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(07/21/07) -

Most Americans Doubt Victory in Iraq

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in the United States hold negative views on the progress of the coalition effort, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 54 per cent of respondents think it is not possible for the U.S. to win the war in Iraq, up three points since late April.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in the United States hold negative views on the progress of the coalition effort, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 54 per cent of respondents think it is not possible for the U.S. to win the war in Iraq, up three points since late April.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 3,630 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and more than 26,800 troops have been wounded in action.

In December 2005, Iraqi voters renewed their National Assembly. In May 2006, Shiite United Iraqi Alliance member Nouri al-Maliki officially took over as prime minister.

On Jan. 10, U.S. president George W. Bush introduced his new course of action for the coalition effort, which includes an increase in U.S. troop levels. On Jul. 12, Bush discussed the Iraqi government’s progress, declaring, “Of the 18 benchmarks Congress asked us to measure, we can report that satisfactory progress is being made in eight areas.”

The U.S. Congress has asked commander of the Multi-National Force – Iraq David Petraeus and U.S. ambassador in Iraq Ryan Crocker to provide a comprehensive assessment of the situation in Iraq in September. 51 per cent of respondents would wait until September before making major policy changes in Iraq.

Yesterday, Bush discussed the current state of affairs, saying, “Failure in Iraq would allow terrorists to operate from a safe haven with access to the world’s third largest oil reserves. Failure in Iraq would increase the probability that at some later date, American troops would have to return to Iraq to confront an enemy more dangerous and more entrenched. Failure in Iraq would send an unmistakable signal to America’s enemies that our country can be bullied into retreat.”

Original Release from Rasmussen Reports

Polling Data

Is it possible for the U.S. to win the war in Iraq?

Jul. 15

Apr. 27

Yes

32%

34%

No

54%

51%

Should we wait until September before making major policy changes in Iraq?

Yes

51%

No

38%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,200 American likely voters, conducted from Jul. 13 to Jul. 15, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.