GALLUP: 58% Want Pullout in Iraq Within 12 Months

By: E&P Staff

A record number of Americans now say that the Iraq war was a “mistake” and less than half say the U.S. can win the war, a record low number, according to a new Gallup/USA Today poll released today. Almost 6 out of 10 Americans (58%) want troops to be withdrawn within 12 months and only 13% support sending more.

Americans are in favor of congressional legislation that would set a timetable for withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, and 54% want to set a cap on the number of troops.

But only 37% back bills that would cut off funds for troop increases in Iraq and 44% want to revoke authority for the war granted in 2002.

Over three-quarters of Americans support Congress both requiring U.S. troops to come home from Iraq if Iraqi leaders fail to reduce violence in that country and also requiring U.S. troops who served in Iraq to remain home for one year before being redeployed there.

A partisan divide remains. Only 29% of Republicans say the war was a mistake, vs. 84% of Democrats.

The poll was taken March 2-4.

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