August 26, 2005–Just 12% of Americans believe that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq will stop terror attacks like the summer bombings in London. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 71% disagree and say that troop withdrawal will not lead to an end of terrorist attacks.
The survey also found that 54% of Americans believe the situation will get worse in Iraq if U.S. troops are withdrawn. Twenty percent (20%) believe the situation will get better in Iraq if American troops leave, while 15% believe that bringing home the troops will have no impact.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of men believe a troop withdrawal will make the situation worse. That view is shared by 48% of women.
There is a sharp partisan difference on this question. By a 4-to-1 margin, both Republicans and those not affiliated with either major party say that the situation will get worse in Iraq if U.S. troops are withdrawn.
So much for Cindy Sheehan’s “groundswell” of public opinion.
This is also interesting:
A recent Rasmussen Reports survey found that 39% of Americans say now is the time to withdraw from Iraq. Forty-six percent (46%) say it is not.
Thirty-five percent (35%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of anti-War protester Cindy Sheehan and 38% have an unfavorable view.
So most Americans don’t favor pulling out of Iraq and look upon Cindy Sheehan unfavorably.
And yes, I know, its just a poll. But many on the left are all but shouting about polls showing that indicate the majority of Americans being for pulling out of Iraq. I think this poll shows that, at the very least, they’re exaggerating more than a little bit.
(via The Jawa Report)
Here’s another interesting poll:
WASHINGTON – People with friends or relatives serving in Iraq are more likely than others to have a positive view of a generally unpopular war, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
Some of those surveyed said their relationships with troops helped them learn more about what’s going on in Iraq beyond the violence. Others said their opinions of the war were shaped by a sense of loyalty to those in harm’s way.
A solid majority of those who did not know anyone in Iraq said they thought the war was a mistake, 61 percent, compared to 36 percent who thought it was the right decision. Those who had a relative or friend there were almost evenly split, 49 percent right decision, 47 percent mistake.
After Ted Chittum of Bourbon, Ind., had a chance to talk at length with his cousin who served in Iraq, he said he got a different picture of what was going on in the country.
“He talked about all the good things that are going on,” said Chittum, a school superintendent and a political independent who supports the war effort. “Schools are opening up. The people are friendly, wanting our help. You get a whole different spin from what you get on television.”
Those who know someone serving in Iraq were more likely to approve of the Bush administration’s conduct of the war — 44 percent, compared to 37 percent overall.
Again, not at all the perception typically given in the media of by the political left.
By Rob Port of Say Anything.