Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages, poll shows

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans say governments shouldn’t pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for the release of hostages, a new poll shows.

The Reuters-IPSOS poll has 62 percent of adults who were surveyed saying they agree with U.S. and British policies that prohibit paying ransoms.

Islamic State militants had previously requested a multimillion-dollar ransom for the release of American journalist James Foley. He was killed last week when he was brutally beheaded on video.

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