Americans Split Over 9/11 Trials

Half want accused tried in criminal courts, half are in favor of military tribunals...

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A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that some people think that feds should be able to try 9/11 conspirators in New York while others think military tribunals are the cats pajamas. From the Washington Post:

"Q. Would you rather have suspects accused of involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks put on trial in the federal court system in the United States, or in a military tribunal set up for that purpose?

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SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted Nov. 12-15 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 47 percent say suspects accused of involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks should be tried in the U.S. federal court system, while as many, 48 percent, say they prefer military tribunals set up for that purpose.

Also typical is the evident partisan split on the matter: 61 percent of Democrats would rather see trials in civilian courts, with 58 percent of Republicans preferring the military route. Independents tilt 53-42 toward military tribunals.

In previously released data, 53 percent of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing handling the threat of terrorism; 41 percent disapprove. Approval of the way he is dealing with the issue peaks among Democrats at 77 percent, slides to 46 percent among independents and 33 percent among Republicans."

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