Should all U.S. Troops be brought home from Iraq immediately?
Has the troop surge made the situation in Iraq better or worse?
57% Favor Immediate Troop Withdrawal or Firm Deadline
Just 29% Believe Troop Surge Worked
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of American voters now favor either an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq (37%) or a firm deadline for their withdrawal (20%). The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 35% of voters are opposed to both of these options for ending the war. Yesterday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill mandating a troop withdrawal to begin by October 1. The legislation’s goal is to end all U.S. involvement by March 2008. The Bill is expected to pass the Senate setting up a confrontation with the White House which has promised a Presidential veto.
The number of Americans favoring immediate withdrawal has increased nine percentage points since November. On the eve of Election 2006, just 28% favored bringing home the troops right away.
Overall, 80% of voters say they are following news stories about this debate closely, including 46% who are following it Very Closely. (More Below)
This issue establishes one of the clearest partisan divides among the general population. Most Democrats (54%) favor immediate troop withdrawal while another 24% in Nancy Pelosi’s party favor a firm timetable for withdrawal. Just 16% of Democrats are opposed to both options.
Among the GOP, just 17% favor immediate withdrawal and another 15% favor a timetable. Most Republicans (57%) oppose both restrictions on the War effort.
Underlying these attitudes is pessimism about the War itself. Just 29% of American voters believe the troop surge launched earlier this year has made things better in Iraq. Twice as many, 61%, believe the surge has either made things worse (43%) or had no impact (18%). A separate survey found that just 33% believe history will judge the U.S. mission in Iraq a success. Fifty percent (50%) believe it will be viewed as a failure.
Even Republicans are not convinced--just 52% of those in the President’s Party believe the surge has made things better. Only 12% of Democrats and 26% of those not affiliated with either major party share that optimistic assessment. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats believe the surge has made things worse, a view shared by 41% of the unaffiliated.
President Bush’s Job Approval ratings remain low, largely due to the situation in Iraq.
Rasmussen Reports has released several recent updates on the War in Iraq including:
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