54

11

5

(vol.) = Volunteered response

If the United States and its allies withdrew their forces from Afghanistan, do you think Afghanistan will or will not fall under control of the Taliban?

Yes, fall under
Taliban control

No, will not

No opinion

%

%

%

2009 Jan 30-Feb 1

70

21

9

How satisfied are you with the way things are going for the U.S. in the war on terrorism -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not too satisfied, or not at all satisfied?

Very
satisfied

Some-
what
satisfied

Not too
satisfied

Not at all
satisfied

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2008 Sep 5-7 ^

11

41

23

24

1

2005 Aug 28-30 ^

13

38

20

29

*

2005 Jun 16-19

10

42

23

24

1

2005 Feb 4-6

19

45

21

14

1

2004 Oct 9-10 ^

16

37

21

26

*

2004 Sep 3-5 ^

16

43

22

18

1

2004 Aug 9-11 ^

14

42

24

19

1

2004 Jul 19-21 ^

15

40

21

23

1

2003 Sep 8-10

14

52

21

12

1

2003 Jan 31-Feb 2 ^

18

45

21

15

1

2002 Sep 2-4

14

61

18

6

1

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

(Asked of a half sample) Would you favor or oppose sending additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist operations in that country?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

59%

38

3

2007 Aug 3-5

56%

38

6

(Asked of a half sample) Would you favor or oppose moving U.S. troops from Iraq to Afghanistan in order to fight al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist operations in Afghanistan?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

57%

36

7

2007 Aug 3-5

52%

37

10

If you had to choose, which is the more important war for the United States -- [ROTATED: the war in Iraq (or) the war in Afghanistan]?

Iraq

Afghanistan

Both
equally (vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2008 Jul 25-27

38

44

10

8

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Suppose the United States had actionable intelligence about terrorist operations in Pakistan, and the Pakistani government was not taking action against the terrorists. Would you favor or oppose the United States taking military action against the terrorists in Pakistan?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

52%

42

6

(Asked of those who favor the United States taking military action against terrorists in Pakistan) Do you think U.S. should take this military action -- [ROTATED: only if the government of Pakistan supported it, (or should the U.S. take military action) regardless of whether or not the government of Pakistan supported it]?

COMBINED RESPONSES: BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS

2007 Aug 3-5

%

Favor military action against terrorists in Pakistan

52

(Only if government of Pakistan supported it)

(19)

(Regardless of whether or not the government of Pakistan supported it)

(30)

(Unsure)

(3)

Oppose military action against terrorists in Pakistan

42

No opinion

6

Do you consider -- [ITEMS ROTATED] -- to be part of the war on terrorism which began on September 11, 2001, or do you consider it to be an entirely separate military action?

A. The war in Iraq

Part of war
on terrorism

Separate
military action

No
opinion

2007 Jun 11-14

43%

53

3

Trends for comparison:

(Asked as a stand-alone question) -- Do you consider the war in Iraq to be part of the war on terrorism which began on September 11, 2001, or do you consider it to be an entirely separate military action?

Part of war
on terrorism

Separate
military action

No
opinion

%

%

%

2006 Sep 15-17

48

49

3

2006 Mar 10-12 ^

44

53

3

2005 Dec 16-18

43

55

2

2005 Jun 24-26 ^

47

50

3

2004 Oct 1-3

50

47

3

2004 Jul 19-21 ^

51

47

2

2004 Mar 26-28

50

48

2

2003 Aug 25-26

57

41

2

^ Asked of a half sample

If the United States goes to war with Iraq, would you consider that to be part of the war on terrorism which began on September 11th, or would you consider it to be an entirely separate military action?

Part of war
on terrorism

Separate
military action

No
opinion

2003 Jan 23-25

50%

48

2

2002 Sep 20-22

55%

42

3

B. The war in Afghanistan

Part of war
on terrorism

Separate
military action

No
opinion

2007 Jun 11-14

65%

32

3

How would you rate the way things are going for the United States in the war on terrorism? Would you say they are going -- very well, somewhat well, somewhat poorly, or very poorly?

Very
well

Somewhat
well

Somewhat
poorly

Very
poorly

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2007 Jan 5-7

13

47

22

17

2

2006 Sep 15-17

10

47

19

23

*

2005 Aug 5-7

10

41

26

22

1

2004 Aug 23-25

10

46

22

22

*

2003 Dec 5-7

12

53

22

12

1

* Less than 0.5%

What impact do you think this fall's elections will have on terrorism in the U.S.? Do you think the country -- [ROTATED: would be safer from terrorism if the Republicans keep control of Congress, would be safer from terrorism if the Democrats gain control of Congress], or would it not make a difference either way?

Safer if
Republicans
keep
control

Safer if Democrats
gain control

No
difference

No
opinion

2006 Sep 15-17

31%

21

44

3

Would you be willing -- or not willing -- to have the U.S. government do each of the following, if the government thought it were necessary to combat terrorism? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A

A. Assassinate known terrorists

Willing

Not willing

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

65%

33

2

2001 Oct 5-6

77%

20

3

B. Assassinate leaders of countries that harbor terrorists

Willing

Not willing

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

37%

59

4

2001 Oct 5-6

52%

45

3

C. Torture known terrorists if they know details about future terrorist attacks in the U.S.

Willing

Not willing

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

39%

59

2

2001 Oct 5-6

45%

53

2

D. Use nuclear weapons to attack terrorist facilities

Willing

Not willing

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

27%

72

1

2001 Oct 5-6

34%

64

2

Here is a list of possible interrogation techniques that can be used on prisoners. Do you think it is right or wrong for the U.S. government to use them on prisoners suspected of having information about possible terrorist attacks against the United States? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

BASED ON NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B

A. Forcing prisoners to remain naked and chained in uncomfortable positions in cold rooms for several hours

Right

Wrong

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

18%

79

3

B. Having female interrogators make physical contact with Muslim men during religious observances that prohibit such contact

Right

Wrong

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

12%

85

3

C. Threatening to transfer prisoners to a country known for using torture

Right

Wrong

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

35%

62

3

D. Threatening prisoners with dogs

Right

Wrong

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

29%

69

2

E. Strapping prisoners on boards and forcing their heads underwater until they think they are drowning

Right

Wrong

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

16%

82

2

F. Depriving prisoners of sleep for several days

Right

Wrong

No opinion

2005 Jan 7-9

49%

48

2

Do you think Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th terrorist attacks, or not?

[BASED ON 491 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A]

Yes, was involved

No, was not

No opinion

%

%

%

2004 Oct 1-3 ^

42

53

5

2004 Jun 21-23 ^

44

51

5

2003 Dec 15-16 ^

53

42

5

2003 Sep 19-21

43

50

7

2003 Mar 14-15 ^

51

41

8

2002 Aug 19-21 ^

53

34

13

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the planning of the September 11th terrorist attacks, or not?

[BASED ON 525 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B]

Yes, was involved

No, was not

No opinion

2004 Oct 1-3

32%

62

6

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: there have been no additional terrorist attacks since September 11th, 2001 because George W. Bush has been president, (or) there would have been no additional terrorist attacks since September 11th, 2001 regardless of who had been president]?

[BASED ON 524 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A]

No attacks
because Bush
is president

No attacks
regardless of
who was
president

No
opinion

2004 Aug 23-25

30%

61

9

Which comes closer to your view about where terrorists would be likely to target an attack against the United States -- [ROTATED: only in New York City and other big U.S. cities, (or) any place in the U.S.]?

Only New
York City
or big cities

Any place
in the U.S.

No
opinion

2004 Aug 23-25

31

67

2

Do you approve or disapprove of U.S. military action in Afghanistan?

BASED ON 510 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

%

%

%

2003 Dec 5-7 ^

71

25

4

2002 Sep 2-4

83

13

4

2002 Mar 8-9 †

91

7

2

2002 Jan 25-27

89

9

2

2001 Dec 6-9

88

9

3

2001 Nov 26-27

92

6

2

2001 Nov 2-4

86

11

3

2001 Oct 19-21

88

10

2

^ Based on a half sample

† WORDING: Do you approve or disapprove of the current U.S. military action in the war on terrorism?

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