The Washington Times - February 3, 2011, 12:43PM

The number of Americans who say terrorists are winning the “war on terror” has fallen to its lowest level in a year-and-a-half, a new national survey shows.

Results of a Rasmussen Reports national survey released Thursday shows that 19 percent of Americans say the terrorists are winning the war — down 11 percentage points from early January and the lowest level measured since July 2009.


But there is little change in the number of Americans who say the United States and its allies are winning the war, the pollster says. The survey shows that 39 percent of likely voters say the U.S. and its allies are winning, which is consistent with findings by Rasmussen during the past two months.

Thirty-two percent of the current survey’s respondents also say neither side is winning, the highest that finding in several years of tracking.

In December, a Rasmussen survey showed the number of Americans who said terrorists were winning the war on terror hit 32 percent, the highest level in more than three years. Confidence the U.S. and its allies are winning has fallen below 50 percent on a regular basis since the spring of 2009, and has fallen below 40 several times since October.

The national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Monday and Tuesday, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.