Thirty-eight percent (38%) now believe that the U.S. is safer than it
was before 9/11. That's unchanged compared to a month ago.
Thirty-six percent (36%) give the
President good or excellent ratings for handling the situation in
Iraq. That is down a point from a month ago and down three from two
Just 29% now say things will get better
in Iraq over the next six months. That's down from 33% a month ago.
Forty-eight percent (48%) expect things to get worse. Those figures
are the most pessimistic since the January 30 elections in Iraq.
the beginning of 2005, just 28% of Americans thought the situation
in Iraq would get better over the next six month. A Rasmussen
survey at the time found that 50% of Americans expected things to get
Thirty-five percent (35%) of Americans
believe that, in the long run, the U.S. mission in Iraq will be
viewed as a success. Forty-six percent (46%) believe it will be
viewed as a failure. Those figures are also more pessimistic than
Current results are not precisely
comparable to 2004 survey results. Our 2004 data was based upon
Interviews with Likely Voters. In 2005, our data is based upon a
sample of American Adults. It is likely that this change could have
a 2-3 percentage point impact on the reported results.
National Security issues were the most
important voting issues of Election 2004.
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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely
Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports August 10-11, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. (see Methodology)