Obama Losing Gitmo Fight

Remember that Rasmussen poll I posted last Tuesday, which showed that by a 49-38% margin, Americans disagreed with President Obama’s decision to shut down Gitmo?

Well, that margin has grown even wider over the past week, as has the margin between people who say they want or don’t want Gitmo detainees in their state. That margin was 57-28%, in favor of the “don’t want” crowd seven days ago.

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to closing the detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and moving some of the detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn’t be closed. By more than 3-1, they oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states.

In the survey, Americans were inclined to accept the argument by Cheney and former president George W. Bush that the detention center had made the United States safer. By 40%-18%, they said the prison had strengthened national security rather than weakened it. Those who want the prison to remain open feel more strongly on the subject that those who want to close it. A 54% majority of those polled say the prison shouldn’t be closed, and that they’ll be upset if the administration moves forward to close it.

Last month, Senate Democrats stripped $80 million to close Gitmo from a spending bill and blocked transfer of detainees to U.S. soil, at least for now.

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