Poll: Most Pakistanis Disapprove of Bin Laden’s Killing

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A recent poll shows that most Pakistanis disapprove of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The al-Qaida chief was killed by U.S. special forces in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2.

The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that 63 percent of Pakistanis disapproved of the bin Laden raid, while just 10 percent approved, and 27 percent were not sure.

Fifty-five percent of those polled found his death to be a bad thing, while just 14 percent saw it as good.

The poll, however, showed there was very little change in opinion of the United States, compared to before bin Laden's killing.

Just 12 percent of people polled recently had a favorable opinion of the U.S., compared to 11 percent before bin Laden was killed. Sixty-nine 69 percent of Pakistanis surveyed viewed the U.S. as more of an enemy, compared to 68 percent of those polled before the terror mastermind was killed.

Meanwhile, despite waning support for the Pakistani's army's fight against extremists, only 12 percent of those surveyed had a positive view of al-Qaida and the Taliban. Low levels of support were also given to the Afghan Taliban as well as to Tehrik-i-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, both of which are based in Pakistan.