Another Poll, This One for 'LAT,' Finds War Support Eroding

By: E&P Staff Another major poll, this one from the Los Angeles Times, shows support for America's Iraq adventure continuing to slip.

The poll, conducted Saturday through Monday, found that the percentage of Americans who believe the situation in Iraq was "worth going to war over" has sunk to a new low of 39%, down 5% since October.

The Times also reported that 37% of the public advocates withdrawing at least some troops now, a position very few newspaper editorial pages have endorsed. Fifty-two percent want to wait and see what happens after the Iraqi elections. Just 4% would like to send more troops, a position supported by many newspapers, including The New York Times, along with legislators such as Sen. John McCain.

In addition, 47% said they would like to see most of the troops out within a year.

Among other findings: Almost half, or 45%, say they believed the war has destabilized the Middle East; 24% say they think it had a stabilizing effect. A large majority, 65%, say they believe the war in Iraq had harmed the United States' image around the world.

The Times poll surveyed 1,033 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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