Poll Finds Differences on Whether Osama bil Laden Should Be Executed

WASHINGTON - A new poll finds Americans are in the minority in wanting Osama bin Laden killed if he's ever captured.

When asked in an AP-Ipsos poll whether they would prefer life-in-prison or the death penalty for the al-Quaida leader, nearly two-thirds in the U.S. want him executed.  A little over a third say prison.

In Mexico, just over half favor capital punishment and a third are for life behind bars.

But sentiment runs strongly toward prison in Britain, Canada, France and Germany.  And the same opinion holds in Italy, Spain and South Korea.  In some cases, the prison option is favored by a better than two-to-one margin.

The AP-Ipsos poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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