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Support wanes for al Qaeda in Muslim countries

Osama bin Laden was killed May 1, 2011, by U.S. Navy Seals at his compound in Pakistan. (Source: CNN) Osama bin Laden was killed May 1, 2011, by U.S. Navy Seals at his compound in Pakistan. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - A survey released one day before the one-year anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden shows how widely unpopular the group is among Muslim countries.

The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project found that a majority of respondents in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey and Lebanon had "unfavorable" views of the terrorist group.

In Turkey and Lebanon, support was in the single-digits with 6 and 2 percent of Muslims in the country saying they had positive views on the group. Egypt was the most supportive of al Qaeda, with 21 percent of Muslims holding the group in a positive light. Still, 71 percent said they disapprove of the group.

In Jordan, only 15 percent were in favor of al Qaeda, while only 13 percent of Muslims in Pakistan held that view.

Interviewers on behalf of the Pew Research Center spoke to at least 1,000 Muslims in each of the five countries.

On May 1, 2011, U.S. Navy Seals killed bin Laden in a firefight at his million-dollar compound in Pakistan.

Bin Laden was identified by CIA specialists through photographs and DNA samples. At the time, he had a $25 million bounty on his head, provided by the FBI.

For his part in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, he was widely considered to be America's most wanted fugitive.

The event sparked celebrations across the country.

Surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2011 found bin Laden's popularity in seven Muslim countries waning from highs in 2003 and 2005. The largest drop was found in Jordan, where support had fallen from an all-time high of 61 percent in 2005 to just 13 percent in 2011.

By 2011, the most support for bin Laden came from Palestinian territories, where 34 percent of Muslims said they had confidence in the al Qaeda leader. Despite holding the highest percentage, support had declined by more than 30 percent from a high of 72 percent in 2003.

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