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New poll: Americans want to WIN in Iraq, not withdraw

February 20, 2007

The majority of the American people want to WIN the war in Iraq, according to a new poll from the Moriah Group and Public Opinion Strategies. By a 53-to-46 percent margin, “respondents surveyed said that Democrats are going too far, too fast in pressing the President to withdraw troops from Iraq.”

iraqflagI agree with this assessment, but something smelly fishy…

The Drudge Report flashed this poll as breaking news Wednesday night, but at 9:30 p.m. EST, Drudge has pulled it down off the front page. Is there an issue with the source of this poll? Probably will find out more tomorrow.

The release states that “Public Opinion Strategies ‘scored the best win-loss record among the major polling and media firms in the 2004 election’ and was named Pollster of the Year in 2002.” OK, we’ll see…

Some other stats from the poll:

  • By identical 57 percent – 41 percent margins, voters agreed with these statements: I support finishing the job in Iraq, that is, keeping the troops there until the Iraqi government can maintain control and provide security and the Iraqi war is a key part of the global war on terrorism.
  • Also, by a 56 percent – 43 percent margin, voters agreed that even if they have concerns about his war policies, Americans should stand behind the President in Iraq because we are at war.

  • While the survey shows voters believe (60 percent- 34 percent) that Iraq will never become a stable democracy, they still disagree that victory in Iraq (creating a young, but stable democracy and reducing the threat of terrorism at home) is no longer possible. Fifty-three percent say it’s still possible, while 43 percent disagree.
  • By a wide 74 percent – 25 percent margin, voters disagree with the notion that “I don’t really care what happens in Iraq after the U.S. leaves, I just want the troops brought home.”
  • When asked which statement best describes their position on the Iraq War, voters are evenly divided (50 percent – 49 percent) between positions of “doing whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country,” and positions that call for immediate withdrawal or a strict timetable.
  • 27 percent said “the Iraq war is the front line in the battle against terrorism and our troops should stay there and do whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country.”
  • 23 percent said “while I don’t agree that the U.S. should be in the war, our troops should stay there and do whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country.”
  • 32 percent said “whether Iraq is stable or not, the U.S. should set and hold to a strict timetable for withdrawing troops.”
  • 17 percent said “the U.S. should immediately withdraw its troops from Iraq.”
  • The survey also found that voters thought it would hurt American prestige more to pull out of Iraq immediately (59 percent) than it would to stay there for the long term (35 percent).

If you want to Digg this story, go check out the link here. I’ll be stunned if it makes the front page.

[UPDATE: OutsideTheWire blog takes a look at this poll and how it relates to the Democrats’ “slow bleed” war plan.]

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