New Poll Finds Public Rejects Claims that Iraq Insurgency is Weakening

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By: E&P Staff

Most Americans reject claims by the Bush administration that the insurgency in Iraq is weakening, and specifically don’t believe Vice President Cheney’s recent claim that it is in its “last throes,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released this afternoon.

Only 22% say they believe that the insurgency is getting weaker while 24% believe it is strengthening and 53% say resistance has not changed.

Asked about Cheney’s remarks, only one in four Americans say they believe that the insurgency is on “its last legs.”

According to the Post, the public “was sharply divided over another widely publicized claim about Iraq made by a top administration official. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking last week in Brussels, asserted in a address to the 80-nation conference on the reconstruction of postwar Iraq that a victory over anti-government and U.S. forces will be a death knell for terrorism as we know it’ elsewhere. But fewer than half — 46% — of those interviewed agreed that defeating the insurgents in Iraq would do much to defeat terrorism elsewhere while 53% said it would have, at best, only some positive impact on the broader anti-terrorism campaign.”

There were also these results:

–by 53% to 46% respondents said the war was “not worth fighting”

–by 69% to 29% they feel the level of casualties is “unacceptable”

–41% said the U.S. should withdraw its forces even if civil war follows

–asked how long they think the U.S. will keep forces in Iraq, 32% said “a few years” and 23% said “5 years.”

A total of 1,004 randomly selected adults were interviewed by telephone June 23-26 for this survey. Margin of sampling error for the overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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