September 26, 2005--Most Americans (54%) believe that
withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq will make things worse in that
troubled nation. A
Rasmussen Reports survey found that 20% disagree and say that troop
withdrawal will make things better. These numbers are identical to
the results of our
Republicans, by a 78% to 10% margin, say
that withdrawing troops from Iraq would make things worse in that
county. Democrats are evenly divided on the question, with 30% of
Harry Reid's party saying the troop withdrawal would make things
better and 33% taking the opposite view.
As for those not affiliated with either
major party, 49% say withdrawing troops now would make the situation
worse. Twenty percent (20%) of unaffiliateds say bringing U.S.
troops home would improve the situation in Iraq.
A measure of the country's polarization
concerning Iraq is that Republicans overwhelmingly view the U.S.
troops as a liberating army. Democrats, by a 2-to-1 margin, see the
U.S. forces as an occupying army. Unaffiliateds are evenly divided.
Overall, 35% say that the U.S. forces in
Iraq are an occupying force. Forty-four percent (44%) view them as a
Forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans
say that it is more important to get U.S. troops home than to
"insure that Iraq becomes a peaceful nation enjoying the benefits of
freedom and democracy." Forty-three percent (43%) view finishing the
mission as more important than bringing home the troops.
On this question, there is a significant
gender gap. By a 50% to 42% margin, men say that finishing the
mission is more important. By a 51% to 38% margin, women say
bringing the troops home is more important.
Forty-three percent (43%) of Americans
say that the War in Iraq is part of the War on Terror. Forty percent
(40%) take the opposite view and say Iraq is a distraction from the
War on Terror.
A related survey found that 40% of
Americans believe the U.S. and its allies are winning the
War on Terror.
Thirty-six percent (36%) believe the terrorists are winning.
Cindy Sheehan, a
featured speaker at Saturday's anti-War protests in Washington, is
viewed favorably by 31% of Americans.
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The telephone survey of 2,000 Adults was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 22-25, 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)