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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

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NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). April 20-23, 2007. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1 (for all adults).

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"Do you think the U.S. goal of stabilizing Iraq is still possible, or not?" Half sample (Form A)

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Still
Possible
Not
Possible
Unsure
% % %

4/20-23/07

36 57 7

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"Do you think the U.S. goal of achieving victory in Iraq is still possible, or not?" Half sample (Form B)

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Still
Possible
Not
Possible
Unsure
% % %

4/20-23/07

36 55 9

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"When it comes to the debate on Iraq who do you agree with more: the Democrats in Congress, who say we should set a deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq; OR, President Bush, who says we should NOT set a deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq?"

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Democrats:
Deadline
President:
No Deadline
Some of
Both (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

4/20-23/07

56 37 3 4

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"What concerns you more -- that Congress will go too far in pressing the President to reduce troop levels in Iraq, or that President Bush will not make enough changes in his Iraq policy?"

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Congress
Will Go
Too Far
President
Won't Make
Enough
Changes
Unsure
% % %

4/20-23/07

31 61 8

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"Do you feel that what you are hearing from [see below] about the situation in Iraq is mostly accurate or not?"

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Mostly
Accurate
Not Mostly
Accurate
Unsure
% % %

The news media

    4/20-23/07

40 48 12

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The Democrats in Congress

    4/20-23/07

38 47 15

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The Bush Administration

    4/20-23/07

28 62 10

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. April 18-22, 2007. N=1,508 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

 

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq?"

 

Approve

Disapprove

Unsure
% % %

4/18-22/07

30 63 7
12/06 23 71 6
8/06 32 61 7
6/14-19/06 35 57 8
3/8-12/06 30 65 5
2/1-5/06 38 57 5
12/7-11/05 36 58 6
10/12-24/05 37 57 6
9/6-7/05 34 58 8
7/13-17/05 35 57 8
5/11-15/05 37 56 7
2/16-21/05 40 53 7
1/5-9/05 45 50 5
10/15-19/04 37 56 7
9/8-13/04 47 45 8
8/5-10/04 43 52 5
7/8-18/04 42 53 5
6/3-13/04 42 51 7
4/21-25/04 44 48 8
4/1-4/04 40 53 7
1/6-11/04 59 37 4
9/17-22/03 52 40 8

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"The Congress is now debating future funding for the war in Iraq. Would you like to see your congressional representative vote FOR or AGAINST a bill that calls for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq to be completed by August of 2008?"

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For Against Unsure
% % %
4/18-22/07 59 33 8
3/22-25/07 59 33 8

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"Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or the wrong decision in using military force against Iraq?"

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Right
Decision
Wrong
Decision
Unsure
% % %
4/18-22/07 45 47 8
3/21-25/07 43 49 8
2/7-11/07 40 54 6
1/10-15/07 40 51 9
12/6-10/06 42 51 7
11/9-12/06 41 51 8
10/17-22/06 43 47 10

9/21 - 10/4/06

45 47 8
6/14-19/06 49 44 7
4/7-16/06 47 46 7
3/8-12/06 45 49 6
2/1-5/06 51 44 5
1/4-8/06 45 47 8
12/7-11/05 47 48 5
10/6-10/05 44 50 6
9/8-11/05 49 44 7
7/13-17/05 49 44 7
6/8-12/05 47 45 8
2/16-21/05 47 47 6
1/5-9/05 51 44 5

12/1-16/04

49 44 7
10/27-30/04 RV 48 41 11
10/15-19/04 46 42 12
10/1-3/04 50 39 11
9/8-13/04 53 39 8
8/5-10/04 53 41 6
7/8-18/04 52 43 5
6/3-13/04 55 38 7
5/3-9/04 51 42 7
4/21-25/04 54 37 9
4/1-4/04 57 35 8
3/17-21/04 55 39 6
2/24-29/04 60 32 8
2/11-16/04 56 39 5
1/6-11/04 65 30 5
12/19/03 - 1/4/04 62 28 10
12/15-17/03 67 26 7
10/03 60 33 7
9/03 63 31 6
7/14 - 8/5/03 63 30 7
6/20 - 7/2/03 67 24 9
4/10-16/03 74 19 7
4/8-9/03 74 19 7
4/2-7/03 72 20 8
3/28 - 4/1/03 69 25 6
3/25-27/03 74 21 5
3/23-24/03 74 21 5
3/20-22/03 71 22 7

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"How well is the U.S. military effort in Iraq going . . . ?"

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Very Well Fairly Well Not Too Well Not at
All Well
Unsure
% % % % %
4/18-22/07 7 31 34 25 3
3/21-25/07 10 30 32 24 4
2/7-11/07 5 25 38 29 3
1/10-15/07 7 28 32 30 3
12/6-10/06 4 28 37 27 4
11/9-12/06 6 26 34 30 4
10/17-22/06 5 30 34 25 6

9/21 - 10/4/06

8 29 33 25 5
6/14-19/06 16 37 25 18 4
4/7-16/06 13 34 29 21 3
3/8-12/06 9 34 30 21 6
2/1-5/06 13 38 29 17 3
1/4-8/06 12 39 27 17 5
12/7-11/05 14 37 29 17 3
10/6-10/05 9 35 31 22 3
9/8-11/05 12 41 26 18 3
7/13-17/05 14 38 27 17 4
6/8-12/05 9 41 27 19 4
2/16-21/05 14 40 25 17 4
1/5-9/05 9 39 29 20 3

12/1-16/04

10 40 28 18 4
10/15-19/04 13 38 26 17 6
9/8-13/04 12 40 26 18 4
8/5-10/04 12 41 28 16 3
7/8-18/04 13 42 26 16 3
6/3-13/04 16 41 25 14 4
5/3-9/04 10 36 32 19 3
4/21-25/04 12 43 26 15 4
4/1-4/04 14 43 26 13 4
3/17-21/04 16 45 26 11 2
2/11-16/04 17 46 23 11 3
1/6-11/04 22 51 18 6 3
12/19/03 - 1/4/04 23 47 18 7 5
12/15-17/03 28 47 16 6 3
10/03 16 44 25 11 4
9/03 15 47 26 9 3
7/14 - 8/5/03 19 43 24 11 3
6/20 - 7/2/03 23 52 16 5 4
4/10-16/03 61 32 3 1 3
4/8-9/03 60 32 3 3 2
4/2-7/03 55 37 3 2 3
3/25 - 4/1/03 39 46 8 2 5

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"Do you think the U.S. should keep military troops in Iraq until the situation has stabilized, or do you think the U.S. should bring its troops home as soon as possible?"

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Keep Troops Bring Home Unsure
% % %
4/18-22/07 41 53 6
3/21-25/07 43 52 5
2/7-11/07 42 53 5
1/10-15/07 46 48 6
12/6-10/06 44 50 6
11/9-12/06 46 48 6
10/17-22/06 46 47 7

9/21 - 10/4/06

47 47 6
9/6-10/06 47 47 6
6/14-19/06 50 45 5
4/7-16/06 48 48 4
3/8-12/06 44 50 6
2/1-5/06 50 46 4
1/4-8/06 48 48 4
12/7-11/05 49 46 5
10/6-10/05 47 48 5
9/8-11/05 51 45 4
7/13-17/05 52 43 5
6/8-12/05 50 46 4
2/16-21/05 55 42 3
1/5-9/05 54 41 5

12/1-16/04

56 40 4
10/15-19/04 57 36 7
9/8-13/04 54 40 6
8/5-10/04 54 42 4
7/8-18/04 53 43 4

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"Do you think the war in Iraq has helped the war on terrorism, or has it hurt the war on terrorism?"

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Helped Hurt No Effect (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
4/18-22/07 38 44 7 11
2/7-11/07 40 47 5 8
11/9-12/06 37 48 5 10
10/17-22/06 36 46 6 12

9/21 - 10/4/06

38 47 5 10
6/14-19/06 44 40 6 10
3/8-12/06 38 44 8 10
1/4-8/06 44 38 8 10
7/13-17/05 39 47 7 7
2/16-21/05 44 41 7 8
10/15-19/04 45 40 6 9
9/8-13/04 46 40 6 8
8/5-10/04 45 44 4 7
7/8-18/04 43 45 5 7
6/3-13/04 43 44 4 9
3/17-21/04 50 37 5 8
2/24-29/04 62 28 3 7
2/11-16/04 55 32 7 6
12/15-17/03 59 26 6 9
9/03 54 31 7 8
5/03 65 22 6 7

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"Do you think the U.S. should or should not set a timetable for when troops will be withdrawn from Iraq?"

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Should Should Not Should Get
Out Now (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
4/18-22/07 56 38 1 5
3/21-25/07 55 38 1 6
1/10-15/07 59 35 1 5
12/6-10/06 58 34 2 6
11/9-12/06 56 36 1 7
10/17-22/06 54 37 2 7

9/21 - 10/4/06

53 39 2 6
6/14-19/06 52 42 2 4
4/7-16/06 53 40 2 5
3/8-12/06 55 39 1 5
1/4-8/06 50 42 2 6
12/7-11/05 56 38 1 5
10/6-10/05 52 43 1 4
9/8-11/05 57 37 1 5
7/13-17/05 49 45 - 6

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"Regardless of what you think about the original decision to use military force in Iraq, do you now believe that the United States will definitely succeed, probably succeed, probably fail, or definitely fail in establishing a stable democratic government in Iraq?" N=756, MoE 4 (Form 1)

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Definitely
Succeed
Probably
Succeed
Probably
Fail
Definitely
Fail
Unsure
% % % % %
4/18-22/07 6 36 37 14 7
2/7-11/07 7 37 35 12 9
11/9-12/06 7 39 31 13 10
6/14-19/06 15 40 29 9 7

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"Regardless of what you think about the original decision to use military force in Iraq, do you now believe that the United States will definitely succeed, probably succeed, probably fail, or definitely fail in achieving its goals in Iraq?" N=752, MoE 4 (Form 2)

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Definitely
Succeed
Probably
Succeed
Probably
Fail
Definitely
Fail
Unsure
% % % % %
4/18-22/07 9 36 30 16 9
2/7-11/07 7 40 34 12 7
11/9-12/06 12 41 28 13 6

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"How much, if anything, have you read or heard about George W. Bush's decision to send more U.S. troops to Iraq: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

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A Lot A Little Nothing Unsure
% % % %
4/18-22/07 51 42 6 1
3/21-25/07 52 38 9 1

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"So far, do you think the troop increase is making things better in Iraq, is making things worse, or not having any effect?"

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Better Worse No Effect Unsure
% % % %
4/18-22/07 24 20 46 10
3/21-25/07 27 19 44 10

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"Looking ahead, do you think the troop increase will make things better in the long run, will make things worse, or not have any effect in the long run?"

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Better Worse No Effect Unsure
% % % %
4/18-22/07 34 20 38 8
3/21-25/07 36 22 33 9

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"If the U.S. withdraws its troops from Iraq while the country remains unstable, would it make a terrorist attack in the United States more likely, less likely, or not make a difference?" N=756, MoE 4 (Form 1)

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More Likely Less Likely No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
4/18-22/07 45 7 43 5

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"If U.S. troops remain in Iraq for many years, would it make a terrorist attack in the U.S. more likely, less likely, or not make a difference?" N=752, MoE 4 (Form 2)

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More Likely Less Likely No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
4/18-22/07 41 18 34 7

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 13-15, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

   

"Based on what you have heard or read about the recent surge of U.S. troops in Baghdad, do you think the increase in the number of U.S. troops in Baghdad is making the situation there better, not making much difference, or is it making the situation there worse?" Options rotated

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Better Not Much
Difference
Worse Unsure  
% % % %  

4/13-15/07

26 41 29 4  

3/23-25/07

29 43 22 5  

 

CBS News Poll. April 9-12, 2007. N=994 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

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"Looking back, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or should the U.S. have stayed out?"

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Did Right
Thing
Should Have
Stayed Out
Unsure
% % %

4/9-12/07

44 51 5

3/7-11/07

39 56 5

2/23-27/07

38 55 7

1/1-3/07

38 58 4

12/8-10/06

39 55 6

11/12-13/06

40 56 4

10/27-31/06

44 51 5
10/5-8/06 40 55 5

9/15-19/06

44 51 5

8/17-21/06

43 53 4

8/11-13/06

41 53 6
7/21-25/06 47 48 5

6/10-11/06

44 51 5

5/16-17/06

43 53 4

5/4-8/06

39 56 5
4/28-30/06 44 51 5
4/6-9/06 43 53 4

3/9-12/06

41 54 5

2/22-26/06

41 54 5
1/20-25/06 47 50 3
1/5-8/06 47 49 4
12/2-6/05 48 48 4
10/30 - 11/1/05 42 50 8
10/3-5/05 41 55 4
9/9-13/05 44 50 6
8/29-31/05 45 49 6
7/29 - 8/2/05 48 46 6
6/10-15/05 45 51 4
5/20-24/05 47 49 4
4/13-16/05 47 48 5
2/24-28/05 46 50 4
1/14-18/05 45 49 6
11/18-21/04 46 48 6
10/28-30/04 RV 52 44 4
10/14-17/04 RV 50 46 4
7/11-15/04 45 51 4
6/23-27/04 48 46 6
5/20-23/04 49 46 5
5/11/04 49 45 6
4/23-27/04 47 46 7
3/30 - 4/1/04 55 39 6
3/10-14/04 58 37 5
2/24-27/04 54 39 7
2/12-15/04 58 37 5
12/21-22/03 62 34 4
12/14-15/03 63 31 6

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"How would you say things are going for the U.S. in its efforts to bring stability and order to Iraq? Would you say things are going very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?"

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Very Well Somewhat
Well
Somewhat
Badly
Very Badly Unsure
% % % % %

4/9-12/07

2 29 30 36 3

3/7-11/07

4 25 30 39 2

2/23-27/07

3 20 31 43 3

2/8-11/07

1 24 32 40 3

1/18-21/07

1 22 34 41 2

1/1-3/07

3 25 33 38 1

12/8-10/06

2 23 32 39 4

10/27-31/06

2 28 32 35 3
10/5-8/06 3 28 30 36 3

9/15-19/06

4 34 28 33 1

8/17-21/06

5 32 33 29 1

8/11-13/06

5 37 31 25 2
7/21-25/06 4 37 30 27 2

6/10-11/06

5 38 33 22 2

5/16-17/06

5 36 29 28 2

5/4-8/06

5 34 33 27 1
4/28-30/06 5 36 29 26 4
4/6-9/06 5 36 27 31 1
3/9-12/06 4 36 28 29 3

2/22-26/06

5 31 32 30 2
1/20-25/06 8 37 30 24 1
1/5-8/06 8 41 28 21 2
12/2-6/05 6 40 28 24 2
10/30 - 11/1/05 4 36 31 26 3
10/3-5/05 4 39 27 28 2
8/29-31/05 5 35 29 28 3
7/29 - 8/2/05 7 41 29 21 2
6/10-15/05 7 33 34 26 0
5/20-24/05 5 36 31 26 2
4/13-16/05 7 41 32 18 2
2/24-28/05 10 43 29 18 0
1/14-18/05 5 36 28 29 2
11/18-21/04 5 40 26 27 2
10/28-30/04 RV 7 40 25 25 2
10/14-17/04 RV 5 38 27 28 2
7/11-15/04 4 39 28 28 1
6/23-27/04 2 38 31 26 3
5/20-23/04 3 34 38 22 3
4/23-27/04 4 34 31 29 2
12/21-22/03 8 57 24 9 2
12/14-15/03 12 53 21 10 4
11/10-12/03 5 42 28 22 3
10/20-21/03 5 49 31 12 3
9/15-16/03 5 44 29 18 4
8/26-28/03 5 46 31 16 2
8/11-12/03 6 47 28 13 6
7/03 6 54 25 11 4
5/03 11 61 19 5 4

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"Regardless of whether you think taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, would you say that the U.S. is very likely to succeed in Iraq, somewhat likely to succeed, not very likely to succeed, or not at all likely to succeed in Iraq?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not at
All Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

4/9-12/07

12 33 29 24 2

3/7-11/07

11 34 34 19 2

2/8-11/07

13 37 26 21 3

1/18-21/07

10 36 30 20 4

1/1-3/07

10 37 27 22 4

12/8-10/06

9 34 31 22 4

10/27-31/06

10 42 26 19 3

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"As you may know, the U.S. is sending more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq. From what you have heard or read, would you say this troop increase is making the situation in Iraq better, making it worse, or is it having no impact on the situation in Iraq so far?"

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Better Worse No Impact Unsure  
% % % %  

4/9-12/07

25 26 43 6  

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"If the U.S. withdrew its troops from Iraq, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States would increase, decrease, or stay about the same?"

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Increase Decrease Same Unsure  
% % % %  

4/9-12/07

30 8 59 3  

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"When deciding what to do about Iraq, how much do you think the Bush Administration should take into account the views of Congress: a lot, some, not much or not at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

4/9-12/07

44 39 8 5 4

2/8-11/07

51 42 3 3 1

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"Which of these comes closest to your opinion? (1) Congress should block all funding for the war in Iraq no matter what. OR, (2) Congress should allow funding only for a limited period of time. OR, (3) Congress should allow all funding for the war in Iraq without a time limit." N=497 (Form A)

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Block All Time Limit No Limit Unsure  
% % % %  

4/9-12/07

6 61 30 3  

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"Which of these comes closest to your opinion? (1) Congress should allow all funding for the war in Iraq without a time limit. OR, (2) Congress should allow funding only for a limited period of time. OR, (3) Congress should block all funding for the war in Iraq no matter what." N=497 (Form B)

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No Limit Time Limit Block All Unsure  
% % % %  

4/9-12/07

28 55 12 5  

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"Do you think the debate between the President and Congress over the Iraq war is having any impact on the morale of U.S. troops who are in Iraq, or not?" If "Yes": "Do you think the debate is having a positive or a negative impact on the morale of U.S. troops?"

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YES:
Positive
YES:
Negative
No Impact Unsure  
% % % %  

4/9-12/07

9 63 19 9  

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"In order to help provide stability in Iraq, do you think the U.S. should request the support of neighboring countries in the Middle East, such as Iran and Syria, even if the governments in those countries have been unfriendly or hostile to the U.S. in the past?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

4/9-12/07

47 45 8    

3/7-11/07

51 40 9    

2/8-11/07

46 46 8    

12/8-10/06

51 40 9    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 5-9, 2007. N=1,373 adults nationwide. MoE 3. RV = registered voters

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"As you may know, in addition to sending more troops, the recent Bush Administration plan for Iraq includes funding for reconstruction and jobs programs, and increasing pressure on the Iraqi government to stabilize the country. In your opinion, has Bush's plan made the situation in Iraq better, or worse, or hasn't it changed the situation one way or the other?"

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Better Worse No Change Unsure

%

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

22

36

37

5

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"Generally speaking, do you think setting a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq hurts or helps U.S. troops serving in Iraq right now, or doesn't it affect the troops one way or the other?"

Hurts Helps No Effect Unsure

%

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

50

27

15

8

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"As you may know, Democrats in both houses of Congress passed legislation that ties further funding of the war in Iraq to targeted dates for withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq. Bush says he will veto any measure that sets such a timetable because he believes it would tie the hands of battlefield commanders and make defeat in Iraq more likely. Do you think that Bush should sign a funding authorization that includes a timetable for withdrawal, or should he veto that legislation?"

Sign Veto Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

48

43

9

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"If George W. Bush vetoes the legislation, do you think Congress should pass another version of the bill that provides funding for the war without any conditions for troop withdrawal, or should Congress refuse to pass any funding bill until Bush agrees to accept conditions for withdrawal?"

Fund Without
Conditions
Refuse Until
Bush Agrees
Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

43

45

12


 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 2-4, 2007. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Do you think the war in Iraq is a worthy cause or a hopeless cause?"

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Worthy

Hopeless

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure
% % % % %
4/2-4/07 42 50 3 3 2
2/12-15/07 39 56 2 2 1

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"Overall, do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way the Democrats in Congress are handling the situation in Iraq?"

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Approve Disapprove Mixed
Feelings
Unsure
% % % %
4/2-4/07 40 57 2 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 28-29, 2007. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you support or oppose the legislation passed this week by the U.S. Senate calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by March 2008?"

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Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

ALL adults

57 36 7

   Republicans

28 64 8

   Democrats

81 13 6

   Independents

58 38 4

 

CBS News Poll. March 26-27, 2006. N=831 adults nationwide. MoE 4 (for all adults).

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"Do you think the United States should or should not set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq that would have MOST troops out by September 2008?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    
ALL adults 59 37 4    
  Republicans 36 63 1    
  Democrats 77 20 3    
  Independents 59 34 7    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 23-25, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Would you favor or oppose Congress taking each of the following actions in regards to the war in Iraq? How about [see below]?"

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Favor Oppose

Unsure

   
% % %    

"Requiring U.S. troops to meet strict readiness criteria before being deployed to Iraq"

   3/23-25/07

80 15 4    

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"Setting a time-table for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq no later than the fall of 2008"

   3/23-25/07

60 38 2    

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"Denying the funding needed to send any additional U.S. troops to Iraq"

   3/23-25/07

36 61 3    

   3/2-4/07

37 61 2    

   2/9-11/07

40 58 2    

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"Looking ahead, what do you think is more likely to happen when the U.S. reduces the number of troops it has in Baghdad: insurgents will step up their attacks and Iraqi security forces will be unable to make Baghdad secure, or Iraqi security forces will be able to keep the situation in Baghdad largely under control?" Options rotated

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Step Up
Attacks
Under
Control
Unsure    
% % %    

3/23-25/07

53 36 11    

Earlier polling on Iraq


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