August 19, 2005--Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who
maintained an anti-War protest outside of President Bush's ranch, is
viewed favorably by 35% of Americans and unfavorably by 38%.
Sheehan is viewed favorably by 34% of
men and 35% of women. Forty-two percent (42%) of men and 34% of
women have an unfavorable view.
Related survey data shows that 39%
of Americans say it is time to
troops from Iraq.
In general, people see in Sheehan what
they want to see. Opinion about her is largely based upon views of the
War, rather than views about the woman herself. Democrats, by a 56% to 18%
margin, have a favorable opinion. Republicans, by a 64% to 16%
margin, have an unfavorable view. Those not affiliated with either
major party are evenly divided.
People who think we should withdraw
troops from Iraq now have a positive opinion of Sheehan (59%
favorable, 12% unfavorable). Those who do not think we should
withdraw troops at this time have a negative view (15% favorable , 64%
Among those with family members who have
served in the military, Sheehan is viewed favorably by 31% and
unfavorably by 48%.
Forty-two percent (42%) of Married
Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Sheehan while 33% have a
favorable opinion. Among those who are not married, Sheehan's
numbers are 38% favorable and 30% unfavorable.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of Americans
say they are following the Sheehan story somewhat or very closely.
That is a lower level of interest than Americans have in stories
about Iran's nuclear capabilities. It is roughly comparable to the
interest in stories about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports August 17-18, 2005. The margin of
sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95%
level of confidence. 37% of survey respondents were Republican, 37%
Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)