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Post-ABC Poll: The FBI's Role in the McVeigh Case

Tuesday, May 22, 2001

This Washington Post - ABC News survey was conducted by telephone May 16-20, 2001, among a random national sample of 1,027 adults. The results have a 3.1 -point error margin. Fieldwork by TNS Research of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. As you may know, Timothy McVeigh has been sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Do you support or oppose the death penalty for McVeigh?

                                     
          
           Support     Oppose    No opin.   
5/20/01      75         17          8

2. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI?

          -------Favorable-------    ------Unfavorable------
           NET    Very    Somewhat    NET    Very    Somewhat   No opin
5/20/01     53     NA        NA       35      NA       NA          12
5/14/95     82     34        48        9       6        3           9

3. Overall, how confident are you in the FBI's ability to do its job - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?

        --------Confident----  ------Not Confident------  No 
        NET  Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too  Not at all opin.
5/20/01 82   28       54       16      10       6          2

4. McVeigh's execution has been delayed because the FBI failed to give his defense lawyers investigative records they should have received. Do you think the FBI failed to deliver these records accidentally, or on purpose?

 	  Accidentally     On purpose     No opin.
5/20/01         54              32            14

5. Do you think this problem is or is not serious enough to throw out McVeigh's conviction and give him a new trial?

                                
	   Yes    No    No opinion
5/20/01     21    72         8
 

6. Apart from his conviction, do you think this problem is or is not serious enough to throw out McVeigh's death sentence and give him a new sentencing trial, at which he could receive either a new death sentence or a life term?

           
	    Yes    No    No opinion
5/20/01     26    66         8

7. Do you think the FBI's handling of these McVeigh documents is an isolated incident, or a sign of deeper problems at the FBI?

           Isolated     Sign of deeper     No   
           incident        problems       opin. 
5/20/01       38              52           10

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