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Q-Poll: 76% Say Treat Abdulmutallab as Enemy Combatant

2:25 PM, Feb 10, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A Quinnipiac poll shows that "The suspect who allegedly tried to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day should be tried as an enemy combatant rather than as an ordinary criminal, voters say 76 - 19 percent." Those in the Obama administration might point to the poll's one shred of evidence that voters back the administration's approach--that 52 percent of voters support reading a Miranda warning to Abdulmutallab. But it seems like the question's wording may have inflated this number:

As you may know, the accused Christmas Day attacker was advised of his right to remain silent by the FBI. Do you approve or disapprove of the accused Christmas Day attacker being advised of his right to remain silent?

The question implies that Abdulmutallab has a right to remain silent--it doesn't ask whether he has a right to a Miranda warning in the first place. If someone already has a right, of course they ought to be advised of it.

The poll also shows that voters "say 68 - 25 percent that terrorism suspects should not receive all of the constitutional protections afforded by a civilian trial."

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