Only 35% of Americans now think U.S. is winning the War on Terror

This is the lowest level in three years of likely U.S. voters who think we’re winning the “War on Terror,” but I am astonished that it is that high. After all, the “War on Terror” has been declared over at least three times (in 2012 and twice in 2009), so the Rasmussen Reports survey is rather like asking people if they think the U.S. is winning World War II. Also, since the Obama Administration has now “switched sides” in this erstwhile war and is now arming al Qaeda, what exactly constitutes “winning”? Would that be al Qaeda victories and advances, or advances of the cause of freedom? Would a victory in the “War on Terror” be the imposition of Sharia, or its rejection? If only the Great Leader in Washington would explain!

“War on Terror Update,” Rasmussen Reports, April 22 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):

Belief that America is winning the War on Terror and is safer than before the 9/11 terrorist attacks have fallen to their lowest levels in three years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 35% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. But that’s down from 39% in January and is the most pessimistic assessment since April 2011.  Fifty percent (50%) felt America and its allies were winning a year ago.

Twenty-seven percent (27%) say the terrorists are winning the War on Terror, down from a recent high of 30% in January. Just as many (28%) say neither side is winning. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 17-18, 2014 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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