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  78% Have Favorable Opinion of U.S. Military

Survey of 1,000 Adults

November 9-10, 2005

Veterans Day

One of Most Important Holidays 48%
Least Important 6%
In Between 43%


Will you do anything special to commemorate Veterans Day this year with family and friend?

Yes 39%
No 53%


Opinion of U.S. Military Forces

Favorable 78%
Unfavorable 10%



November 11, 2005--On Veterans Day 2005, 78% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the United States Military forces. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 10% have an unfavorable opinion.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Americans consider Veterans Day one of the nation's most important holidays. Six percent (6%) say it is one of the least important while 43% place it somewhere in between.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) will do something special to commemorate Veterans Day this year. Fifty-three percent (53%) will not.

Among Veterans, 64% consider this day one of the nation's most important holidays and 61% will do something special to commemorate it.

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Among those with relatives and close friends serving in Iraq, 51% will do something special to commemorate the holiday.

While President Bush has tumbled in the polls, he still retains support among America's military veterans. Sixty-percent (60%) of Veterans approve of the way the President is performing his job, including 30% who Strongly Approve.

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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 31-November 1, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 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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