I haven’t been able to find it online, but this morning’s USA Today reported on a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll on Iraq. Only three findings were reported, which presumably do not comprise the entire poll.
By a 69% to 30% margin, respondents said it is “worth it” to have U.S. troops in Iraq now. By 74% to 24%, respondents said the present level of casualties is “to be expected” as opposed to “unacceptably high.” (This one surprises me; I would think many people would describe any American casualties as “unacceptable” on principle, even if they think the war is going well.) And by 55% to 44%, respondents were either “very” or “somewhat” confident that the U.S. will be able to stop attacks on American soldiers, as opposed to “not very” or “not at all” confident.
Like most poll data, these are somewhat out of date by the time they appear; the survey was conducted from June 27-29. And public opinion lags events, so maybe a downward trend will appear later. For now, however, the constant, shrill attack on the Administration and the war effort by virtually all news media (not to mention the Democrats, for those who like to draw fine distinctions) has had surprisingly little effect.
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