USA Today/Gallup Poll: Support for Iraq War at Record Low

By: E&P Staff

A new poll conducted by USA Today and Gallup finds U.S. public support for the war in Iraq has reached a new low.

The survey, conducted last Friday through Sunday, found that only 1 in 5 Americans says the increase in U.S. forces in Iraq since January has made the situation there better. Half say it has not made a difference. More than 7 in 10 polled said they were in favor of removing nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by April 2008.

Slightly more than half (55%) of those polled by the newspaper and Gallup say Congress should hold off on developing a new policy on Iraq until Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, delivers a promised assessment in September — but 40% say Congress should act sooner.

The poll also found that President George W. Bush’s approval rating has reached a new low: 29%.

In a front-page story Tuesday, USA Today reported that White House spokesman Tony Fratto declined to discuss the findings. “We really don’t pay much attention to polls,” he told the paper. “I know they’re fun, self-generating news hooks, but we don’t make policy decisions based on which way the wind is blowing.”

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