October 25, 2005--Fifty-three percent
(53%) of Americans now say that getting U.S. soldiers home as soon
as possible is more important than making sure "Iraq becomes a
peaceful nation enjoying freedom and democracy." This is the first
time that a majority of Americans have held that view.
The Rasmussen Reports survey also shows
that just 38% insuring a peaceful and free Iraq is the top priority.
47% said getting the troops home was more important while 43%
focused on finishing the mission.
The six percentage point increase in the
number wanting to bring home the troops comes despite the fact that 54%
of Americans believe that
withdrawing U.S. troops will make things worse in Iraq. That figure
is unchanged from last month.
Thirty percent (30%) of Americans
believe the recent vote on an Iraqi constitution will lead to
increased violence. Only 17% believe it will reduce violence, while
35% say it will have no impact.
Forty-four percent (44%) of Americans
view the U.S. military as a liberating force in Iraq. Thirty-eight
percent (38%) view them as an occupying force.
Republicans, by a 68% to 17% margin,
overwhelmingly view the U.S. troops as a liberating army. Democrats
take the opposite view. By a 54% to 24% margin, Harry Reid's party
views the U.S. troops as an occupying army. Unaffiliateds are evenly
Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans
say that the War in Iraq is part of the War on Terror. Forty-one percent
(41%) take the opposite view and say Iraq is a distraction from the
War on Terror.
A related survey found that 39% of
Americans believe the U.S. and its allies are winning the
War on Terror.
Thirty-four percent (34%) believe the terrorists are winning.
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The telephone survey of 2,000 Adults was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 22-23, 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)