As Democrats Collapse on Iraq, NYT/CBS Poll Finds Public More Antiwar Than Ever

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By: E&P Staff

Just hours after the Democrats in Congress threw in the towel on trying to force a timetable — or some other measure — for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, The New York Times and CBS released their latest national poll show antiwar sentiment in the country only growing.

“Americans now view the war in Iraq more negatively than at any time since the invasion more than four years ago,” the Times reports today.

— 61% say the United States should have stayed out of Iraq

— 76% say things are going badly there, including 47% who say things are going very badly.

— Only 30% approve of the job President Bush is doing overall.

— 76%, including 51% of Republicans, say additional troops sent to Iraq this year by Bush either have had no impact or are making things worse.

— 63% say the United States should set a date for withdrawing troops from Iraq sometime in 2008.

The nationwide telephone poll was conducted Friday through Wednesday with 1,125 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.



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