We've now released three stories with findings from the survey we conducted in Pakistan in the week after the death of Osama bin Laden. Using the infrastructure from our global worldwide research, we were able to move quickly to survey 1,004 Pakistanis May 9-12, 2011, in both urban and rural areas across all four provinces in Pakistan. Pakistanis' responses reveal pride in their national sovereignty but also measurable skepticism about what Pakistan's intelligence and national government knew.
Here's a summary of some key findings:
- 64% disapproved of the U.S. operation that resulted in the death of bin Laden, while 10% approved, 23% were still unaware of the incident, and 3% did not have an opinion.
- 52% who were aware of the operation said bin Laden should have been captured, rather than killed, and 29% said he should have been neither captured nor killed.
- 85% who were aware disapproved that it was carried out inside Pakistan without the government's knowledge.
- 49% who were aware believed members of Pakistani intelligence did not know bin Laden's location, while a sizable 31% thought at least some members knew.
- 65% who were aware said they did not believe the U.S. could have conducted the operation without the knowledge of the Pakistani government or intelligence services.
- 64% who were aware said it made them have a more negative opinion of the U.S.
- 79% who were aware said the U.S. should now withdraw from Afghanistan, while 14% said U.S. troops should stay in the country.
- 85% of all Pakistanis disapproved of U.S. leadership, an all-time high since Gallup started measuring this; 10% approved.
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