Gallup: Only 37 Percent of Pakistanis Believe Their Government Doing Enough to Fight Terrorism

By Terence P. Jeffrey | May 4, 2011 | 3:18 PM EDT

People gather on Tuesday, May 3, outside the wall of the compound where Osama bin Laden lived for as long as six years in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (The Associated Press)

( - Even before U.S. Navy SEALS swooped down in helicopters and killed Osama bin Laden in the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he had been living for as long as six years, only 37 percent of Pakistanis believed their government was doing enough to fight terrorism.

In a survey conducted in May 2010 but only published yesterday, Gallup asked 1,030 Pakistani adults: “Do you think the government is doing enough to fight terrorism or not?”

Only 37 percent said yes, while 47 percent said no.

Appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday, Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) wondered aloud how bin Laden could have lived for so long within a mile of a Pakistan military academy without being detected by the Pakistani government.

“Well, this is the question: How can the Pakistanis not know that for six years Osama bin Laden was living in this compound eight times bigger than anything else in the area within a mile of a major military academy?” said Feinstein.

“How can this happen?’ said Feinstein. “I mean, why would no one register curiosity about who was there unless somehow, some way, they were warned off and said, this is, you know, out of limits, nobody touch it, whatever happens there happens there. And we need to find that out.”