A public opinion survey out today suggests that while Americans give President Obama the benefit of the doubt on how he's handling terrorism, they remain deeply divided on the best approach.
The poll released by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 50 percent of respondents approve of Obama's handling of terrorist threats, but that there is a huge partisan division: 66 percent of fellow Democrats, but only 26 percent of Republicans approve.
Also, 47 percent of Republicans say that Obama's policies make a terrorist attack more likely, while 76 percent of Democrats say the policies make a strike less likely.
And on his decision to eventually close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, 46 percent overall are in favor, but 64 percent of Democrats and only 19 of Republicans.
The poll, conducted Feb. 4-8, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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