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49% Say Iraq Part of War on Terror

39 Say it's a Distraction

Survey of 500 Adults

June 30, 2005 

War with Iraq

Part of War on Terror 49%
Distraction from War on Terror 39%


Iraq will become a peaceful nation enjoying freedom and democracy...

Very Likely 17%
Somewhat Likely 30%
Not Very Likely 36%
Not At All Likely 13%


Which is More Important?

Getting Troops Home 44%
Insuring Iraq become peaceful and free 46%



July 1, 2005--Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans say that the War with Iraq is part of the War on Terror. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 39% disagree and consider Iraq a distraction from the Terror War.

Republicans, by a 79% to 15% margin, say Iraq is part of the War on Terror. Democrats, by a 60% to 24% margin, say it's a distraction. Those not affiliated with either major party are evenly divided.

The overall figures have remained relatively stable--a year ago 52% of Likely Voters said Iraq was part of the War on Terror while 41% disagreed.

The survey also found that Americans are getting a bit more optimistic about long-term prospects for Iraq.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans now say it is somewhat or very likely that "Iraq will become a peaceful nation enjoying freedom and democracy." That's up from 41% a year ago.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans say that such a positive outcome for Iraq is unlikely. That's down from 55% a year ago.

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While perceptions of Iraq's prospects have improved slightly, the survey also found that Americans are placing a higher priority on getting U.S. soldiers home. Today, 46% say it is more important to insure success in Iraq than to get our troops home as soon as possible. Forty-four percent (44%) take the opposite view and see getting the troops home as our top priority.

A year ago, 51% ranked success in Iraq as the top priority while 39% said it was more important to get the troops home.

At various times over the past two years, Rasmussen Reports has asked different questions about the importance of bringing home U.S. soldiers as soon as possible. In some cases, we have used the question wording from the current survey. At other times, we have asked about a trade-off between "finishing the mission" in Iraq and bringing the troops home.

Support for "finishing the mission" is several percentage points higher than support for insuring success in Iraq. This suggests that a segment of the population does not believe our mission requires the U.S. to insure a free, democratic, and peaceful Iraq.

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information. Other recent surveys on related topics include:

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This survey of 500 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports June 30, 2005.  The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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