GALLUP: Most Feel ‘Surge’ Not Working Or Making Things Worse in Iraq

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By: E&P Staff

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds nearly two in three Americans believing the current escalation of U.S. troops in Baghdad “has not made much difference or has actually made the situation there worse,” Gallup reports today. And more than half also say that, once we begin to remove troops from the region, “insurgents will step up their attacks in Baghdad and Iraqi security forces will not be able to control the violence.”

The public also supports s setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq by fall 2008.

In the latest poll, 43% say the troop increase is not making much difference, 22% say it is making the situation worse, and just 29% of Americans say it is making the situation better — despite positive claims from the White House and some pundits.

“When asked about what is likely to happen when the United States reduces the number of troops it has in Baghdad, more than half of Americans (53%) say the insurgents in Iraq will step up their attacks and Iraqi security forces will be unable to make the city secure. Only 36% say the security forces will be able to keep the situation in Baghdad largely under control,” Gallup reveals.

A majority in the March 23-25 poll favor a timetable for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq by fall 2008 (60% favor, 38% oppose).

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