Fewer Americans Think U.S. Is Safer Today Than It Was Before 9/11, Poll Says

By | March 24, 2010 | 10:22 PM EDT

This Dec. 2009 photo released by the U.S. Marshal's Service on Monday Dec. 28, 2009 shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Milan, Mich. Abdulmutallab, 23, is charged with trying to detonate an explosive device on a Dec. 25 flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Service)

(CNSNews.com) - Only 35 percent of Americans now think that the United States is safer today than before 9/11 -- down 4 percent from last month’s 39 percent, according to a new national telephone survey conducted from March 21-22 of 1,000 likely voters.
Thirty- eight (38) percent of those polled believe the United States is not safer today, while 27 percent are not sure, according to the Rasmussen Report.
Confidence levels have been dropping since the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack allegedly carried out by Umar Abdulmutallab on an airliner headed to Detroit,  Forty-two (42) percent of voters now say the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror -- down eight points from last month. Twenty-three (23) percent believe the terrorists are winning, and 24 percent think it’s a draw.
When asked if they believe the war in Afghanistan will get better in the in the next six months, only 28 percent of those polled said that it will get better, 35 percent  say the war will get worse, and 24 percent believe that it will remain about the same.
Confidence levels on Afghanistan are more pessimistic than a month ago, but more optimistic than most of the past year. 

When asked if the war in Iraq will get better in the next six months, 35 percent say it will get better while 28 percent think it will worsen. Twenty-five percent say it will remain about the same six months from now as it is today.

Out of those 1,000 likely voters polled, 56 percent said they believe that troops will not be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011 as anticipated. Only 40 percent are somewhat confident that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn as planned.