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United Nations Viewed Favorably by 37%

United Nations

Favorable 37%
Unfavorable 42%


Should Kofi Annan Resign?

Yes 37%
No 26%


Did Hussein Use Oil-for-Food Program to Bribe Countries Such as France and Russia?

Yes 42%
No 12%


Did Some Countries Oppose U.S. Invasion of Iraq Because they were being Bribed by Hussein?

Yes 39%
No 23%



Thursday December 15, 2005--Thirty-seven-percent (37%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of the United Nations. That's down from 44% in a November survey.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Americans also believe UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan should resign. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults finds that 26% disagree and say he should not resign. Another 37% are undecided.

Just 54% of Americans are following news coverage of this story "very" or "somewhat" closely.

Among those following the story very closely, 63% believe Annan should resign. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say he should not.

The oil-for-food scandal is taking its toll on the international institution. Forty-two percent (42%) believe Saddam Hussein used the program to bribe nations such as France and Russia. Just 12% think he did not use it for bribery.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe some nations opposed the invasion of Iraq because they were bribed by Hussein. Just 23% say that did not happen.

Among those following the story very closely, 72% believed that Hussein used the program to bribe other countries. Sixty-eight percent (68%)  of that same group believe that some nations opposed the U.S. invasion because they were bribed.

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Data from the current survey is not directly comparable to last November's results. The current survey sampled American Adults. Last November's survey interviewed Likely Voters. It is likely that the difference in samples may shift the results two to three points in one direction or the other.

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The final, certified, results of Election 2004 show that President George W. Bush received 50.7% of the vote while Senator John Kerry earned 48.3%. Those figures are very close to the final Rasmussen Reports Daily Tracking Poll. We projected the President would win 50.2% to 48.5%.

Data in this article was derived from a national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults conducted by Rasmussen Reports February 15-16, 2005. Margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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