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Most Voters Fear Mideast War, View Biden as Weak Leader

American voters are overwhelmingly concerned that the Israel-Gaza conflict could spark a larger Middle East war, and most still view President Joe Biden as a weaker leader than his predecessors. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 86% of Likely U.S. Voters are concerned that the current conflict between Israel and Gaza will lead to a major war in the Middle East, including 50% who are Very Concerned. Just  11% are not concerned about the possibility of a wider Mideast war. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Fifty-two percent (52%) think that, compared to most recent presidents, Biden is a weaker commander in chief for the military, down from 56% in April 2022. Twenty-nine percent (29%) now believe Biden is a stronger commander in chief than most recent presidents, while 15% say Biden is about the same as most recent presidents as a military leader.

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The survey of 888 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on October 23-25, 2023 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.

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