Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Support For Gitmo Closing Eroding

Guantanamo Bay holding cells

Here's another reason why the U.S. Senate may have voted against funding President Obama's planned closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Constituent support of the plan is less than overwhelming.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 49 percent of Americans oppose closing Gitmo. And that only 38 percent actually agree with the president's decision.

Perhaps even more politically revealing: 57 percent do not want any Gitmo detainees in their backyard. Meaning anywhere on the U.S. homeland.

The president may be right that closing Guantanamo Bay will improve the nation's security (though the survey finds that most Americans disagree with that too). But he may find this item on his ambitious agenda politically unpalatable and unattainable.

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