Eighty-seven percent of Republicans say it's going well, and 83 percent say the country is safer now than before 9/11. Among Democrats these shrink to 49 and 45 percent, respectively, with independents between the two extremes.
Still, the partisan gap on U.S anti-terrorism efforts is narrower now than at its widest in September 2006.
That's because positive assessments of the campaign against terrorism have improved by 20 points among independents and 16 points among Democrats.
METHODOLOGY: This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 5-7, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,133 adults, including an oversample of African Americans (weighted to their correct share of the national population), for a total of 211 black respondents. Results have a 3-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.