Poll: Americans were skeptical bin Laden would be captured or killed

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Count me in as one who thought we'd never get him. Not griping about being pleasantly surprised though.

Washington (CNN) – Prior to the killing of Osama bin Laden, polls indicate Americans had become increasingly skeptical that the terrorist leader would be captured or killed.

Soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 78 percent of the public thought it was likely that the founder and leader of al Qaeda would be captured or killed, with only 21 percent of the public saying it was unlikely that bin Laden would be captured or killed.

The number who said it was unlikely bin Laden would be captured or killed rose to 67 percent by September of last year, the most recent time the question was asked in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll. At the time, only three in ten said it was likely that bin Laden would be captured or killed.

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