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Americans with unique Iraq perspective-Clinton/Thompson All that Jazz
  Jul 20, 2007

A random sample of 1,020 respondents between July 8 and 17th, 2007. This is a fused poll with 'blind' audit. This poll features a margin of error of 3.75%, 19 times out of 20 @98% competency. ROBBINS MediaWorks sponsored this poll.

Question #1
Consider the deplorable events of September 9-11 for a moment. Now consider US foreign policy in Iraq. In your opinion is the U.S. presence in Iraq an aggressive or defensive position at this moment in time?
Aggressive    53 %
Defensive    47 %
Undecided/No Opinion    11 %
Question #2
Consider for a moment a circumstance where American troops have left Iraq entirely. What in your opinion is the liklihood terrorists will attack the United States on its soil again?
Very Likely    07 %
Likely    11 %
Unlikely    32 %
Very Unlikely    41 %
Undecided    09 %
Question #3
In the event that another attack by terrorists against the United States on its soil were undertaken, and it were reasonably understood from which region of the world the terrorists originated or in the alternative were trained, would you support the use of nuclear weapons against that country, region etc.
Yes    55 %
No    34 %
Undecided/No Opinion    11 %
Question #4
In a hypothetical race for President of the United States between the Democratic and Republican nominee which of the following two candidates would you, (if you were voting today and had to make a selection), choose for your next President?
Democrat Hillary Clinton    53 %
Republican Fred Thompson    47 %
Undecided    21 %
Question #5
In a hypothetical race for President of the United States between the Democratic and Republican nominee which of the following two candidates would you, (if you were voting today and had to make a selection), choose for your next President?
Republican Rudy Guiliani    45.5 %
Democrat Hillary Clinton    54.5 %
Undecided    17 %
Commentary
Observations/Commentary
Americans may want to get out of Iraq, but they are nearly split on why they are there, and many believe it is a defensive effort.
Americans may be getting sick of the war but they are still sensitive to the original endeavour notwithstanding the overkill of weapons of mass destruction criticism. "They attacked us first." This suggests that many Americans accept the idea that terrorists emanate from the Iraq itself or Iraq and the region aid and abet terrorism.
The vast majority of Americans in this ROBBINS poll do not believe terrorists will attack again. This sentiment is underscored by the responses to the previous question, and that is, 'they attacked us and we responded'.
The American public does not believe terrorists will want more trouble with the United States, but if more trouble comes, the vast majority of them do not rule out serious consequences for the country or region that provokes it. "Nuke em all" says one more unabashed respondent to question #3.
The Presidential final is shaping up early to be between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Fred Thompson (who isn't official yet). Rudy Guiliani could challenge but either he or John McCain, given their tough stance on the war in Iraq are looking more and more like Vice-Presidential material.
There is still plenty of time and much can happen, but the numbers are shaping up sufficiently to provide us a bit of a sketch of the potential future race for the White House.

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