April 8, 2008
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 65% of Americans would like to see U.S. troops brought home from Iraq within a year. That’s the highest total recorded in the tracking poll which has been conducted regularly since August of last year. The 65% total is up six points from two weeks ago, but just a single point higher than the total from a month ago.
Twenty-six percent (26%) want the troops brought home immediately, up three points from the last survey.
Looking at the other end of the spectrum, 31% want troops to remain in Iraq until the mission is complete. That figure has ranged from 31% to 39% since tracking began.
The survey also found that 32% believe the troop “surge” has worked while 43% disagree and say it has not. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans say the surge has worked. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats say it has not along with 51% of those not affiliated with either major party.
The desire to bring home the troops has risen among both men and women. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of men want the troops home within a year, up four points from two weeks ago. Among women, that total is 69%, up from 62% two weeks ago.
On the other side, 37% of men would like the troops to stay in Iraq until the mission is complete along with 26% of women.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans want to see the troops stay in Iraq until the mission is complete. Among Democrats, 86% would like to see the troops brought home within a year.
In late March, almost half (47%) of Likely Voters believe the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror. Twenty percent (20%) disagree and say the terrorists are winning.
The survey was conducted in partnership with Fox Television Stations, Inc.