Poll shows only 11% agree with Obama administration that the war on terror is over

posted at 9:21 am on May 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, the Obama administration attempted to float the notion that the war on terror was over, probably in anticipation of its celebrations this week of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.  National Journal got the officially unofficial leak from the White House about the nomenclature change, as well as an almost-immediate retreat:

 “The war on terror is over,” one senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues told me. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”  (In a Tuesday night update to this post, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor clarified that while the “war on terror” concept has been dropped, “we absolutely have never said our war against al Qaida is over. We are prosecuting that war at an unprecedented pace.”

At the most obvious level, this is a very strange argument to make.  We have tens of thousands of troops in a shooting war in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, al-Qaeda’s ally and one-time enablers.  Barack Obama himself wisely increased the number of combat troops in that theater to ensure that we maintained our advantage.  If that’s not a war on terror, then what exactly is it?

The test balloon didn’t exactly resonate with the American public.  A Rasmussen poll released yesterday shows that only 11% believe the war on terror is over, and a majority think that a terrorist attack in the next year is still a realistic possibility:

Voters overwhelmingly reject the idea that the war on terror is over one year after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, although most feel his al Qaeda terrorist group is weaker today. But a majority also still thinks a terrorist attack is possible in the next year.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think the war on terror is over. Seventy-nine percent (79%) say that war, declared after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, is not over. Another 11% are undecided.

The poll has some good news for Obama, though:

Fifty percent (50%) believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror. Prior to the killing of bin Laden, confidence that the United States was winning the war on terror generally ranged from the high 30s to the low 40s in regular tracking since early 2005. But following bin Laden’s death, that finding surged into the 50s and has generally been in the high 40s and low 50s ever since.

Fifty-five percent (55%) now think al Qaeda is weaker than it was before 9/11, the highest finding in regular surveys for several years. Only 12% believe the terrorist group is stronger, while 28% rate their strength about the same.

So who exactly believes that the war on terror is over?  Looking over the demographics, it’s clear that no particular set of voters buy that.  The best score in the demos for that position is among those who make under $20K a year, and that’s 25/62.  The declaration of victory only gets 16/65 among self-described liberals, the best in the ideological demos.  Only 15% of Democrats agree, with 70% disagreeing, and it’s 8/80 among independents.   Interestingly, that message scores worse among women (8/80) than among men (13/78), although the difference is on the outside edge of the margin of error.

Last night I moderated an AM1280 The Patriot event with Dennis Prager and Rep. Michele Bachmann, who mentioned this White House trial balloon, and issued a challenge.  If the Obama administration really believes that the war on terror is over, Bachmann said, then they should disband the TSA.  Think that will happen any time soon?  Naaaaah.


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So who exactly believes that the war on terror is over?

Didn’t the senate just pass a bill to say it was going to be funded till 2024?

War, what war?!

upinak on May 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

But the war on American freedoms is still well underway.

search4truth on May 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Proving that 11% of people in this world are complete & total morons who probably need help putting their pants on in the morning.

Dark Star on May 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The War on Terror is over? Yeah, ask the Fort Hood victims and their families if they agree.

Doughboy on May 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

so…..

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

lm10001 on May 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Yeah, go into Detroit and tell the women that live under sharia law that.

acyl72 on May 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Wow….just wow

cmsinaz on May 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The Boy in the High Stool (have to see Ramirez’ cartoon today) punked by Michele Bachmann.

MNHawk on May 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Bet the men and women in AFG don’t think so, and neither do their families. What a dolt!

indyvet on May 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

But the war on American freedoms is still well underway.

search4truth on May 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

And that won’t change with Romney.

rickv404 on May 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Hope that eleven percent are the only one’s voting for Odoodoo.

msupertas on May 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

In looking at Polling Report (which, despite falsely claiming it’s “non-partisan”, has refused for years to run Ras polls), no other polls have even asked this type of question since late last year.

Let’s see if the Democrat Media does so now, to try and make the public believe the WOT is in fact over.

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Last week, the Obama administration attempted to float the notion that the war on terror was over

Why not….the mental midgets that make up the Obama administration launch wars and call them..”kinetic military operations”…..

…..Call surrender in Afghanistan “transitioning”..

…………. claim “the Taliban is not our enemy”…

……………….and now Obama is going around the country bragging about killing Osama while Afghanistan burns.

This is like spiking the ball on the 50 yard line after you just lost the Super Bowl.

Claiming the “War on Terror ” is over is consistent with how democrats operate.
Facts and results be damned…it’s all about the narrative.

Baxter Greene on May 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Since OBL is ‘officially’ dead, the WoT IS over for the current occupant of the oval office.

While in hiding, Osama bin Laden plotted to assassinate US President Barack Obama – @NBCNewsStory

heroyalwhyness on May 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

The war on terror is over???

Might be a good thing to tell the Islamofascist fundamentalist jihadis that.

Seems that they are still operating under the assumption that Death to America and blowing themselves up along with as many Americans as they can is a doable goal.

Of course, in diplomacy and in war, when one side says that a war is over and the other side continues to march…I do believe they call that “surrender.”

So…the Obama Administration has surrendered to Islamofascism?

Could have seen this coming a long long time ago…

Thank you, Bari al-Hussein Obama.

Wow, just wow.

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Oh yeah…one more thing.

If the war on terror is over, will somebody tell this TSA guy to get his hand out of my crotch?

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

A Rasmussen poll released yesterday shows that only 11% believe the war on terror is over

Confirming that 89% of Americans would make a more competent President than Barack Obama.

DaveDief on May 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

They must mean that we have stopped shooting at the enemy in Afg. Gotta save the ammo for Yemen.

Kissmygrits on May 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think the war on terror is over.

 

Obama gets results. OBL is dead, AQ is a shell.
 
freshface on May 1, 2012 at 2:38 AM

rogerb on May 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Well, only this administration and the lap dog media could get away with saying that the WoT is over then issue their typical, vague, non alert alerts for flying today.
I have family overseas flying this week and the neverousness I feel would be gone if the WoT were over.
The Obama administration and their adoring fans make me sick.

ORconservative on May 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Gotta save the ammo for Yemen Lubbock, Bakersfield, Provo, Allentown, Oklahoma City, Overland Park….

Kissmygrits on May 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Hope ya don’t mind. Just had to fix that one. :-)

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Let’s see if the Democrat Media does so now, to try and make the public believe the WOT is in fact over.

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

…..looks like something else is now over though.

“Bush did 9/11″ is officially dead.

democrats need to thump their chests over killing Osama so I guess the “Bush did 9/11″ crowd are going to have to do the same 180′ turn that the “anti-war” crowd has done so that they can keep waving those pom poms for Obama.

liberals can’t score political points off killing Osama if he’s innocent….
……………..so Bush is off the hook.

How progressive!!!!!

Baxter Greene on May 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Let’s put that 11% into perspective…

Isn’t about 20-25% of the country considered “9/11 Truthers” who believe that the attacks were an inside job?

And the number of people who believe the WOT are over are less than HALF of the people who believe that.

teke184 on May 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Baxter Greene on May 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

…well said!

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also…11% think the war on terror is over…So that means the war on drugs is working, if only 11% of the populace is heavily drug addicted.

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Hmm… 11% eh?

I guess I’ll have to be on the lookout for (adult) people with vacant stares, and singing, “I love you, you love me…” to themselves.

And steer a wide path around them.

And, as an afterthought… it would be amusing beyond words if that was Obozo’s final November vote share.

Teh One should be sweating blood over this poll.

CPT. Charles on May 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

If the war on terror is over, will somebody tell this TSA guy to get his hand out of my crotch?

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Sure, just as soon as the War on America ends.

Bruce MacMahon on May 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

If the war on terror is over, will somebody tell this TSA guy to get his hand out of my crotch?

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Sure, just as soon as the War on America ends.

Bruce MacMahon on May 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

That one is scheduled for January 20, 2013, though victory can be declared on November 6, 2012.

teke184 on May 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

To Barry, the war on Terrorism is over. However the “War on Misunderstood, Mistreated Not Quite Friends” may have to continue.

galtani on May 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Only 11 percent? Looks like indoctrination is working.

Dante on May 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

If the Obama administration really believes that the war on terror is over, Bachmann said, then they should disband the TSA.

Good point. I’d believe the war was over if I were allowed to wear my shoes throughout the airport and get on a plane without being treated like a criminal – really don’t like the body scanners.

Esthier on May 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

The timing of these dopes is amazing.

Freedon Tower just placed its 100th floor beam, becoming the tallest building in NYC…

Even limo liberals in NYC recognize the significance and reminder.

Odie1941 on May 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Last night I moderated an AM1280 The Patriot event with Dennis Prager and Rep. Michele Bachmann, who mentioned this White House trial balloon, and issued a challenge.  If the Obama administration really believes that the war on terror is over, Bachmann said, then they should disband the TSA.  Think that will happen any time soon?  Naaaaah.

Of course not. The TSA has nothing to do with “the war on terror”. Its purpose is to mold a compliant public, and that is its only purpose.

Dante on May 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

“Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

That ladies and gentlemen is the kind of idiocy you can only get with a real expensive Ivy League education.

sandbagger on May 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’m sorry but,
Legitimate islamism???????
What on earth is that…..??????

angrymike on May 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

“Legitimate Islamism”? Are you freakin’ kidding me?

flipflop on May 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Flipflop
beat ya to it……………..;-)

angrymike on May 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

sandbagger on May 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

This. [Thank you, sandbagger.]

“Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

Parse this puppy out, folks.

It is thinking such as this that has gotten a lot of folks killed in the past few decades.

If we only are nicer to them they will love us…

Their entire ideology (legitimate Islamism) is built around a single thought…death to all infidels. Period.

Well, this Roman Catholic/Lutheran boy ain’t gonna pop a cap in my head to facilitate that for them…so why are our Harvard-trained “experts” so hell-bent on doing just that for our entire Nation???

coldwarrior on May 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Claiming the “War on Terror ” is over is consistent with how democrats operate.
Facts and results be damned…it’s all about the narrative.

Baxter Greene on May 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Yes. With this trial baloon, Team Zero was attempting to claim that he defeated AQ. Have you all seen the articles from the AP and Reuters stating that AQ is destroyed? All part of the clown team’s test “narrative.”

AQ is still active and still a serious threat. They have a determined and effective leader who shows no sign of surrendering. He is certainly plotting attacks against us.

Yet another failed attempt by the Zero Campaign to get some traction. It’s tough to run a campaign without any accomplishments.

dogsoldier on May 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Only 11 percent? Looks like indoctrination is working.

Dante on May 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Seriously?

Esthier on May 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

If the Obama administration really believes that the war on terror is over, Bachmann said, then they should disband the TSA.  Think that will happen any time soon?  Naaaaah

Oh, and amidst the backslapping and “well, played” adulations, the implication is that Bachmann, et al. believe the TSA should exist as long as the nebulous, protean “war on terror” does. And once again the word unconstitutional is absent.

Dante on May 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Oh, and amidst the backslapping and “well, played” adulations, the implication is that Bachmann, et al. believe the TSA should exist as long as the nebulous, protean “war on terror” does. And once again the word unconstitutional is absent.

Dante on May 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Or simply that the war on terror was the rationalization for the TSA, and that without it, they have none. That doesn’t imply that the rationalization provided is legitimate, just that if it’s gone, there is nothing left.

Esthier on May 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

“The war on terror is over,” one senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues told me. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.” (In a Tuesday night update to this post, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor clarified that while the “war on terror” concept has been dropped, “we absolutely have never said our war against al Qaida is over. We are prosecuting that war at an unprecedented pace.”

Oceania is at peace with Eastasia, and Big Brother will buy Eurasia.

And Kim will make you velly, VELLY solly.

Steve Z on May 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The War on Terror is not exclusively a war on Al Qaida. The war on terror was a PC term to mask what the war really is: a war against Islamic fundamentalists radicals who have declared war on us. There are still millions of those in this world. Egypt and Libya have just become tow new fertile breeding grounds for them thanks to our Commander in Chief and would be self declared victor of the war on terror.

paulsur on May 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Obama is correct – the war on terror is OVER….HE SURRENDERED!

Every gain made in the 8 years under Bush, all the losses & shrinking, has been reversed as terrorists worldwide have more than rebounded under Obama.
– Violating the Constitution and War Powers Act, Obama ‘loaned our military’ to Al Qaeda, the perpetrators of 9/11, to help them overthrow Kadaffi and hand Libya over to them. Part of Libya’s biological arsenal and shoulder launched surface-to-air missiles have already been seen in Gaza and Egypt.
– Obama aided the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to Power in Egypt and then, while claiming the GOP was at war with women, hosted the extremely oppressive Anti-Woman Shari Law-embracing Brotherhood in the White House last week.
– Bypassing Congress AGAIN with another Executive Order, Obama rejected the Palestinian Accountability Act, which prevents any US Goverment from giving Palestine/HAMAS money, and directed that $192 Million in tax dollar/additional US debt-funded ‘aid’ immediately go to Palestine. (HAMAS, a terrorist organization and the enemy of our ally, Israel, and thus an enemy of the US, re-joined the Palestinian Authority recently. Even without HAMAS, Palestine’s charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and its leader refuses to eliminate that from their charter as a condition for statehood recognition.)

Every time Obama’s nationality or loyalty to Muslim Extremists is questioned the administration and ‘Lame Stream Media’ goes on the attack to silence such talk. Well $CREW that anymore – Obama’s own actions demonstrates he has a weakness for Muslim Extremism’. Al Qaeda & The Muslim Brotherhood now have their own nations, & Obama trumped our Congress’ ban on the terrorist organization, HAMAS. If the war on terror is truly over, as I said, it is because OBAMA HAS SURRENDERED…Bypassing Congress and doing so by Executive Order on his own!

easyt65 on May 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

It has been going on for over a thousand years. It began long before the Gates of Vienna. They live by the belief: Smite all infidels. Smite them in the neck. And if you listen to their leaders they intend to struggle for the next 1000 years. You must decide how you intend to deal with this fact. If you do nothing or ignore it … that is your decision.
President Present has (as easyt65 at 1:33

Missilengr on May 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The people who believe we are winning the war on terror are the people who are never scanned or prodded by TSA thugs.

Colony14 on May 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Until Islam ends, the War of Terror continues.

Obama is a craven enabler of its aims.

Killing Bin Laden only distracted from the fact that Obama accomplished more of Osama’s goals than Osama ever did.

Obama is radical Islam’s most effective [witless?] tool.

profitsbeard on May 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Barack Obama himself wisely increased the number of combat troops, after six months of indecision, in that theater to ensure that we maintained our advantage.

That really needed to be added.

AZfederalist on May 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM