Just 17% Favor Dubai Ports Deal
February 24, 2006--Just 17% of Americans believe Dubai Ports World
should be allowed to purchase operating rights to several U.S. ports.
A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 64% disagree and believe the
sale should not be allowed (see crosstabs).
Just 39% of Americans know that the operating rights are currently
owned by a foreign firm. Fifteen percent (15%) believe the operating
rights are U.S. owned while 46% are not sure.
From a political perspective, President Bush's national security
credentials have clearly been tarnished due to the outcry over this
issue. For the first time ever, Americans have a slight preference for
Democrats in Congress over the President on national security issues.
Forty-three percent (43%) say they trust the Democrats more on this
issue today while 41% prefer the President.
It is important to note that the question about trust on national
security issues was asked first, before any mention was made of the
Dubai Ports issue.
The preference for the opposition party is small, but the fact that
Democrats are even competitive on the national security front is
startling. In Election 2002, the President guided his party to regain
control of the Senate based almost exclusively on the national
security issue. On Election Day that year, just 23% rated the economy
as good or excellent, but the President's Party still emerged victorious.
In Election 2004, national security was again the decisive issue as
the President won re-election. Voters consistently expressed a
preference for George W. Bush over John Kerry when it came to issues
surrounding the War on Terror.