August 26, 2005--Just 12% of Americans believe that
withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq will stop terror attacks like the
summer bombings in London. A
Rasmussen Reports survey found that 71% disagree and say that troop
withdrawal will not lead to an end of terrorist attacks.
The survey also found that 54% of
Americans believe the situation will get worse in Iraq if U.S.
troops are withdrawn. Twenty percent (20%) take the opposite view
and believe the situation
will get better.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of men believe
a troop withdrawal will make the situation worse. That view is
shared by 48% of women.
There is a sharp partisan difference on
this question. By a 4-to-1 margin, both Republicans and those not
affiliated with either major party say a troop withdrawal now will
make the situation worse in Iraq.
Democrats are more closely divided.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of those in Harry Reid's party believe
things will get better in Iraq if U.S. troops leave. Thirty-seven
percent (37%) say they will get worse.
survey found that 39% of Americans say now is the time to withdraw
from Iraq. Forty-six percent (46%) say it is not.
Thirty-five percent (35%)
of Americans have a favorable opinion of anti-War protester
Cindy Sheehan and 38% have an
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 23-24, 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)