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Disapproval of closing Guantanamo facility reaches new high

By Jennifer Agiesta
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama's handling of the threat of terrorism continues to be a strong point, but on one of his most high-profile initiatives -- closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay -1 support has fallen off sharply.

After taking the oath of office one year ago today, Obama said, "We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals," and pledged to defeat "those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents."

One year later, a majority of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the threat of terrorism and his response to last month's attempted terrorist bombing of a plane bound for Detroit. But 56 percent, a new high, disapprove of Obama's decision to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, one of his first actions as president. About four in 10 (39 percent) approve of it.

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By Post Editor  |  January 20, 2010; 8:56 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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