August 21, 2005--Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans say
the U.S. should "withdraw its troops from Iraq at this time." A
Rasmussen Reports survey found that 46% disagree and 15% are not
Among those with family members who have
served in the military, 34% say it is time to bring home the troops.
Most in military families, 56%, disagree.
As with most questions concerning the
War, there are huge partisan differences. Democrats, by a 57% to 24%
margin, say it is time to bring home the troops. Republicans, by a
71% to 20% margin, disagree. Those not affiliated with either major
party are evenly divided.
earlier survey, asking a
related but distinct question, found that 44% placed a higher
priority on getting troops home than "finishing the mission in
Iraq." In that survey, 46% said finishing the mission was more
Related survey data showed that 35%
of Americans have a favorable opinion of
Cindy Sheehan and 38% have an
Forty-three percent (43%) of women and
34% of men say it is time to bring home the troops. Thirty-eight
percent (38%) of women and 54% of men disagree.
Americans say now is not the time to withdraw troops from Iraq by a
50% to 37% margin. Among those who are not married, opinion on this
question is closely divided.
When it comes to the overall
War on Terror,
confidence that the U.S. and its allies are winning has fallen to
the lowest level ever.
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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)