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

 
 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 10-15, 2007. N=1,708 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the presence of American forces in Iraq does more to strengthen the Iraqi government by giving them needed support, or weaken the Iraqi government by making them too dependent on us?" Options rotated. Asked 1/11-15/07 only (N=1,384, MoE ± 3.5).

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Strengthen Weaken Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
1/11-15/07 43 43 3 11

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"More generally, do you think that America's safety from terrorism depends upon our success in the war in Iraq, or does it not depend upon our success in Iraq?" Asked 1/11-15/07 only (N=1,384, MoE ± 3.5)

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Does Does Not Unsure
% % %
1/11-15/07 37 57 6

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"The Iraqi government plans to take over responsibility for security in all of Iraq's provinces by November. How confident are you that the Iraqi government will be able to do this . . . ?" Asked 1/11-15/07 only (N=1,384, MoE ± 3.5)

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not at all
Confident
Unsure
% % % % %
1/11-15/07 5 34 33 23 5

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 12-14, 2007. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking now about the new year, how likely is it that each of the following will occur in 2007: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all? How about [see below]?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not Likely
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

"The U.S. will begin to withdraw troops from Iraq"

   1/12-14/07

8 26 32 33 1

   1/5-7/07

11 33 30 25 1

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"Violence in Iraq will be significantly reduced"

   1/12-14/07

5 22 30 41 2

   1/5-7/07

8 22 33 35 1

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"Do you think George W. Bush does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?"

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Does Does Not

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/12-14/07

29 69 2    

1/5-7/07

25 72 3    

9/15-17/06

36 61 3    

6/23-25/06

31 67 2    
3/10-12/06 32 67 2    

6/29-30/05

38 58 4    

6/24-26/05

37 61 2    
1/14-16/05 49 50 1    

10/1-3/04

49 49 2    

9/24-26/04

52 44 4    

7/30 - 8/1/04

42 56 2    

7/19-21/04

45 54 1    

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"Do you think the Democrats in Congress do or do not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?"

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Do Do Not

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/12-14/07

21 75 4    

1/5-7/07

25 66 9    

9/15-17/06

25 67 8    

6/23-25/06

25 68 7    
3/10-12/06 25 68 7    

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"Which comes closest to your view about the war with Iraq? You are certain that the U.S. will win. You think it is likely that the U.S. will win, but you are not certain. You think it is unlikely that the U.S. will win, but you are not certain. OR, You are certain that the U.S. will NOT win." Options rotated

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Certain U.S.
Will Win
Likely U.S.
Will Win
Unlikely U.S.
Will Win
Certain U.S.
Will Not Win
Unsure
% % % % %

1/12-14/07

17 30 27 22 4

1/5-7/07

16 34 28 18 4
3/10-12/06 22 32 25 16 6
4/5/03 79 17 1 - 3
3/29-30/03 69 25 3 1 2

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"As you may know, the Bush Administration has proposed a significant increase in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to help stabilize the situation there. Do you favor or oppose this?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/12-14/07

38 59 3    

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"Which comes closest to your view? The U.S. can only achieve its goals in Iraq if it increases the numbers of troops it has there. The U.S. can achieve its goals in Iraq without sending more troops there. OR, The U.S. cannot achieve its goals in Iraq regardless of how many troops it has there." Options rotated

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Achievable
Only With
More Troops

Achievable
Without
More Troops

Not
Achievable

Unsure

 
% % % %  

1/12-14/07

28 17 50 4  

1/5-7/07

23 25 47 5  

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"Do you favor or oppose President Bush's plan to spend an additional one billion dollars on economic aid for Iraq?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/12-14/07

30 67 3    

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"As you may know, the Democrats in Congress are considering passing a resolution to express their opposition to President Bush's plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq. This resolution, by itself, would not affect Bush's policy, but the Democrats are hoping it will put pressure on him to change his policy. Do you favor or oppose the Democrats in Congress taking this action?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/12-14/07

61 37 2    

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"Would you favor or oppose the Democrats in Congress taking active steps to block the deployment of more U.S. troops to Iraq, such as denying the funding needed to send the additional troops?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/12-14/07

47 50 3    

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"Now thinking about the benefits to the U.S. of succeeding in Iraq versus the costs the U.S. would have to bear to achieve them, do you think the benefits outweigh the costs, or the costs outweigh the benefits?" Options rotated

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Benefits
Outweigh
Costs

Costs
Outweigh
Benefits

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/12-14/07

31 65 5    

12/8-10/06

33 64 3    

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"When it comes to making policy for handling the situation in Iraq, how much confidence do you have in George W. Bush to recommend the right thing to do in Iraq: a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or almost none?"

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A Great
Deal

A Fair
Amount

Only a
Little

Almost
None

 
% % % %  

1/12-14/07

15 22 17 46  

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"Who do you have more confidence in when it comes to handling the situation in Iraq: George W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated

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George W.
Bush
Democrats
In Congress
Neither/
Same (vol.)

Unsure

 
% % % %  

1/12-14/07

36 51 10 2  

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"As you may know, the Iraqi government has agreed to take responsibility for making the country secure as of November. How confident are you that the Iraqi government will be able to handle that responsibility: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Too
Confident
Not Confident
At All

Unsure

% % % % %

1/12-14/07

5 34 34 26 1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 11, 2007. N=1,093 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

1/11/07

29 69 2    

12/15-17/06

28 70 2    

10/13-15/06

34 64 2    

9/29 - 10/2/06

32 66 2    

8/2-3/06

36 62 2    

6/14-15/06

39 54 8    

5/16-17/06

34 62 4    

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"Do you think sending about 20,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq will make it more likely or less likely that the U.S. will achieve its goals in Iraq, or will the additional troops not make much difference?"

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More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

1/11/07

31 18 48 3  

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"What do you think is the most likely outcome for the U.S. in Iraq: a victory, a stalemate, or a defeat?" Options rotated

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Victory Stalemate Defeat Unsure  
% % % %  

1/11/07

27 50 18 5  

12/15-17/06

27 50 20 3  

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"Do you think George W. Bush does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?"

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Does Does Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/11/07

35 63 2    

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"Who do you have more confidence in when it comes to handling the situation in Iraq: President Bush or the Democrats in Congress?"

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President
Bush
Democrats
In Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

1/11/07

34 51 1 10 3

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"How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to handle the situation in Iraq? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not confident at all?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Very
Confident
Not Confident
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

1/11/07

16 40 26 16 2

10/27-29/06

17 31 27 24 1

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"How much confidence do you have in the ability of the Iraqi government to handle the situation in Iraq? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not confident at all?"

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Very
Confident
Somewhat
Confident
Not Very
Confident
Not Confident
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

1/11/07

7 31 31 27 4

10/27-29/06

7 30 35 26 2

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"Congress may consider several different resolutions on President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq. Some resolutions would take steps to prevent this, while other resolutions would express opposition to the plan, but not attempt to block it. Suppose Congress considers a resolution which would take specific steps designed to prevent the U.S. from sending more troops to Iraq. What would you want your members of Congress to do? Should they vote to allow the U.S. to send more troops to Iraq or vote to prevent the U.S. from sending more troops to Iraq?"

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Allow Prevent Unsure    
% % %    

1/11/07

36 61 3    

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"And thinking about the U.S. troops currently stationed in Iraq, what would you want your members of Congress to do? Should they vote to allow the government to spend money to keep those troops in that country, or vote to allow the government to spend money only to withdraw those troops from Iraq?"

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Keep Withdraw Unsure    
% % %    

1/11/07

41 54 5    

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"Did you happen to watch or listen to any of Bush's speech on Iraq last night, or not?"

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Yes No      
% %      

1/11/07

43 57      

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Asked of those who watched or listened to speech:
"Did the speech make you more likely or less likely to support Bush's policies in Iraq, or didn't it make any difference to you?"

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More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

1/11/07

27 27 45 1  

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Jan. 8-10, 2007. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1. RV = registered voters

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"When it comes to the situation in Iraq, do you approve or disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush is handling that issue?" If "mixed feelings" or not sure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approve or disapprove?"

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Approve Disapprove Mixed
Feelings
Unsure
% % % %
1/8-10/07 29 68 2 1
12/4-6/06 27 71 2 -
11/13-15/06 31 66 2 1
10/2-4/06 36 62 2 -
9/11-13/06 38 61 1 -
8/7-9/06 33 65 2 -
7/10-12/06 38 59 1 2
6/5-7/06 33 64 2 1
5/1-3/06 37 60 2 1
4/3-5/06 35 63 1 -
3/6-8/06 39 58 2 1
2/6-8/06 38 60 1 1
1/3-5/06 39 58 2 -
12/5-7/05 41 58 1 -
11/7-9/05 37 62 1 1
10/3-5/05 37 61 2 -
9/6-8/05 37 62 1 -
8/1-3/05 38 59 2 1
7/11-13/05 40 59 1 -

6/6-8/05

41 56 2 1

5/2-4/05

43 55 2 -

4/4-6/05

43 56 1 -

3/7-9/05

45 53 2 -
2/7-9/05 42 57 1 -
1/3-5/05 44 54 2 -
12/6-8/04 RV 48 50 1 -
11/3-5/04 RV 48 51 1 -

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"How likely is it that a stable, democratic government will be established in Iraq? Is it very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

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Likely

Not Likely

Unsure    
% % %    
1/8-10/07 38 60 3    
12/4-6/06 36 63 2    
6/5-7/06 44 54 2    
3/6-8/06 48 49 3    
8/22-24/05 51 46 3    
2/7-9/05 50 48 2    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 5-7, 2007. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Next, how important is it to you that the President and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year -- is it extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about the situation in Iraq?"

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Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Moderately
Important
Not That
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

1/5-7/07

62 28 7 2 1

1/20-22/06

58 34 6 1 1

12/9-11/05

59 32 7 2 -

2/4-6/05

53 36 7 3 1

12/17-19/04

51 39 7 1 2

1/3-5/03

46 35 15 3 1

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"In general, how would you say things are going for the U.S. in Iraq: very well, moderately well, moderately badly, or very badly?" Options rotated

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Very Well Moderately
Well
Moderately
Badly
Very Badly Unsure
% % % % %

1/5-7/07

3 25 33 38 1

10/20-22/06

3 32 29 35 2

6/9-11/06

8 39 30 23 1

3/10-12/06

6 32 32 28 1

1/6-8/06

8 38 32 21 1

10/21-23/05

7 35 29 28 1
8/5-7/05 5 38 28 28 1
4/29 - 5/1/05 6 36 31 25 2

3/18-20/05

8 44 24 21 3

2/4-6/05

13 40 28 18 1

1/7-9/05

5 35 29 30 1

12/5-8/04

6 34 26 33 1

9/24-26/04

4 42 27 25 2

8/9-11/04

5 40 28 25 2

7/8-11/04

5 35 30 29 1

6/3-6/04

6 34 35 25 -

5/21-23/04

7 35 26 31 1

5/2-4/04

4 33 32 30 1

4/5-8/04

5 30 31 33 1
3/5-7/04 9 46 28 15 2
11/3-5/03 4 34 34 27 1
10/6-8/03 6 36 34 24 -
9/8-10/03 6 41 31 21 1
8/25-26/03 6 44 30 19 1
7/25-27/03 10 46 28 15 1
7/18-20/03 6 48 30 15 1
6/27-29/03 5 51 29 13 2
5/30 - 6/1/03 11 59 22 7 1

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"Here are four different plans the U.S. could follow in dealing with the war in Iraq. Which ONE do you prefer? Withdraw all troops from Iraq immediately. Withdraw all troops by January 2008, that is, in 12 months' time. Withdraw troops, but take as many years to do this as are needed to turn control over to the Iraqis. OR, Send more troops to Iraq." Options rotated

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Withdraw
Immediately
Withdraw by
Jan. 2008
Take as Long
as Needed
Send More
Troops
Unsure
% % % % %

1/5-7/07

15 39 31 12 2

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"As you may know, the Bush Administration is considering a temporary but significant increase in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to help stabilize the situation there. Would you favor or oppose this?"

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Favor Oppose

Unsure

   
% % %    

1/5-7/07

36 61 3    

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"Do you think the execution of Saddam Hussein last week will help or hurt the U.S. in its efforts to achieve its goals in Iraq?"

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Help Hurt No Differ-
ence (vol.)

Unsure

 
% % % %  

1/5-7/07

43 36 16 5  

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"How much should U.S. government decisions on Iraq be influenced by what a majority of the American public wants: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

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A Great Deal A Moderate
Amount
Not Much Not at All

Unsure

% % % % %

1/5-7/07

36 38 14 11 1

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"Just your best guess, do you think the war in Iraq has gone much better than the Bush Administration expected, a little better, about as well as it expected, a little worse, or much worse than the Bush Administration expected?"

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Much
Better
A Little
Better
As Well as
Expected
A Little
Worse

Much
Worse

% % % % %

1/5-7/07

1 3 13 25 56

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 1-3, 2007. N=993 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

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"Do you think removing Saddam Hussein from power was worth the loss of American life and other costs of attacking Iraq, or not?"

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Worth It Not
Worth It
Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

30 64 6

3/9-12/06

40 51 9

2/22-26/06

41 53 6
10/3-5/05 34 57 9
7/29 - 8/2/05 45 47 8
3/30 - 4/1/04 47 43 10
12/21-22/03 54 37 9
12/14-15/03 54 37 9
11/10-12/03 50 43 7
10/20-21/03 52 39 9
9/28 - 10/1/03 51 41 8
7/03 54 37 9
6/03 62 31 7

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"Do you have confidence in George W. Bush's ability to make the right decisions about the war in Iraq or are you uneasy about his approach?"

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Confident Uneasy Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

26 72 2

12/8-10/06

28 70 2

9/9-13/05

35 63 2

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"Do you think George W. Bush and the Democratic members of Congress will be able to work together to deal with the situation in Iraq in a fair and non-partisan manner?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

41 51 8

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"With the Democrats in control of Congress, what do you think they will try to do in Iraq -- increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, keep the same number of U.S. troops as there are now, decrease the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, or will the Democrats try to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq?"

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Increase Keep Same Decrease Remove All Unsure
% % % % %

1/1-3/07

12 8 35 36 9

12/8-10/06

6 9 42 37 6

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"So far, do you think the Democrats in Congress have developed a clear plan for dealing with the situation in Iraq, or haven't they developed one?"

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Have Have Not Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

8 82 10

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"Which of these do you think is most likely? (1) Iraq will become a stable democracy in the next year or two. OR, (2) Iraq will become a stable democracy, but it will take longer than a year or two. OR, (3) Iraq will probably never become a stable democracy."

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Next Year
Or Two
Longer Never Unsure
% % % %

1/1-3/07

3 42 52 3

12/8-10/06

3 33 60 4
7/21-25/06 4 41 53 2
6/10-11/06 4 50 43 3
4/6-9/06 6 45 47 2
3/9-12/06 5 38 54 3
1/5-8/06 6 52 39 3
12/2-6/05 7 44 47 2
10/30 - 11/1/05 3 46 48 3
10/3-5/05 4 45 49 2
9/9-13/05 4 43 50 3
8/29-31/05 6 43 48 3
12/21-22/03 7 59 31 3

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"Who do you think is currently winning the war in Iraq: the United States, or the Iraqi resistance and insurgents, or neither side?"

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U.S. Resistance Neither Side Unsure
% % % %

1/1-3/07

17 16 62 5

12/8-10/06

15 18 63 4

10/27-31/06

20 17 59 4
7/21-25/06 27 13 58 2
6/10-11/06 34 9 55 2

3/9-12/06

29 12 53 6
1/5-8/06 36 9 48 7
5/11/04 31 10 54 5

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"So far, do you think George W. Bush has developed a clear plan for dealing with the situation in Iraq, or hasn't he developed one?"

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Has Has Not Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

20 76 4

10/27-31/06

26 69 5

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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?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

59 38 3

12/8-10/06

57 40 3

10/27-31/06

54 42 4
7/21-25/06 56 40 4

5/4-8/06

60 36 4
1/5-8/06 54 40 6
12/2-6/05 58 39 3

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"Do you think the current Iraqi government is or is not capable of bringing a peaceful end to the fighting among Iraqis?"

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Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

19 74 7

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"Would you favor or oppose a short-term increase in the number of U.S. troops in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, to try to gain control of the city?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

1/1-3/07

45 48 7

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"Do you think sending more U.S. troops to Baghdad WILL help the U.S. to gain control of that city, or won't it make any difference?"

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Will Help No Difference Make Things
Worse (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

1/1-3/07

35 55 5 5

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"As you may know, Saddam Hussein has been executed by Iraqi authorities. Now that he has been executed, do you think attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq will increase, decrease, or stay about the same?"

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Increase Decrease Stay the
Same
Unsure
% % % %

1/1-3/07

40 5 50 5

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"Now that Saddam Hussein has been executed, do you think Iraq will become more stable, less stable, or won't it make any difference to Iraq's stability?"

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More Less No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %

1/1-3/07

21 18 59 2

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Dec. 15-17, 2006. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Here are four different plans the U.S. could follow in dealing with the war in Iraq. Which one do you prefer? Withdraw all troops from Iraq immediately. Withdraw all troops by December, 2007 -- that is, in 12 months time. Withdraw troops, but take as many years to do this as are needed to turn control over to the Iraqis. OR, Send more troops to Iraq." Options rotated

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Immediately By 12/07 As Long
As Needed
Send More Unsure
% % % % %

12/15-17/06

21 33 32 11 3

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"What do you think the U.S. should do concerning its strategy and tactics in Iraq? Do you think there should be a complete overhaul, major changes, minor changes or no changes at all in the strategy and tactics the U.S. is applying to the situation in Iraq?"

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Complete
Overhaul
Major
Changes
Minor
Changes
No Changes
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

12/15-17/06

27 46 18 6 3

10/27-29/06

25 44 22 4 5

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"As you may know, Congress has authorized 70 billion dollars for the war in Iraq. Would you favor or oppose a proposal that would spend all of that money to immediately withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq and would prevent the U.S. from spending any additional money for future military operations in that country?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/15-17/06

38 59 3    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Dec. 8-11, 2006. N=1,489 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. RV = registered voters

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"As you may know, some members of Congress are calling for a timetable for withdrawing American troops from Iraq, while others are saying that our troops should remain in Iraq until the country is secure, and others are proposing that more troops should be sent to Iraq. Do you think the United States should withdraw troops from Iraq on a fixed timetable, or should keep the current level of troops in Iraq as long as it takes to secure the country, or should send more troops to Iraq?"

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Withdraw
On a Fixed
Timetable
Stay as
Long as
It Takes
Send More
Troops
Unsure
% % % %

12/8-11/06

52 26 12 10

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"A bipartisan commission led by former secretary of state James Baker and former U.S. representative Lee Hamilton issued their report this week which called on the Bush Administration to change its policies in Iraq.

Next three statements rotated:
"
Do you think George W. Bush should adopt the commission's recommendation of talking directly with Iran and Syria about the future of Iraq, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

12/8-11/06

64 28 8

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"Do you think George W. Bush should adopt the commission's recommendation that the United States should consider cutting its military and economic support for Iraq unless the Iraqi government shows significant progress on political reforms and national reconciliation, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

12/8-11/06

70 22 8

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"Do you think George W. Bush should adopt the commission's recommendation of reducing American troops by early 2008 and replacing them with a smaller number of troops embedded in the Iraqi military, as well as helping to train Iraqi forces, or not?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

12/8-11/06

59 30 11

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 7-11, 2006. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).  RV = registered voters.

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"Do you think Congress should or should not hold hearings on how the Bush Administration handled pre-war intelligence, war planning, and related issues in the war in Iraq?" Half sample

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

12/7-11/06

53 44 3

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"Do you think the Bush Administration does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?" Half sample

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Does Does Not Unsure
% % %

12/7-11/06

25 72 3

9/5-7/06

38 61 2

8/3-6/06

33 64 3
6/22-25/06 35 64 2
3/2-5/06 34 65 -

12/15-18/05

40 59 1

3/10-13/05

42 57 2
5/20-23/04 39 59 2
5/5-6/04 38 57 5
4/15-18/04 45 53 2
3/4-7/04 43 53 3
12/18-21/03 48 47 5
10/9-13/03 42 53 5

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"Do you think the Democrats in Congress do or do not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?" Half sample

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Do Do Not Unsure
% % %

12/7-11/06

26 65 9

9/5-7/06

25 69 7

8/3-6/06

27 66 6
6/22-25/06 24 71 5
3/2-5/06 24 70 6

12/15-18/05

23 74 3

.

"All told, do you think the United States is winning or losing the war in Iraq?" Half sample

.

Winning Losing Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

12/7-11/06

34 52 9 4

12/15-18/05

56 34 8 2

8/25-28/05

51 38 8 3

.

"All told, do you think the United States will win or lose the war in Iraq?" Half sample

.

Win Lose Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

12/7-11/06

34 46 11 9

12/15-18/05

60 27 7 6

.

"Would you describe Iraq as currently in a civil war, not in a civil war but close to one, or is the situation less severe than that?"

.

Civil War Close to
Civil War
Less Severe Unsure
% % % %

12/7-11/06

41 45 11 3

8/3-6/06

34 51 12 3
4/6-9/06 30 49 18 3

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 8-10, 2006. N=922 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"In view of the developments since the U.S. entered Iraq, do you think the U.S. made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

12/8-10/06

62 34 4

.

"If U.S. troops are withdrawn from Iraq, do you think the Iraqi government is strong enough to withstand pressures from the insurgents?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

12/8-10/06

14 77 9

.

"When George W. Bush talks about how things are going for the United States in Iraq today, do you think he is making things in Iraq sound better than they really are, making things sound worse than they really are, or is he describing the situation in Iraq accurately?"

.

Sound Better Sound Worse Describing
Accurately
Unsure
% % % %

12/8-10/06

67 5 22 6
4/6-9/06 63 5 26 6
3/9-12/06 66 6 23 5
12/2-6/05 58 4 33 5

.

"Do you think the United States has a responsibility to make sure that Iraq has a stable government in place before it removes its troops from Iraq, or don't you think it has this responsibility?"

.

Has a Respon-
sibility
Does Not Unsure
% % %

12/8-10/06

57 38 5

.

"Would you say there is a civil war going on in Iraq among different groups of Iraqis right now, or not?"

.

Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

12/8-10/06

85 9 6
6/10-11/06 82 12 6
4/6-9/06 78 18 4

3/9-12/06

71 21 8

.

"When it comes to the war in Iraq, do you think George W. Bush should make major changes in U.S. policy, minor changes, or no changes in U.S. policy?"

.

Major
Changes
Minor
Changes
No
Changes
Unsure
% % % %

12/8-10/06

57 29 8 6

.

"Who do you think is more likely to make the right decisions about the war in Iraq: George W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress?"

.

Bush Democrats
In Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

12/8-10/06

27 53 4 7 9

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Dec. 6-7, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think the United States should set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces in Iraq, or not?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

12/6-7/06

62 33 5

10/26-27/06

61 32 7

.

"As you may know, the Iraq Study Group headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton has released a report with its recommendations for changing U.S. policy in Iraq. From what you’ve heard or read in the news, do you generally agree or disagree with their recommendations?"

.

Agree Disagree Not Aware
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
ALL adults 39 20 26 15
Republicans 31 24 31 14
Democrats 46 17 25 12
Independents 39 21 22 18

.

"As I describe some of the specific recommendations that the Iraq Study Group has made, please tell me if you agree or disagree with each one. What about this? . . ."

.

Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %

"The U.S. should threaten to reduce economic and military support to the Iraqi government if it fails to meet specific benchmarks"

  12/6-7/06

65 27 8

.

"The U.S. should make a renewed and sustained commitment to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"

  12/6-7/06

61 27 12

.

"The U.S. should reach out to Iran and Syria for help in stabilizing Iraq"

  12/6-7/06

57 34 9

.

"The U.S. should increase economic and military support for Afghanistan as reductions are made in Iraq"

  12/6-7/06

43 44 13

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 4-6, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (for all adults). RV = registered voters

.

"Suppose a timetable were set to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in the next six months, say by the middle of 2007. Would you favor or oppose such a timetable?" Half sample (Form A)

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
12/4-6/06 60 37 3    

.

"Suppose a timetable were set to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq within the next two years, say by sometime in the year 2008. Would you favor or oppose such a timetable?" Half sample (Form B)

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
12/4-6/06 71 26 3    

.

"Do you think the war in Iraq will end in a clear-cut victory or some kind of compromise settlement?"

.

Clear-Cut
Victory
Compromise
Settlement
Unsure    
% % %    
12/4-6/06 9 87 4    

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Nov. 17-19, 2006. N=1,025 adults nationwide.

.

"Do you think the war in Iraq has turned into a situation like the United States faced in the Vietnam War, or don't you think so?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.5

.

Like
Vietnam
Don't
Think So
Unsure    
% % %    

11/17-19/06

58 37 5    

9/29 - 10/2/06

52 45 3    

Earlier polling on Iraq


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