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CBS NEWS POLL Terrorism and the War in Iraq July 13-14 2005

q1 Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

Approve Disapprove DK/NA

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

*** Party ID ***

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

45

86

13

42

50

10

82

51

5

4

5

7

Jun05a %

42 51

7

q2 What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?

War in Iraq

22

15

26

22

19

Terrorism (general)

15

20

9

18

6

Economy/Jobs

13

8

22

10

18

Education

5

8

4

5

3

The President/G.W. Bush

3

0

6

1

3

Gas/Heating/Oil Crisis

3

4

3

2

3

Defense / Military

3

5

3

2

2

Health Care

3

2

3

3

5

Moral Values/Family Values

3

7

1

2

4

Poverty / Homelessness

2

1

4

2

1

Immigration

2

3

0

2

2

Politicians/Government

2

4

0

2

1

Budget Deficit/Nat'l Debt

2

1

3

2

2

Drugs

2

1

1

4

0

Other

13

18

10

17

25

DK/NA

5

3

5

6

6

q3 Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the economy?

Approve Disapprove DK/NA

40

74

14

38

39

51

17

79

52

56

9

9

7

10

5

q4 Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq?

Approve Disapprove DK/NA

39

74

10

37

37

57

22

86

58

59

4

4

4

5

4

q5 Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the campaign against terrorism?

Approve Disapprove DK/NA

54

89

28

50

52

36

5

61

38

40

10

6

11

12

8

q8 Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Approve Disapprove Don't know/No answer

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

*** Party ID ***

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

33

41

33

26

50

41

52

55

17

18

15

19

Jun05a %

33 53 14

q9 BLANK

q10 Looking back, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or should the U.S. have stayed out?

Right thing Stay out DK/NA

48

76

24

49

45

47

19

70

47

51

5

5

6

4

4

q11 How would you say things are going for the U.S. in its efforts to bring stability and order to Iraq? Would you say things are going very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?

Very well

5

10

1

5

7

Somewhat well

39

62

21

39

33

Somewhat badly

31

24

38

28

34

Very badly

23

3

38

26

26

DK/NA

2

1

2

2

0

q12 So far, do you think George W. Bush has developed a clear plan for dealing with the situation in Iraq, or hasn't he developed one?

Has developed a clear plan 28

53

5

30

Has not developed one

63

37

88

61

DK/NA

9

10

7

9

*Trend is among registered voters.

Oct04d* 38 58

4

q13 Regardless of whether you think taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, would you say that the U.S. is very likely to succeed in establishing a democratic government in Iraq, somewhat likely to succeed, not very likely to succeed, or not at all likely to succeed in establishing a democratic government there?

Very likely Somewhat likely Not very likely Not at all likely Already succeeded (vol.) DK/NA

*** HALF SAMPLE A ***

15 46 24 13

0 2

Apr04d 10 40 31 15

4

q14 Regardless of whether you think taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, would you say that the U.S. is very likely to succeed in Iraq, somewhat likely to succeed, not very likely to succeed, or not at all likely to succeed in Iraq?

Very likely Somewhat likely Not very likely Not at all likely DK/NA

*** HALF SAMPLE B *** Total

% 22 40 25 10

3

q15 From what you have seen or heard about the situation in Iraq, what should the United States do -- should the U.S. increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, keep the same number of U.S. troops in Iraq as there are now, or decrease the number of U.S. troops in Iraq?

Increase Keep the same Decrease DK/NA

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

*** Party ID ***

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

15

13

13

19

32

45

24

29

45

32

59

43

8

10

4

9

Sep03b %

20 34 39

7

q16 Do you think of the war in Iraq as part of the war on terrorism, or do you think of it as separate from the war on terrorism? (If Part, ask:) Is it a major part of the war on terrorism, or a minor part of the war on terrorism?

Major part Minor part Not part DK/NA

37

58

16

40

9

10

10

6

50

28

69

49

4

4

5

5

Nov04a 34

9 51

6

q17 As a result of U.S. military action against Iraq, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States has increased, decreased, or stayed about the same?

Increased Decreased Stayed the same DK/NA

44

26

60

42

13

27

2

13

42

46

36

43

1

1

2

2

Jan05b 33 19 47

1

q18 Do you think the United States should or should not set a time-table for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq?

Yes, should No, should not DK/NA

55

37

72

54

40

60

22

42

5

3

6

4

q19 Over the last couple of years, do you think the Bush Administration has focused too much on the war in Iraq and not enough on terrorists elsewhere in the world, or focused too much on terrorists elsewhere in the world and not enough on the war in Iraq, or has the balance been about right?

Too much on Iraq Too much on terrorists Balance about right DK/NA

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

*** Party ID ***

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

43

28

58

39

6

2

9

6

44

62

26

46

7

8

7

9

q20 Right now, is the U.S. involvement in Iraq creating more terrorists who are planning to attack the U.S., or eliminating terrorists who were planning to attack the U.S., or is the U.S. involvement in Iraq not affecting the number of terrorists planning to attack the U.S.?

Creating more terrorists

52

28

67

56

Eliminating terrorists

17

35

5

15

Not effecting the number

22

26

20

20

DK/NA

9

11

8

9

*Trend is among registered voters.

Oct04a* 45 27 19

9

q33 Since Sept. 11, 2001, do you think the federal government has done all it could

reasonably be expected to do to make the country safe from future terrorist attacks, or

could the government have done more?

Jan03c

Done all it could

41

56

28

43

52

Could have done more

54

40

68

53

45

DK/NA

5

4

4

4

3

q34 Do you think the federal government has done all it could reasonably be expected to do to improve airport security since September 11, 2001, or could it have done more?

Done all it could Could have done more DK/NA

54

64

54

47

42

32

45

48

4

4

1

5

q35 Do you think the federal government has done all it could reasonably be expected to do to improve security on trains and mass transit systems since September 11, 2001, or could it have done more?

Done all it could Could have done more DK/NA

26

35

21

23

61

47

69

65

13

18

10

12

q36 HELD FOR FUTURE RELEASE

q37 How likely do you think it is that there will be another terrorist attack on the United States within the next few months -- very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?

Very likely Somewhat likely Not very likely Not at all likely DK/NA

** TOTAL RESPONDENTS **

*** Party ID ***

Total Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

19

12

24

20

46

44

49

45

25

32

19

25

7

10

4

7

3

2

4

3

Sep04c %

18 48 23

8 3

q38 Would you say you personally are very concerned about a terrorist attack in the area where you live, or not?

Very concerned Not very concerned DK/NA

21

15

29

19

77

84

67

81

2

1

4

0

May03b 21 79

0

q39 Do you think there are terrorists living inside the U.S. today who are planning to launch future attacks, or aren't there?

Yes, there are No, there are not DK/NA

94

95

93

94

3

2

4

3

3

3

3

3

q42 Would you say you attend religious services every week, almost every week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, or never?

Every week Almost every week Once or twice a month A few times a year Never DK/NA

27

39

23

22

13

14

14

9

16

15

17

15

28

24

30

28

16

7

15

23

0

1

1

3

Total Respondents

Total Republicans Total Democrats Total Independents

Half Sample A Half Sample B

UNWEIGHTED 632

184 226 222

312 320

WEIGHTED

190 225 217

315 317

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