Iraq: Americans DO Want to Win, so Dems Backtrack
“The survey shows Americans want to win in Iraq, and that they understand Iraq is the central point in the war against terrorism and they can support a U.S. strategy aimed at achieving victory,” said Neil Newhouse, a partner in POS. “The idea of pulling back from Iraq is not where the majority of Americans are.”
– By a 53 percent – 46 percent margin, respondents surveyed said that
“Democrats are going too far, too fast in pressing the President to
withdraw troops from Iraq.”
– By identical 57 percent – 41 percent margins, voters agreed with these
two statements: “I support finishing the job in Iraq, that is, keeping
the troops there until the Iraqi government can maintain control and
provide security” and “the Iraqi war is a key part of the global war on
– Also, by a 56 percent – 43 percent margin, voters agreed that “even if
they have concerns about his war policies, Americans should stand behind
the President in Iraq because we are at war.”
– While the survey shows voters believe (60 percent- 34 percent) that Iraq
will never become a stable democracy, they still disagree that victory
in Iraq (“creating a young, but stable democracy and reducing the
threat of terrorism at home”) is no longer possible. Fifty-three percent
say it’s still possible, while 43 percent disagree.
– By a wide 74 percent – 25 percent margin, voters disagree with the
notion that “I don’t really care what happens in Iraq after the U.S.
leaves, I just want the troops brought home.”
“How Americans view the war does not line up with the partisan messages or actions coming out of Washington,” said Davis Lundy, president of The Moriah Group. “There are still a majority of Americans out there who want to support the President and a focused effort to define and achieve victory.”
Add to this the fact that President Bush is still supported by a large majority of Republicans (75%), which will probably limit any of that magical “bi-partisan” support that any Democratic Iraq draw-down plan would hope to garner, and we can start to understand why the Democrats now seem to be retreating from any too-cute-by-half Iraq pullout plan.