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  48% Say U.S. Winning War on Terror                       28% Say Terrorists Winning

Survey of 1,000 Adults

December 2, 2005

Who is Winning War on Terror?

U.S. / Allies 48%
Terrorists 28%
Neither 17%
Not Sure 7%


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December 2, 2005--Confidence in the War on Terror is up sharply compared to a month ago. Forty-eight percent (48%)  Americans now believe the U.S. and its Allies are winning. That's up nine points from 39% a month ago and represents the highest level of confidence measured in 2005.

Just 28% now believe the terrorists are winning, down six points from 34% a month ago. The survey was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday night following the President's speech outlining his strategy in Iraq.

Huge partisan divisions on questions dealing with Iraq remain. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans believe the U.S. and its allies are winning. That's up from 64% a month ago.

Just 28% of Democrats believe the U.S. is winning while 45% of Nancy Pelosi's party believe the terrorists are winning. Even that is a more optimistic assessment than last month when just 19% of Democrats said the U.S. was winning.

Among those those not affiliated with either major party, 40% now say the  U.S. and its allies are winning. Thirty percent (30%) take the opposite view. A month ago, unaffiliateds were evenly divided.

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Forty percent (40%) now believe that the U.S. is safer than it was before 9/11. That's up from 34% a month ago and 37% the month before.

Forty-three percent (43%) take the opposite view and say the U.S. is not safer that it was before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That figure is down from 50% a month ago.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) give the President good or excellent ratings for handling the situation in Iraq. While still a low rating, it's up from 33% a month ago.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) now say things will get better in Iraq over the next six months. That's up from 32% a month ago and 30% the month before.29%. Forty-one percent (41%) expect things to get worse, down from 45% the month before.

At the beginning of 2005, just 28% of Americans thought the situation in Iraq would get better over the next six month. A Rasmussen Reports survey at the time found that 50% of Americans expected things to get worse.

Forty percent (40%) of Americans believe that, in the long run, the U.S. mission in Iraq will be viewed as a success. Forty-five percent (45%) believe it will be viewed as a failure. Those figures also show increased optimism compared to last month.

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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 November 30- December 1, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. (see Methodology)

Who is Winning the War on Terror?


US/Allies Terrorists
Nov 30- Dec 1 48 28
Oct 15-16 39 34
Sept 14-15 40 36
Aug 10-11 38 36
July 13-14 44 34
June 5-7 42 32
May 14-15 44 29
Apr 8-10 47 29
Feb 11-13 47 26
Jan 2-3 45 27
Dec 10-12 50 30
Dec 3-5 51 27
Nov 19-22 51 28
Nov 12-14 52 27
Nov 5-7 50 29
Oct 29-31 49 27
Oct 22-24 49 27
Oct 15-17 51 27
Oct 8-10 52 26
Oct 1-3 52 27


2005 Data Based Upon Interviews with American Adults

2004 Data Based Upon Interviews with Likely Voters