Thirty-seven percent (37%) now believe that the
U.S. is safer than it was before 9/11. That's down a point from last
Thirty-six percent (36%) give the President good
or excellent ratings for handling the situation in Iraq. That is
unchanged from a month ago.
Thirty percent (30%) now say things will get
better in Iraq over the next six months. That's up from 29% a month
ago but down from 33% two months ago. Forty-eight percent (48%)
expect things to get worse.
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
Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans believe
that, in the long run, the U.S. mission in Iraq will be viewed as a
success. Forty-eight percent (48%) believe it will be viewed as a
failure. Those figures are also little changed from last
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.
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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely
Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 14-15,
2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. (see Methodology)