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America at War - 06.29.2004
TV Poll Results
About the Series
Flashpoints USA with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill is an innovative public affairs series from PBS that brings together both compelling examinations of critical issues and a dynamic pairing of two of the most respected names in journalism.






Iraq Poll
Conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs
June 14-16, 2004


1.Six months from now, will there be more, fewer, or the same amount of American troops in Iraq as there are now?
 More38%
 Fewer25%
 Same Amount33%
 Not Sure4%
 
2.Six months from now, should there be more, fewer, or the same amount of American troops in Iraq as there are now?
 More16%
 Fewer65%
 Same amount14%
 Not sure5%
 
3.How much of an effect will the handling of the war in Iraq have on your decision about whom to vote for in the election for President of the United States in November-a great deal, quite a bit, only some, very little, or no effect at all?
 A great deal38%
 Quite a bit16%
 Only some14%
 Very little9%
 No effect at all22%
 Not sure1%
 Total Great Deal/Quite a Bit54%
 Total Very Little/No Effect31%
 
4a.Do you think people in Iraq today are safer or less safe than they were before the war, or has there been no change?
 Safer44%
 Less safe27%
 No change27%
 Not Sure2%
 
4b.Do you think people in the U.S. today are safer or less safe than they were before the war, or has there been no change?
 Safer30%
 Less safe31%
 No change38%
 Not Sure1%
 
4.In your opinion, who would best handle the situation in Iraq from this point on?
 George W. Bush50%
 John Kerry37%
 (NOT READ) Neither8%
 (NOT READ) Both equally1%
 Not sure4%
 
5.Has your confidence in the U.S. military increased, decreased, or been unchanged, as a result of what has gone on in Iraq?
 Increased a lot23%
 Increased a little11%
 Been unchanged52%
 Decreased a little5%
 Decreased a lot8%
 Not sure1%
 Total Increased34%
 Total Decreased13%
 
6.Next I am going to read you a set of statements. For each, tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree:
 
 Pay and benefits for active military should be increased in order to attract enough volunteers to carry out large-scale missions such as the war in Iraq in the future
 Strongly agree47%
 Somewhat agree33%
 Somewhat disagree10%
 Strongly disagree8%
 Not sure2%
 Total agree80%
 Total disagree18%
 
 It is a mistake to have National Guard reserve troops patrolling the streets in Baghdad and guarding prisoners
 Strongly agree24%
 Somewhat agree22%
 Somewhat disagree26%
 Strongly disagree25%
 Not sure3%
 Total agree46%
 Total disagree51%
 
 A military draft should be instituted in the U.S. to ensure we have enough troops to carry out large-scale missions such as the war in Iraq in the future
 Strongly agree17%
 Somewhat agree14%
 Somewhat disagree18%
 Strongly disagree50%
 Not sure1%
 Total agree31%
 Total disagree68%
 
 
7.Now I am going to read you a set of items. Which ONE of the following do you consider the most important foreign policy success of the United States in the past 15 years?
 Increased cooperation between the U.S. and Cold War enemies like Russia and China45%
 The overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq19%
 The overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan10%
 NAFTA, the free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico8%
 The first Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi invaders7%
 U.S. efforts that brought peace to Kosovo4%
 (NOT READ) Other-
 (NOT READ) None of these2%
 Not sure5%
 
8.If the United States were involved in a new war next year and you could choose any ONE of the following Presidents, who would you most like to see as Commander in Chief:
 George W. Bush25%
 Franklin Delano Roosevelt24%
 Abraham Lincoln18%
 Harry Truman14%
 George Herbert Walker Bush6%
 Lyndon Baines Johnson3%
 Woodrow Wilson1%
 (NOT READ) Oppose any new war--
 (NOT READ) None of the above4%
 (NOT READ) Other3%
 Not Sure2%
 
9.I'm going to read you some things people say describe the ways the war in Iraq has affected them personally, and for each one I read, tell me whether that describes you or not:
  Yes, Describes
 A close friend, family member or co-worker who is a full-time member of the armed forces has served or is serving in Iraq36%
 A close friend, family member or co-worker is a National Guard reserve member who has served or is serving in Iraq32%
 A close friend, family member or co-worker has been wounded or killed in Iraq9%
 Total Affected Personally46%
 Total Not Affected/Refused54%
 
10.Given everything that has happened, do you feel it was worth or not worth it for the United States to go to war in Iraq?
 Worth it53%
 Not worth it44%
 Don't know / Not sure3%
 
 The same question was asked again on June 25-27. The sample size was 1,002 adults, with a margin of error of +/-3%.
 Worth it46%
 Not worth it49%
 Don't know / Not sure5%
 
Demographics:
 
Age Group:
 18-2410%
 25-3421%
 35-4421%
 45-5420%
 55-6411%
 65+16%
 Refused/Not sure1%
 
Employment Status:
 TOTAL EMPLOYED62%
 --Full time51%
 --Part time11%
 Not employed17%
 Retired21%
 Refused/Not sure-
 
Last Year of School Completed:
 Grade school or some high school8%
 Completed high school22%
 Some college, but did not finish24%
 Completed a two-year college degree14%
 Completed a four-year college degree19%
 Completed a post-graduate degree such as a Master's or Ph.D.13%
 Refused/Not sure-
 
Marital Status:
 Yes55%
 No45%
 Refused/Not sure-
 
Party Affiliation:
 Strongly Republican19%
 Moderately Republican26%
 Definitely Independent/neither9%
 Moderately Democrat26%
 Strongly Democrat18%
 Refused/Not sure2%
 Total Republican45%
 Total Democrat44%
 
Race/Ethnicity
 White79%
 Black8%
 Hispanic7%
 Asian3%
 American Indian1%
 Other1%
 Refused1%
 
Household Income:
 Under $15,00011%
 $15,000 to less than $20,0004%
 $20,000 to less than $25,0009%
 $25,000 to less than $30,0005%
 $30,000 to less than $40,00010%
 $40,000 to less than $50,0009%
 $50,000 to less than $75,00016%
 $75,000 to less than $100,0008%
 $100,000 or more12%
 Refused/Not sure16%
 
Region:
 Northeast19%
 Midwest23%
 South36%
 West22%
 
Metropolitan Status:
 Urban28%
 Suburban47%
 Rural25%
 
Gender
 Male48%
 Female52%
 


Interviews: 1,003 adults
Margin of error: +/- 3.1%

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