Iraq: MISTAKE

For the first time since the Iraq war started, a majority of Americans believe that it was a mistake to go into Iraq — 51% to 48%. What’s worse for Bush is that 58% disapprove on how the US has handled the Iraq situation in recent months, compared to 39% who approve.

Maybe there is a glimmer of hope that people will wake up and see how horrible Bush has been.

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Poll: Most Americans Now Say War Was a Mistake

By E&P Staff

Published: December 28, 2004 10:45 AM ET

NEW YORK In a historic shift, a majority of Americans express the view that the U.S. made a mistake in going to war against Iraq, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.

The poll, released on Tuesday, shows that 51% now hold this view, with 48% supporting the decision to go to war. In November those numbers were virtually reversed.

In January, 63% approved of the war and 35% disapproved.

Eighty percent of Democrats find the war a mistake, while 80% of Republicans defend it. The split among Independents is 53% disapprove and 46% approve.

Other views also turned more negative.

By 58% to 39% the public disapproves of the way the U.S. has handled things in that country in recent months.

Nearly half the sample says things are going worse in Iraq than a year ago, with only 20% saying it is going better.
E&P Staff

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