Tuesday, January 16, 2007

American Public Even More Opposed to Troop Increase

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Not only has Pres. Bush failed to persuade Americans to support a troop increase in Iraq -- he has actually managed to make the public more pessimistic than they were before:

President Bush's address to the nation last week failed to move public opinion in support of his plan to increase U.S. troop levels in Iraq and left Americans more pessimistic about the likely outcome of the war.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, more than 6 of 10 people back the idea of a non-binding congressional resolution expressing opposition to Bush's plan to commit an additional 21,500 U.S. troops to Iraq.

When asked whether they supported proposals being floated in Congress to deny funding for Bush's troop increase, 47% said yes and 50% said no. A solid majority supported a nonbinding congressional resolution opposing the escalation. Complete poll results are here.

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