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  53% See USA As Good Role Model for World

Survey of 1,000 Adults

September 8-9, 2005

Would the world be better or worse if other countries became more like the United States?

Better 53%
Worse 20%


Since 9/11, How Has USA Changed?

 Better Worse
Sept 8-9, 2005 53% 20%
Sept 10, 2004* 61% 13%
Sept 10-11, 2003 67% 12%


*All results based upon survey of 1,000 adults except Sept 10, 2004 survey. That was based upon survey of 1,000 Likely Voters.


September 11, 2005--Fifty-three percent (53%) of Americans say the world would be a better place if other countries were more like the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 20% disagree.

Those numbers reflect a sharp decline in the number who view the USA as a role model for the rest of the world. While 53% now say the world would be better if more countries were like our own, that figure is down from 61% a year ago and 67% two years ago.

A related survey found that most Americans now believe that the 9/11 terror attacks changed the nation for the worse. Four years ago, in October 2001, most Americans held the opposite view.

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Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans view the USA as a good role model along with 41% of Democrats and 45% of those not affiliated with either party.

Just 13% of Republicans disagree and say the world would not be a better place if more countries were like us. That view is shared by 24% of Democrats and 25% of unaffiliateds.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of men view the USA as a good role model for the world along with 53% of women.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of married Americans share that view along with 49% of those who are not married.

Middle income Americans are more likely than those at the top and bottom of the income scale to see the US as a good role model.

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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 8-9, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology)

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