The Continuing Disillusionment


Most Americans (54%) believe that in the long run the U.S. mission in Iraq will be judged a failure. Just 29% say it will ultimately be viewed as a success.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 36% of voters believe the U.S. and its allies are winning while 36% hold the opposite view and believe the terrorists are winning. A month ago, 37% believed the U.S. allies were winning while 32% said the terrorists are winning.

These results mark the third time in four surveys that 36% have said the terrorists are winning. That matches the highest level of pessimism ever recorded in this survey series conducted at least once a month since January 2004.


Just 25% now believe the situation in Iraq will get better over the next six months. That’s down slightly from 27% in our previous survey. Forty-nine percent (49%) say that things are likely to get worse in Iraq.