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49% Say It's Possible for US Mission in Iraq to Succeed

Survey of 1,000 Adults

December 13-14, 2005

Think for a moment about the U. S. mission in Iraq. Regardless of whether or not you think success is likely, is it possible for the U. S. mission in Iraq to succeed?

Yes 49%
No 33%



December 15, 2005--Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans believe it is possible for the U.S. mission in Iraq to succeed.

A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 33% take the opposite view and believe that success is not possible.

The 33% who say victory is not possible is very close to the number who say President Bush should be impeached and removed from office.

Results by gender, age, party, income, and other demographic subsets are available for Premium Members.

Related survey data shows that pessimism about the situation in Iraq has declined in recent months. Data released earlier this month showed a nine-point increase in the percentage who believe the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror.

Republicans, by a 72% to 14% margin, believe victory in Iraq is possible. Democrats, by a 52% to 34%, margin say it is not.

Among those not affiliated with either major party, 44% believe success is possible while 33% believe it is not.

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Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, recently announced his view that it is impossible for the U.S. to succeed in Iraq. However, no mention of Dean or his comments was made in the survey.

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This survey of 1,874 Working Americans was conducted by Rasmussen Reports December 2-6, 2005.  The margin of sampling error is +/- 1 percentage point with a 95% level of confidence.

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