Poll Shows Terrorist Continue to Erode America’s Will to Fight Back

Which comes closer to your view?

Jul. 2007 Oct. 2006
In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it confronts the countries and groups that promote terrorism in the Middle East 38% 44%
In the long run, the U.S. will be safer from terrorism if it stays out of other countries’ affairs in the Middle East 54% 49%
Don’t know / No answer 8% 7%

Do you think of the war with Iraq as part of the war on terrorism, or do you think of it as separate from the war on terrorism?

Jul. 2007 Oct. 2006 Sept. 2006
Major part 32% 31% 36%
Minor part 14% 12% 13%
Not part 46% 52% 46%

Source: New York Times / CBS News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 889 American adults, conducted from Jul. 20 to Jul. 22, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

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