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(07/14/07) -

Bush Will Not Leave Iraq, Say Americans

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Few adults in the United States believe their current head of state will agree to end the coalition effort, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 64 per cent of respondents think it is unlikely that U.S. president George W. Bush will announce plans to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Few adults in the United States believe their current head of state will agree to end the coalition effort, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 64 per cent of respondents think it is unlikely that U.S. president George W. Bush will announce plans to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 3,608 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and more than 26,500 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.

In May, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 280-142 on the Iraq supplemental spending bill, which approves $100 billion U.S. for the military missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Senate ratified the measure in an 80-14 vote.

On Jul. 12, Bush rejected a withdrawal of troops, adding, “It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.” 45 per cent of respondents expect the level of sectarian violence in Iraq to increase if the U.S. begins withdrawing troops.

Polling Data

How likely is it that U.S. president George W. Bush will announce plans to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq?

Very likely

5%

Somewhat likely

16%

Not very likely

42%

Not at all likely

22%

If the U.S. begins withdrawing troops from Iraq, will that increase or decrease level of sectarian violence in Iraq?

Increase

45%

Decrease

19%

No impact

15%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 800 American likely voters, conducted on Jul. 9 and Jul. 10, 2007. Margin of error is 4 per cent.