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Confidence That U.S. Is Winning War on Terror Down to Lowest Level Since 2006

Monday, April 11, 2011

Confidence in America's conduct of the war on terror has fallen to its lowest level in four-and-a-half years. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 32% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror. That's down eight points from a month ago and the most pessimistic assessment since October 2006.

Twenty-four percent (24%) think the terrorists are winning. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say neither side is winning. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Confidence that American and its allies are winning was in the high 40s and low 50s from July 2008 through the middle of 2009 and began to decline. It's generally remained in the high 30s and low 40s ever since.

The current decline comes as support for the U.S. mission in Libya is also declining.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters now think the United States is safer today that it was before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. That's down from 54% when President Obama took office.

Forty-two percent (42%) disagree and now say the U.S. is not safer.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on April 7-8, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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