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Nearly 6 in 10 Americans Support Troop Reductions in Iraq (Gallop Poll)
Gallop ^ | 6/13/05

Posted on 06/13/2005 10:38:19 AM PDT by areafiftyone

A new Gallup Poll finds most Americans favoring a partial or complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, and for the first time, a majority say they would be upset with the president if he decided to send more troops. This comes at a time when basic support for the war is as low as it has been since the war began. The poll probed Americans' reasons for believing the war was or was not worth fighting. Those who favor the war generally cite the Bush administration's various stated motivations for going to war, such as freeing the Iraqi people from an oppressive regime. Those who oppose the war believe there was insufficient justification for going to war, or say the costs have been too high given the lack of progress. 

The June 6-8 poll finds 56% of Americans saying it was not worth going to war in Iraq, while 42% say it was worth it. These results are essentially the same as in a late April/early May poll (41% worth it, 57% not worth it), which represent the lowest levels of war support since fighting began in March 2003. Since last October, at least half of Americans have consistently said the war was not worth it. 


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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ambiguousquestions; gallup; leftistagenda; poll; polling; polls; pollsoniraq; selectivephrasing; turass; warbypoll; weakpolls
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1 posted on 06/13/2005 10:38:19 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
Aren't many of the Dems arguing that we don't have enough troops in Iraq? Are they yet again out of the mainstream?
2 posted on 06/13/2005 10:40:41 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: areafiftyone

So What?

If you asked them, you would probably find that 6 in 10 Americans would like a "chicken in every pot".

my 2 cents.


3 posted on 06/13/2005 10:42:27 AM PDT by jonno (We are NOT a democracy - though we are democratic. We ARE a constitutional republic.)
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To: areafiftyone

I'd like to see exactly how they phrased the question. Is there anyone who DOESN'T want our troops to come home, safely and soon?


4 posted on 06/13/2005 10:43:08 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: areafiftyone

With this bunch whining about Gitmo, the hell with it, bring the troops back home. Why bust your butt for them, they aren't worth it.


5 posted on 06/13/2005 10:43:48 AM PDT by Bossy Gillis
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To: areafiftyone
Only sicko types in the Democrat Party CONDUCT a WAR BY POLL.

Ludicrous and inane.

6 posted on 06/13/2005 10:44:16 AM PDT by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: nina0113

The questions are on the website. Alas we can't post the whole thing on Free Republic which makes it difficult to see everything. Check out the website and you will see all the questions, I believe there are 15 of them.


7 posted on 06/13/2005 10:44:57 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: areafiftyone
All these polls that have been coming out lately about souring moods towards the war along with these stories of a possible shut down of Gitmo seem to be a coordinated effort by the media to show the national consensus for the war has eroded. We all know the majority of Americans support this effort. The one thing we do not like is the PC approach to this war. I think we can all agree on that.
8 posted on 06/13/2005 10:47:49 AM PDT by slowhand520
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To: areafiftyone

Think of the money we can save now that we don't need West Point, Annapolis, and the others. Heck, we can eliminate ROTC too. Years of study of history and military tactics are just wasted time now.

Now that we run wars by polls, do we even need generals?

Perhaps we should poll the terrorists we are fighting as well- shall we reduce troop strength, or continue to erode your feeble grip on the area?


9 posted on 06/13/2005 10:48:09 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: areafiftyone

So much for American credibility in the Middle East. Al Qaeda stock way up.


10 posted on 06/13/2005 10:53:58 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: highlander_UW
So what. . .at least as large percentage believe in Medicare owing them everything they want but choose not to buy for themselves, social security is their natural right, regardless how high taxes need to be raised to support baby boomers, who will demand the same but probably much higher goodies from the taxpayers.

If 6 out of 10 Americans hanging out at the mall on any given weekend, were asked if they believed in UFSs, I'll be willing to bet quite a bit of money, would answer yes!

The questions asked to dupes who answer the phone(depending on how the question is phrased) will probably agree that George Bush committed fraud in Ohio and Kerry was really elected, as was Al Gore.

11 posted on 06/13/2005 10:54:46 AM PDT by zerosix
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To: areafiftyone

As I thought, no mention of what time frame these troops should be withdrawn in.

Can we use MY question next time:

"Do you think US troops should be withdrawn from Iraq before their mission is complete?"

Which of course brings up the next question, how do we define "mission complete?"


12 posted on 06/13/2005 10:55:21 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: areafiftyone

Reductions?? And the media has been trying to convince us for more than 2 years that we have too FEW troops in Iraq...


13 posted on 06/13/2005 10:57:54 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: areafiftyone

Consider the source.


14 posted on 06/13/2005 10:58:56 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: jonno

Exactly. I wonder what the results would be for the following question:

Yes or no, Do you support reducing US troops in Iraq if it would cause the terrorist to win?

I suspect a much smaller number would say yes.


15 posted on 06/13/2005 10:59:30 AM PDT by JLS
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To: nina0113
Which of course brings up the next question, how do we define "mission complete?"

I agree with your poll question, and for this definition...Perhaps something along the lines of..

We have a reasonable level of confidence that our withdrawal will not result in chaos or the return to power of Saddam coupled with a nation that will not be a training ground for terrorists nor one harboring designs on conquering it's neighbors.

16 posted on 06/13/2005 11:02:55 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: areafiftyone

America shows its rank stupidity once again. But then again, I know what slop media polls are. They're quick, dirty and don't balance for party I.D.


17 posted on 06/13/2005 11:08:43 AM PDT by MikeA
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To: areafiftyone

So what? I support troop reductions in Iraq, as soon as they're feasible.


18 posted on 06/13/2005 11:10:20 AM PDT by My2Cents
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To: nina0113

Polls by democrats aren't worth the paper they are printed on.
The polls always reflect the democrat's position, which tells you they are obviously biased.
MSM as always, continues on it's mission to choose the government of the nation by directing public opinion.


19 posted on 06/13/2005 11:23:37 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: nina0113

Phrasing is all.

I remember early polls in the WOT showed that Americans didn't want to launch military campaigns against Afghanistan etc.

Turns out that what the respondents meant was why do we have to do it all - where's the help from the rest of Western Civilization? Of course the msm made sure that reason for resistance to military action wasn't included in stories about that "poll".


20 posted on 06/13/2005 11:25:05 AM PDT by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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