From Informed Comment
US Public Skeptical of “Surge,” 72% Disapprove of Bush’s Handling of Iraq
It isn’t amazing that 61% of Americans think the US should never have invaded Iraq. [- Courtesy NYT/CBS.]
What is amazing is that 35% still think it was a good idea.
It isn’t amazing that 76% (including 51% of Republicans) of Americans say that the increased US troop levels in Iraq have had no impact or are making things worse.
What is amazing is that 20% think that things have gotten significantly better.
It isn’t amazing that 63% of Americans support a timetable for US withdrawal ending in 2008. What is amazing is that so many do not.
It isn’t amazing that 13% want to cut off money for the Iraq War immediately, or that 69% want further funding to be tied to the meeting of specific benchmarks.
What is amazing is that %15 want the war funded with no conditions at all.
(By the way, that only 13% want to cut off all funding immediately goes a long way toward explaining the vote on the supplemental in Congress).
It isn’t amazing that 72 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush’s handling of Iraq.
What is amazing is that 23 percent approve. (Are these the horror movie fans in the Republican base?)
It isn’t amazing that 65 percent disapprove of Bush’s management of foreign policy.
What is amazing is that 25 percent approves. (They should be asked specifically of what they approve. The rest of us want to know.)
I won’t say anything mean about the fall to a 38% favorability rating for the Republican Party. If I were a Republican, I’d want to impeach Cheney before it goes on down to zero. Given that a third of evangelicals voted Democrat in the last election, it is not impossible that the GOP will end up a minority taste for years to come.