Osama bin Laden

May 9, 2011

Q. Do you think the death of Osama bin Laden will make the world a safer or less safe place or will it make no difference?

Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National Vote Greens
Make the world safer 12% 16% 12% 8%
Make the world less safe 19% 17% 20% 28%
Make no difference 63% 60% 65% 59%
Don’t know 6% 7% 2% 5%

The majority (63%) of respondents think that the death of Osama bin Laden will make no difference to making the world safer or less safe. 12% think it will make the world safer and 19% think it will make the world less safe.

28% of Greens voters and 23% of those aged 55+ think it will make the world less safe.

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Osama bin Laden

May 9, 2011

Q. Do you think the death of Osama bin Laden will result in less terrorism or more terrorism or will it make no difference?

Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National Vote Greens
Result in more terrorism 37% 32% 40% 40%
Result in less terrorism 7% 8% 7% 9%
Make no difference 48% 51% 48% 45%
Don’t know 8% 9% 5% 6%

About half (48%) think that the death of Osama bin Laden will make no difference to terrorism. However, 37% think it will result in more terrorism and only 7% think it will result in less terrorism. Views are broadly similar across demographic groups.

Greens and Liberal/National voters (40%) are a little more likely to think it will result in more terrorism than Labor voters (32%).

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