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Poll: Majority Rejects NYC Terrorist Trials

Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 03:16 PM

A majority of U.S. voters oppose the Obama administration’s decision to try the chief planner of the 9/11 attacks and other suspected terrorists in a civilian court in New York City, according to a new poll by Rasmussen reports.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds 51 percent are against bringing confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed to the Big Apple for trial.

Just 29 percent of voters favor the president’s decision not to try the suspects by military tribunal at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba where they are now imprisoned. Nineteen percent are not sure whether it was the right decision or not.

Only 30 percent of Americans said suspected terrorists should have access to U.S. courts, while 54 percent favored military tribunals in July 2008, as the first such tribunal got under way at Guantanamo, Rasmussen reported.

Yet 58 percent of voters now are at least somewhat confident that New York City will be safe and secure while the trials are going on. Thirty-eight percent are not very or not at all confident that New York will be safe during this period.

Read the full story at Rasmussen Reports.

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