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  12% Say US Troop Withdrawal Will Stop Terror Attacks

Survey of 1,000 Adults

August 23-24, 2005

Think for a moment about the recent attacks on the London subways and busses.  If the United States withdraws all of its troops from Iraq, will terrorists stop making such attacks?

Yes 12%
No 71%


If the United States withdraws all of its troops from Iraq, will that make things better or worse in Iraq?

Better 20%
Worse 54%
No Impact 15%



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The survey also found that 54% of Americans believe the situation will get worse in Iraq if U.S. troops are withdrawn.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.

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A recent Rasmussen Reports 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 unfavorable view.

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)

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