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
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.
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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