September 6, 2005--Americans today have a slightly less
favorable opinion of Cindy Sheehan than they did a few weeks ago. Today, the grieving mother who
maintained an anti-War protest outside of President Bush's ranch, is
viewed favorably by 31% of Americans. That's down from 35% in
Thirty-nine percent (39%) now have an
unfavorable view, little changed from 38% in the earlier survey.
Sheehan's numbers are a bit more positive than Michael Moore's ratings
(23% favorable) and roughly comparable to
Senator Ted Kennedy
(32% favorable). However, as an elected official with very high name
recognition, more people have an unfavorable opinion of
Kennedy than Sheehan.
Among those with close friends or family members
serving in Iraq, Sheehan is viewed favorably by 29% and
unfavorably by 48%.
The survey also found that 38% say now
is the time to withdraw troops from Iraq. That's essentially
unchanged from 39%
a couple of weeks
Nationally, 46% are opposed to
withdrawing troops from Iraq at this time. That figure includes 55%
of those with friends and family serving in Iraq at this time.
In general, people continue to see in Sheehan what
they want to see. People who think we should withdraw
troops from Iraq now have a positive opinion of Sheehan (58%
favorable, 12% unfavorable). Those who do not think we should
withdraw troops at this time have a negative view (10% favorable, 68%
Fifty-five percent (54%) of Americans
say they are following the Sheehan story somewhat or very closely.
By way of comparison, 88% are closely following stories of Hurricane
Katrina and its aftermath.
Following our earlier survey on Sheehan,
many of her supporters e-mailed to suggest that there must be
something wrong with the way we asked the question. For both
surveys, the question wording was very straightforward--"Do you have
a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of Cindy Sheehan." The
question before it was "How closely have you followed news stories
about Cindy Sheehan, the woman who was protesting the war along the
road to President Bush's ranch?"
Question wording and demographic cross-tabs available for
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports August 31- Sept 1, 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)