Sunday, September 23, 2007

AP Poll: Most see Iraq war as failure

A new AP poll indicates that a clear majority of Americans consider the Iraq War to be a failure. One group, however, continues to be as out of touch with reality as Chimperator Bush: Evangelical Christians. My, my, what a surprise. I guess they are drinking the same Kool-Aid as the Chimperator. Here are a few highlights:

WASHINGTON - The public sees the Iraq war as a failure and thinks the U.S. troop buildup there has not worked, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll suggesting the tough sell President Bush faces in asking Congress and voters for more time.

The pessimism expressed by most people — including significant minorities of Republicans — contrasted with the brighter picture offered by Gen. David Petraeus. The chief U.S. commander in Iraq told Congress on Monday that the added 30,000 troops have largely achieved their military goals and could probably leave by next summer, though he conceded there has been scant political progress. By 59 percent to 34 percent, more people said they believe history will judge the Iraq war a complete or partial failure than a success. People calling it a mistake to go to war in March 2003 outnumbered those calling it the right decision by 57 percent to 37 percent, numbers that have stayed about level for more than a year. About a quarter of Republicans, along with most Democrats and independents, labeled the war an error.

Two groups that normally support the Bush administration — white evangelical voters and conservatives — remained largely behind its war strategy. Just over half of the white evangelicals who attend church at least weekly said the war was the right decision and the extra troops were helping, while about four in 10 said the war is a success — well more than Catholics and Protestants measured in the survey. Slight majorities of conservatives saw success in Iraq, a troop increase that is working and a war that was the right choice.

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