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  40% Say U.S. Winning War on Terror                       36% Say Terrorists Winning

Survey of 1,000 Adults

September 14-15, 2005

Who is Winning War on Terror?

U.S. / Allies 40%
Terrorists 36%
Neither 18%
Not Sure 6%


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September 17, 2005--Forty percent (40%) of Americans now believe the U.S. and its Allies are winning the War on Terror. That's up slightly from a month ago when just 38% thought the allies were winning. Last month's assessment was by far the most pessimistic ever recorded.

During Election 2004, roughly half of all voters believed the U.S. and its allies were winning.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey also found that 36% believe the terrorists are winning. That's unchanged from a month ago and the highest level ever recorded.

Huge partisan divisions on questions dealing with Iraq remain. Republicans by 68% to 16% margin overwhelmingly believe that the U.S. and its allies are winning.

However, 54% of Democrats believe the terrorists are winning and 22% believe the U.S. is winning.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of those not affiliated with either major party say the terrorists are winning. Twenty-six percent (26%) take the opposite view.

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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 month.

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 worse.

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 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 September 14-15, 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
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


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