NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University Students React to News of Bin Laden’s Death

Eighty-six percent of one Pace professor’s students are concerned about a potential increase in terrorist attacks following Osama Bin Laden’s death.

NEW YORK, NY, May 2, 2011 – Pace University political science professor David A. Caputo, Ph.D. polled 40 of his students today regarding the news of Bin Laden’s death.

“The results in my first class today were interesting,” Caputo said. “There is a lot of disbelief and lack of support for President Obama.” Below are some of the most striking results. Complete list of questions follows.

  • 86% are concerned about increased terrorist attacks.
  • 61% disagree with burial at sea.
  • 43% believe all or some of president’s account of what happened is not true.
  • 57% feel Obama does not deserve credit for the death.
  • 57% feel this will restore US reputation; 43% feel it will not.
  • 23% lost respect for Obama as a result of this and 32% have gained respect.
  • 50% more likely to vote for him as a result and 45% more likely to vote against him in 2012.


  1. What time was it when you heard the news about Osama Bin Laden’s death?
  2. How did you learn of Osama Bin Laden’s death?
  3. Is there any doubt in your mind that Bin Laden is dead?
  4. Do you believe the President’s account of what happened?
  5. How do you feel about the decision to bury the body at sea?
  6. How would you describe your feelings towards President Obama since the announcement?
  7. How would you describe your feelings toward the American military since the announcement?
  8. As a result of this announcement, how do you feel about voting for President Obama in 2012?
  9. President Obama deserves a lot of credit for the death of Bin Laden?
  10. How do you think this announcement will affect the 2012 presidential race?
  11. I am concerned about increased terrorist attacks in the US as a result of this announcement.
  12. This announcement will help restore America’s reputation around the world.

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