Strong majority oppose Obama hostage ransom rule change - 164 citizens

Jun 29, 2015

Diane Foley, mother of slain New Hampshire journalist James Foley, has criticized the federal government for blocking her family's efforts to save her son by raising ransom or speaking to the media. In light of President Obama’s recent announcement that will allow families to pay ransom for hostages taken by terrorists, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members to weigh in on the debate, posing the question, “Do you support President Obama's announcement that will allow families to pay ransom for hostages taken by terrorists?”

“Do you support President Obama's announcement that will allow families to pay ransom for hostages taken by terrorists?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Obama Hostage Ransom Rule NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 164 participants gave 348 responses

A total of 77% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 23% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 348 responses from 164 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 82%, opposed allowing families to pay ransom for hostages taken by terrorists.

  • “Once you pay, [terrorists] want more. It will not work.”
  • “Paying ransom to kidnappers will only encourage more kidnappings.”
  • “If you choose to go to dangerous areas, you take on the risk.”

Yes: A minority, at 18% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing families to pay ransom for hostages taken by terrorists.

  • “We'd all love to take the hard line, but when it's your child it's really hard to abandon all hope of their return in the name of country.  Blood is thicker than water.”
  • “If it were my child, I would do everything possible to obtain their freedom.”

Other: As noted above, 23% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Indecision: “This is surely a catch-22—damned if you do, damned if you don't. There is no guarantee that terrorists would turn your family member over at all—[it’s] risky at best.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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