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5/03/2005

Most Americans: Iraq = bad idea

From CNN via Atrios:

Poll: Most in U.S. say Iraq war not worthwhile

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A majority of Americans do not believe it was worth going to war in Iraq, a national poll reported Tuesday.

Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they did not believe it was worth going to war, versus 41 percent who said it was, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 1,006 adults.

That was a drop in support from February, when 48 percent said it was worth going to war and half said it was not.

It's also the highest percentage of respondents who have expressed those feelings and triple the percentage of Americans who said that it was not worth the cost shortly after the war began about two years ago.

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Asked how things are going for the United States in Iraq, 56 percent said "badly" or "very badly," up from 45 percent in March.

Forty-two percent said "well" or "very well," down from 52 percent in March.

Americans appeared evenly divided over whether the decision to send U.S. troops to Iraq was a mistake, with 49 percent saying yes and 48 percent saying no. The sampling error was plus or minus 5 points.

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The number of U.S. troops who have died in the Iraq war stands at 1,587, according to the military.


I'm not entirely sure how to square the 57% saying Iraq wasn't worth it with the only 49% who say it was a mistake, though. Either way, it's clear that public sentiment is not where the Bush administration would like it to be.

It's probably all the fault of the liberal media, though, for only reporting the bad news out of Iraq. I mean, do you realize how many people in Iraq didn't die today? You won't hear that number on CNN.

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