GALLUP: What Americans Would Like to Tell Bush About Iraq

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By: E&P Staff

A unique survey question posed by the Gallup organization reveals just how far the president and Congress — and most newspaper editorial pages — appear to stand from the wishes of the American public on getting out of Iraq.

Gallup, in a report today, said it posed the question: If you had 15 minutes with President Bush in the Oval Office what would you tell him to do about Iraq?

The majority (56%) said they would urgently urge him to focus on getting out of Iraq, with the highest number (nearly 4 in 10) agreeing with the wish to simply “pull the troops out/end it” and others backing other exit ideas.

Another 6% would tell him to admit his mistakes in Iraq and apologize. About 7% would advise the president to work with study groups or the United Nations to figure out a solution. Only one in four would tell the president to stay the course or be more aggressive in Iraq.

Gallup concludes: “The majority of Americans, as measured in a number of Gallup Poll surveys this year, believe the initial decision for the United States to become involved in Iraq was mistake. Research also shows a majority of Americans favor a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. It is not surprising, therefore, to find that Americans — if given the chance to talk with President Bush about Iraq — would be most likely to tell him to figure out a way to get U.S. troops withdrawn from that country.

“The president maintains the loyalty of a smaller group of Americans — one in four — who are supportive of his current actions or would even want him to be more aggressive.”

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