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(09/03/07) -

Low Trust in 2008 U.S. Candidates on Iraq

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public confidence in the current United States presidential hopefuls to deal with the coalition effort in Iraq is low, according to a poll by Zogby Interactive released by UPI. 14 per cent of respondents think Republican former New York City mayor Rudy Giulinai would handle the war in Iraq best.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public confidence in the current United States presidential hopefuls to deal with the coalition effort in Iraq is low, according to a poll by Zogby Interactive released by UPI. 14 per cent of respondents think Republican former New York City mayor Rudy Giulinai would handle the war in Iraq best.

Actor and former GOP Tennessee senator Fred Thompson is second with 11 per cent, followed by Democratic New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton with 10 per cent, Democratic Illinois senator Barack Obama with nine per cent, Republican Arizona senator John McCain with seven per cent, and Democratic Delaware senator Joe Biden also with seven per cent.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 3,737 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and more than 27,600 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 Aug. 21, Thomspon—who is expected to officially announce his candidacy on Sept. 6—expressed opposition to a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, declaring, "Failure makes our problems much greater than they are today. (…) History tells us that division about ourselves, giving off the appearance of weakness, does not achieve peace, but makes things more dangerous."

On Aug. 22, Giuliani discussed his views on the Iraq war, saying, "There’s an extra danger involved in (withdrawing troops from Iraq) that might be worse than Vietnam. And it’s not about scale. Obviously the Vietnam scale is much larger. This is an enemy, the Islamic terrorists, who have proven to be even more aggressive than the Communists were, in the sense that the Communists never attacked within the United States."

The next presidential election is scheduled for November 2008.

Polling Data

Which of the 2008 presidential candidates would best handle the war in Iraq?

Rudy Giuliani

14%

Fred Thompson

11%

Hillary Rodham Clinton

10%

Barack Obama

9%

John McCain

7%

Joe Biden

7%

John Edwards

5%

Mitt Romney

4%

Ron Paul

4%

Bill Richardson

4%

Dennis Kucinich

4%

Unsure

15%

Source: Zogby Interactive / UPI

Methodology: Online interviews with 6,711 American adults, conducted from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, 2007. Margin of error is 3.5 per cent.