Latest poll shows growing support for Iraq war policy
In the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, taken Friday through Sunday, the proportion of those who said the additional troops are "making the situation better" rose to 31% from 22% a month ago. Those who said it was "not making much difference" dropped to 41% from 51%.While the number who think the surge is making things better is up by 9% and is statically significant it still represents less than a third. It has been "relatively" quiet for Iraq, which it usually is this time of year surge or no surge, so a slight uptick is not too surprising. I guess the news that the Iraqi government is failing hasn't really struck home. The significant number is that two thirds want virtually all troops out of Iraq by April, 2008. Doesn't sound like there is much support to me. Members of Congress that make their decisions based on this snapshot will be sorry.
About the same number said it was making things worse: 24% now, 25% a month ago.
The number of those who favor removing virtually all U.S. troops from Iraq by next April 1 has dropped a bit, though two-thirds of those surveyed still support the idea.
In the July survey, a record high of 62% had called the invasion of Iraq "a mistake." That view is now held by 57%, roughly where it's been for more than a year.