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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

 
 
 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 16-18, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"Do you think George W. Bush does or does not have a plan that will achieve victory for the United States in Iraq?" N=1,003, MoE 3

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Does Does Not Unsure    
% % %    

12/16-18/05

42 56 2    

12/9-11/05

38 58 4    
11/30/05 41 55 4    
 

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"Just your best guess: Do you think each of the following is likely or unlikely to happen in Iraq in the next few years? How about [see below]?" N=1,003, MoE 3

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Likely Unlikely Unsure    
% % %    

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"Iraq will have a democratic government that will not be overthrown by terrorists or supporters of Saddam Hussein"

  12/16-18/05 50 47 3    
  11/30/05 47 49 4    
 

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"Iraqi military and police will be able to ensure safety and security in Iraq without assistance from the United States"

  12/16-18/05 37 62 1    
  11/30/05 44 54 2    
 

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"Iraq will be able to prevent terrorists from using the country as a base of operations for planning attacks against the United States"

  12/16-18/05 35 63 2    
  11/30/05 33 63 4    
 

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"Just your best guess -- How much longer do you think the U.S. will have a significant number of troops in Iraq: less than three months, three to six months, six months to a year, one to three years, or longer than three years?" N=1,003, MoE 3

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Less Than
3 Months
3 - 6 Months 6 Months
To a Year
1 - 3 Years Longer Than
3 Years
% % % % %

12/16-18/05

1 3 13 53 29
 

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"How much longer do you think the U.S. should have a significant number of troops in Iraq: less than three months, three to six months, six months to a year, one to three years, or longer than three years?" N=1,003, MoE 3

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Less Than
3 Months
3 - 6 Months 6 Months
To a Year
1 - 3 Years Longer Than
3 Years
% % % % %

12/16-18/05

21 14 24 29 9
 

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"Which comes closest to your views about what the recent election in Iraq means for the United States? It is the key step that ensures the U.S. will achieve its goals in Iraq. It is a major step toward the U.S. achieving its goals. It is a minor step toward the U.S. achieving its goals. OR, It will not help the U.S. achieve its goals in Iraq." Options rotated. N=1,003, MoE 3.

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Key Step Major Step Minor Step Won't Help Unsure
% % % % %

12/16-18/05

12 38 29 19 2

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"As you may know, it has been reported that a firm working for the U.S. government secretly paid Iraqi newspapers to publish stories favorable to the United States. Do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate for the U.S. government to do this?" N=1,003, MoE 3

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Appropriate In-
appropriate
Unsure    
% % %    

12/16-18/05

24 72 4    

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"If the story that the U.S. government paid Iraqi journalists were true, how much would this bother you: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or not at all?" Options rotated. N=1,003, MoE 3.

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Great Deal Fair Amount Not Much Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

12/16-18/05

39 24 20 16 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 15-18, 2005. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS. RV = registered voters.

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"If a candidate for Congress favors setting a deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq within the next year or so, would that make you more likely to support that candidate for Congress, more likely to oppose that candidate, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?" Options rotated

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Support Oppose Not Much
Difference
Unsure
% % % %

12/15-18/05

22 28 48 2

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"Do you think the elections held in Iraq this week/last week did or did not bring the United States closer to the day U.S. forces can be withdrawn from Iraq?"

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Did Did Not Unsure
% % %

12/15-18/05

71 23 6

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"Do you think Bush has or has not done enough to explain the reasons the United States is in Iraq?"

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Has Has Not Unsure
% % %

12/15-18/05

39 60 1

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Dec. 13-15, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Should the United States keep troops in Iraq until the situation has stabilized, or should the United States bring its troops home from Iraq immediately?"

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Keep in Iraq

Bring Home

Unsure  
% % %  
12/13-15/05 57 36 7  
8/22-24/05 60 37 3  
6/20-22/05 59 37 4  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Dec. 13-14, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"At this time next year, do you think the situation in Iraq will be better, worse or about the same?"

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Better Worse Same Unsure  
% % % %  
12/13-14/05 42 12 40 6  

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"Do you think the new Iraqi government can defeat the terrorist insurgents without help from the United States?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
12/13-14/05 21 70 9    

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"Do you think the Iraqi people would be better off or worse off if U.S. troops left Iraq now?"

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Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
12/13-14/05 20 64 6 10  

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"Who do you think will ultimately win the war in Iraq: the terrorist insurgents who are trying to defeat democracy or the Iraqis aided by the U.S. who are fighting to achieve democracy?"

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Terrorist
Insurgents
Fighters for
Democracy
Depends/Too
Soon To Say
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
12/13-14/05 12 57 18 13  

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, which political party do you trust more on Iraq: Republicans or Democrats?" Options rotated

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Republicans Democrats Same (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
12/13-14/05 37 35 5 17 5

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 9-12, 2005. Adults nationwide. RV = registered voters

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"Do you think that President Bush has or has not given good reasons for why the United States must keep troops in Iraq?" Half-sample (Form B); MoE 4.4

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Has Has Not Unsure
% % %

12/9-12/05

42 54 4
11/4-7/05 38 58 4

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"A different proposal being considered for the war in Iraq is to immediately reduce the number of troops inside Iraq, moving many of them to other Middle Eastern countries that are U.S. allies. Supporters of this proposal say this would keep U.S. troops close by and make it easy to send them back into Iraq if the insurgency should grow in specific locations. Opponents of this proposal say this would make the situation in Iraq even less stable and increase the likelihood that Iraq would fall into civil war. With whom do you agree more: the supporters of this proposal or the opponents of this proposal?" N=1,006, MoE 3.1

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Agree With
Supporters
Agree With
Opponents
Depends/
Some of
Both (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

12/9-12/05

34 50 5 11

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 9-11, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"Do you think the United States will or will not be able to establish a stable democratic government in Iraq?" N=1,003, MoE 3

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Will Will Not Unsure    
% % %    

12/9-11/05

41 55 4    

10/21-23/05

40 56 4    

7/22-24/05

37 58 5    

11/19-21/04

46 49 5    
4/16-18/04 37 57 6    
 

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"Now thinking about the past two years, do you think Iraq has made real progress toward establishing a democratic government, or don't you think Iraq has made any progress in this area?" N=1,003, MoE 3

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Real
Progress
No
Progress
Unsure    
% % %    

12/9-11/05

63 34 3    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 2-6, 2005. N=1,155 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

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"Do you think that George W. Bush has developed a clear plan for getting American troops out of Iraq, or hasn't he developed one yet?"

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Has a
Clear Plan
Hasn't
Developed
One Yet
Unsure
% % %
12/2-6/05 25 70 5    
9/9-13/05 21 75 4    
2/24-28/05 21 71 8    
1/14-18/05 18 75 7    

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"Before the war with Iraq, when talking about what he knew about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, do you think George W. Bush was telling the entire truth, was mostly telling the truth but hiding something, or was he mostly lying?" Form A (N=554)

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Entire Truth Hiding
Something
Mostly
Lying
Unsure
% % % %
12/2-6/05 23 45 25 7

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"Before the war with Iraq, when talking about what they knew about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, do you think the members of the Bush Administration were telling everything they knew, most of what they knew, hiding important elements of what they knew, or mostly lying?" Form B (N=601)

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Telling
Everything
Telling
Most
Hiding
Elements
Mostly
Lying
Unsure
% % % % %
12/2-6/05 7 28 34 29 2
10/30 - 11/1/05 6 26 38 26 4
1/14-18/05 8 29 36 23 4
2/12-15/04 5 35 39 16 5
1/12-15/04 6 27 39 21 7
12/14-15/03 3 26 45 16 10
11/10-12/03 6 34 40 15 5

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"How important do you think it is right now for members of Congress to question the Bush Administration about the way the intelligence was used in order to make the case for going to war in Iraq? Do you think it is very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

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Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
12/2-6/05 56 24 9 9 2

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"Overall, is Congress asking too many questions about George W. Bush's policy toward Iraq, or isn't Congress asking enough questions?"

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Too Many Not Enough Right
Amount
(vol.)
It Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
12/2-6/05 23 57 13 1 6
3/03 18 48 22 1 11

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"In making its case for the war with Iraq, do you think members of the Bush Administration intentionally misled the public or not?"

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Intentionally
Misled
Did Not Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 52 44 4    
  Republicans 18 78 4
  Democrats 76 19 5    
  Independents 57 39 4

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"How much longer do you think the United States' troops will have to remain in Iraq ‑‑ for less than a year, one to two years, two to five years, or will U.S. troops have to stay in Iraq for longer than five years?"

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Less Than
A Year
1-2 Years 2-5 Years Longer Than
5 Years
Unsure
% % % % %
12/2-6/05 6 20 37 28 9
9/9-13/05 6 20 38 28 8

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"If the U.S. withdrew its troops from Iraq now, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States would increase, decrease, or stay about the same?"

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Increase Decrease Same Unsure
% % % %
12/2-6/05 40 8 49 3
8/29-31/05 32 11 54 3
 

"If the U.S. withdrew its troops from Iraq now, do you think there would be more violence in Iraq than there is now, would there be less violence than there is now, or about the same amount of violence as there is now?"

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More Less Same Unsure
% % % %
12/2-6/05 46 12 38 4
8/29-31/05 48 11 37 4

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"President Bush has said that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq now would be a recipe for disaster. Do you agree or disagree with that?"

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Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %
12/2-6/05 61 34 5

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"Do you think George W. Bush has a clear plan for victory in Iraq, or hasn't he developed one yet?"

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Has a
Clear Plan
Hasn't
Developed
One Yet
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 25 68 7    
  Republicans 54 36 10
  Democrats 6 90 4    
  Independents 20 74 6

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think that President Bush was truthful and honest, based on the intelligence he was given, when he presented the case for war in Iraq, or do you think he deliberately misled Americans to build his case for war?"

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  Truthful Misled Unsure
  % % %
11/29 - 12/1/05 45 48 7

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"Which of the following comes closest to your view on U.S. troops in Iraq? Should the United States withdraw most troops in the next 12 months or so regardless of conditions in Iraq; keep most of the troops in Iraq until the new Iraqi government is stable, even if it means keeping troops in Iraq for a number of years; or, should we increase the number of troops in Iraq?"

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  Withdraw In
12 Months
Or So
Wait For
Stable
Government
Increase
Number Of
Troops
Other (vol.) Unsure
  % % % % %
11/29 - 12/1/05 47 40 8 2 3

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"How likely is it that the new Iraqi government will be able to build a stable and reasonably democratic society: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

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  Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not At All
Likely
Unsure
  % % % % %
11/29 - 12/1/05 12 44 24 13 6

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 30, 2005. N=606 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"How would you rate the job George W. Bush has done handling the situation in Iraq -- as very good, good, poor, or very poor?"

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Very Good Good Poor Very Poor Unsure
% % % % %
11/30/05 15 29 25 29 2

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"If you had to choose, which do you think is the better approach for deciding when the U.S. should withdraw its troops from Iraq: to withdraw U.S. troops only when certain goals are met, or to withdraw U.S. troops by a specific date and stick to that time-table, regardless of conditions in Iraq at that time?" Options rotated

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When Goals
Are Met
By a Specific
Date
Unsure    
% % %    
11/30/05 59 35 6    

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"In the long run, do you think the United States will be more safe or less safe from terrorism as a result of the war in Iraq?"

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More Safe Less Safe No Change
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
11/30/05 48 43 7 2  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 29-30, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think there should be a publicly announced timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    
11/29-30/05 47 41 12    

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"Do you think the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq encourages or discourages terrorist attacks by the insurgency?"

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Encourages Discourages No Difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
11/29-30/05 44 31 10 15  

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"To be successful in Iraq, Senator John McCain has been quoted as saying: 'Instead of drawing down, we should be ramping up, with more civil-military soldiers, translators, and counterinsurgency operations teams.' Do you agree or disagree with McCain's proposal to add more troops?"

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Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    
11/29-30/05 33 53 15    

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"Do you think setting a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq encourages terrorist insurgents or not?"

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Does Does Not Unsure    
% % %    
11/29-30/05 44 42 15    

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"Regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: Do you think George W. Bush intentionally misled the American people about the presence of weapons or gave the American people the best prewar intelligence available?"

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Intentionally
Misled
Best
Available
Unsure    
% % %    
11/29-30/05 44 46 10    

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"Do you think the world would be better off or worse off if the U.S. military had not taken action in Iraq and Saddam Hussein were still in power?"

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Better Off Worse Off Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
11/29-30/05 27 52 8 13  

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"Do you think Iraq would be better off or worse off if the U.S. military had not taken action in Iraq and Saddam Hussein were still in power?"

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Better Off Worse Off Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
11/29-30/05 20 59 7 14  

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"On the issue of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: Do you believe there are still weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the war but they were moved or destroyed, or Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction at all?"

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Still in Iraq Moved or
Destroyed
Did Not
Have at All
Unsure  
% % % %  
11/29-30/05 19 42 28 11  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 11-13, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"Here are four different plans the U.S. could follow in dealing with the war in Iraq. Which ONE do you prefer? Withdraw all troops from Iraq immediately. Withdraw all troops by November 2006 -- that is, in 12 months' time. Withdraw troops, but take as many years to do this as are needed to turn control over to the Iraqis. OR, Send more troops to Iraq." Options rotated. N=1,006, MoE 3.

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Withdraw
Now
Withdraw
Within
12 Months
Take as Long
As Needed To
Withdraw
Send More
Troops
Unsure
% % % % %

11/11-13/05

19 33 38 7 3

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"If Saddam Hussein is found guilty of serious crimes during his trial, would you favor or oppose the death penalty for him?" Form A (N=491, MoE 5)

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Favor Oppose Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

11/11-13/05

72 25 - 3  

6/24-26/05

71 24 2 3  

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"If Saddam Hussein is found guilty and executed under the death penalty, do you think that will weaken the insurgents who are fighting U.S. troops in Iraq, or not?" Form B (N=515, MoE 5)

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Will Will Not Unsure    
% % %    

11/11-13/05

22 75 3    

 

The Harris Poll. Nov. 8-13, 2005. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you favor keeping a large number of U.S. troops in Iraq until there is a stable government there OR bringing most of our troops home in the next year?"

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Wait for
Stable
Government
Bring
Home In
Next Year
Unsure
% % %
11/8-13/05 35 63 3
8/9-16/05 36 61 4
6/7-12/05 33 63 4
4/5-10/05 40 60 -
2/8-13/05 39 59 1
11/9-14/04 50 47 2
10/14-17/04 47 50 3
9/9-13/04 38 54 7
8/10-15/04 40 54 5
6/8-15/04 39 56 6
4/8-15/04 42 51 8
2/9-16/04 45 51 4
10/03 46 47 7

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"For each of the following, please indicate whether you feel the situation is getting much better, somewhat better, somewhat worse, or much worse. . . ."

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Better Worse Unsure
% % %

"Overall life for Iraqis"

  11/8-13/05 68 28 4
  8/9-16/05 65 31 5
  6/7-12/05 68 27 5

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"Overall infrastructure of Iraq"

  11/8-13/05 62 30 8
  8/9-16/05 57 35 8
  6/7-12/05 61 29 10

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"Security of Iraqi civilians"

  11/8-13/05 52 43 5
  8/9-16/05 51 46 4
  6/7-12/05 56 38 6

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"Do you believe the insurgents in Iraq are being contained by security forces or are they getting the upper hand?"

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Being
Contained
Getting
Upper Hand
Unsure
% % %
11/8-13/05 41 44 14
8/9-16/05 39 50 11
6/7-12/05 42 41 18

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 10-11, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think Dick Cheney deliberately misused or manipulated pre-war intelligence about Iraq's nuclear capabilities in order to build support for war with Iraq, or did not deliberately misuse pre-war intelligence?"

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Misused Did Not
Misuse
Unsure
% % %
ALL 52 33 15
  Republicans 22 69 9
  Democrats 74 12 14
  Independents 54 27 19

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 8-9, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you support or oppose using U.S. military personnel and tax dollars for public works projects in Iraq to assist the Iraqi people in rebuilding their country?"

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Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

11/8-9/05

48 43 9    

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"Who do you think is currently winning the war in Iraq: the United States or Iraqi insurgents?" Options rotated

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U.S. Insurgents Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

11/8-9/05

38 27 23 12  

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"Which of the following do you think best describes current U.S. military operations in Iraq? The situation is bogged down. OR, Slow but steady progress is being made." Options rotated

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Bogged
Down
Steady
Progress
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

11/8-9/05

41 45 9 4  

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"Do you think recent news coverage of the situation in Iraq has focused too much on the positive, too much on the negative, or given a balanced description of the situation there?"

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Too
Positive
Too
Negative
Balanced Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

11/8-9/05

11 52 23 6 9

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"Five years from now, do you think the war in Iraq will have been worth it or not?"

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Worth It Not Worth It Too Soon
To Tell (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

11/8-9/05

39 48 5 8  

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"Do you think Americans who describe U.S. military action in Iraq as a mistake are helping or hurting U.S. troops on the ground there?"

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Helping Hurting Mixed (vol.) No Effect
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

11/8-9/05

16 58 9 9 8

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"What do you want U.S. troops in Iraq to do? Do you want them to leave Iraq and come home now or do you want them to stay in Iraq and finish the job?"

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Leave Now Finish Job Unsure    
% % %    

11/8-9/05

36 55 9    

8/30-31/05

33 58 9    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Nov. 4-7, 2005. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

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"Do you think President Bush gave the country the most accurate information he had before going to war with Iraq, or do you think President Bush deliberately misled people to make the case for war with Iraq?" Half sample (Form A)

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Most
Accurate
Misled Unsure
% % %
11/4-7/05 35 57 8
6/04 RV 44 47 9
3/04 52 42 6

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 3-6, 2005. N=1,201 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5 (for all adults).

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"A few weeks ago, Iraq held a nationwide vote on the country's constitution. How much have you heard about this: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot A Little Nothing
At All
Unsure
% % % %
11/3-6/05 22 52 25 1

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"In this election, the Iraqi people voted 'yes' on the new constitution. Do you think this will lead to a MORE stable situation, a LESS stable situation, or will the situation in Iraq not change much?"

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More Stable Less Stable Same Unsure
% % % %
11/3-6/05 30 6 56 8

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"Before the war the U.S. and Britain claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. These weapons have not been found. Why do you think they made this claim? Was it mostly because they were themselves misinformed by bad intelligence, or was it mostly because they lied to provide a reason for invading Iraq?" Options rotated

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They Were
Misinformed
They Lied Might Still
Find WMD
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
ALL adults 41 43 5 11
  Republicans 69 12 7 12
  Democrats 20 67 3 10
  Independents 39 47 4 10

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 11-12, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How much progress do you think is being made toward restoring security and government services in Iraq? Would you say a lot of progress has been made, some progress but not a lot, a little progress or no progress at all?"

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A Lot Some, Not
A Lot
A Little None At All Unsure
% % % % %
10/11-12/05 17 36 24 13 9

10/14-15/03

19 44 21 9 7

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"In a few days, the Iraqi people will be voting on whether or not to ratify a new constitution. Do you think that ratifying a new constitution will be a major step towards establishing stability in Iraq, a minor step towards stability, or do you not think it will make any real difference?"

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Major Step Minor Step No Real
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
10/11-12/05 31 29 35 5

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 3-5, 2005. N=808 adults nationwide. MoE 4 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

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"As you may know, later this month Iraqis are scheduled to vote in a referendum on a new constitution for Iraq. From what you know, do you think most of Iraq is secure enough for Iraqis to vote in their upcoming referendum, or is most of Iraq not secure enough for Iraqis to vote?"

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Secure
Enough
Not Secure
Enough
Unsure
% % %
10/3-5/05 34 56 10

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"As a result of the United States' removing Saddam Hussein from power, do you think the United States is more safe from terrorism, less safe from terrorism, or hasn't it made any difference?" Form F (N=407 adults)

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More Safe Less Safe No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
10/3-5/05 27 17 55 1

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"As far as you know, were Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda working together in the months before the war in Iraq or were Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda not working together in the months before the war?"

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Were
Working
Together
Were Not
Working
Together
Unsure
% % %
ALL adults 39 41 19
  Republicans 61 20 19
  Democrats 28 53 19
  Independents 35 45 20

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Trend:

6/23-27/04 45 38 17

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Sept. 16-18, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide.

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"As you may know, the U.S. Congress has appropriated 260 billion dollars to fight the war and help rebuild Iraq. What best describes how you feel about federal spending on the rebuilding of Iraq? We are spending too much. We are spending the right amount. We should spend more." Asked of half the sample

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Spending
Too Much
Spending
Right
Amount
Should
Spend
More
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/16-18/05

65 27 6 2  

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"How confident are you that the money appropriated to rebuild Iraq is being spent wisely . . . ?" Asked of half the sample

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not At All
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %

9/16-18/05

7 28 31 33 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 9-13, 2005. N=1,167 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

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"In order to pay for the war with Iraq, would you approve or disapprove of the United States cutting spending on domestic programs, like education and health care?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
9/9-13/05 7 90 3

.

"In order to pay for the war with Iraq, would you approve or disapprove of eliminating the recent tax cuts?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
9/9-13/05 36 55 9

.

"Would you be willing or not willing to pay more in taxes in order to pay for the war with Iraq?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
9/9-13/05 20 77 3

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"Would you say you feel proud about what the U.S. is doing in the war with Iraq or not proud about what the U.S. is doing?"

.

Proud Not Proud Unsure
% % %
9/9-13/05 43 49 8

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"Have there been more American military casualties in the war with Iraq than you expected, fewer than you expected, about as many as you expected, or aren't you sure yet how many American military casualties there have been?"

.

More Fewer About As
Many
Not Sure
How Many
Unsure
% % % % %
9/9-13/05 45 15 18 19 3

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"How concerned are you that the war in Iraq is costing money and resources that are needed in the U.S. instead: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not At All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %
9/9-13/05 53 30 11 5 1

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"Has the fighting in the war with Iraq been easier than you expected, harder than you expected, or has it been about what you expected?"

.

Easier Harder About What
Expected
Unsure
% % % %
9/9-13/05 4 48 44 5

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 8-11, 2005. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking about how the U.S. should deal with the situation in Iraq in the future, which would you prefer -- to continue to have a significant number of U.S. troops in Iraq for as long as needed regardless of how many U.S. military service people are killed, to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq if the number of U.S. military service people who are killed becomes too high, or to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq now?" Options rotated

.

Stay As
Long As
Needed
Withdraw
If Too
Many Killed
Withdraw
Now
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/8-11/05

35 19 41 5  
7/25-27/03 37 33 26 4  

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 8-9, 2005. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think the U.S. military action in Iraq has done more to INCREASE the risk or DECREASE the risk that large numbers of Americans will be killed or injured in a future terrorist attack -- or do you think going to war in Iraq hasn't made much difference either way?"

.

Increase Decrease No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
9/8-9/05 36 26 34 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 25-28, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch. RV = registered voters.

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"Thinking specifically about the way the Bush Administration is handling the situation in Iraq, would you say you're pleased about it, satisfied but not pleased, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?" Options rotated

.

Pleased Satisfied Dis-
satisfied
Angry Unsure
% % % % %

8/25-28/05

14 31 26 27 2

6/23-26/05

15 30 32 23 -

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"Have you heard or read about anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq, or not?"

.

Yes No
% %

8/25-28/05

75 25

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"Sheehan has been protesting outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, and saying she wants to meet with him to discuss the war. Bush met privately with Sheehan and her family at an event for military families last year. Do you think Bush should or should not meet with Sheehan again?"

.

Should Should
Not
Unsure
% % %

8/25-28/05

52 46 3

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"Would you say you support or oppose what Sheehan is doing?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

8/25-28/05

53 42 5

.

"Has Sheehan made you more likely to support the war, more likely to oppose the war, or hasn't she had much effect on your opinion of the war?"

.

More Likely
To Support
More Likely
To Oppose
Not Much
Effect
Unsure
% % % %

8/25-28/05

10 9 79 2

.

"Do you think Democrats in Congress have gone too far or not far enough in opposing the war in Iraq?"

.

Too Far Not Far
Enough
Right
Amount
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

8/25-28/05

37 53 4 6

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Aug. 22-24, 2005. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Bush Administration has conducted the war in Iraq?"

.

Approve

Disapprove

Unsure  
% % %  
8/22-24/05 37 58 5  
6/20-22/05 41 56 3  

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"Has the military action in Iraq increased the threat of terrorism around the world, decreased the threat of terrorism around the world, or had no effect on the threat of terrorism?"

.

Increased Decreased No Effect Unsure
% % % %
8/22-24/05 50 20 28 2
4/16-18/04 47 25 25 3
4/5-7/04 49 28 21 2

.

"Do you think it is okay for people who oppose the war in Iraq to express their opposition publicly, or not?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure  
% % %  
8/22-24/05 87 12 1  

.

"Do you have a friend, colleague or family member who has served in the military effort in Iraq at any time since March 2003?"

.

Yes

No

Unsure  
% % %  
8/22-24/05 54 45 1  

Earlier polling on Iraq


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