A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll released today finds almost half of respondents (47%) feeling that the war in Iraq is undermining the war on terror at home and more Americans have doubts about Bush’s handling of both the war and terrorism. Since January, the number of people who approve of the way Bush is handling Iraq has fallen from 45% to 35%. Over the same period, positive views of Bush’s handling of terrorist threats have dropped precipitously with only half (49%) approving of Bush’s performance, down from 62% in January.
While most opinions on Iraq have remained stable in recent months, the public is growing more critical of Bush’s handling of the war. Only 27% say he has a plan for creating a successful conclusion in Iraq — the lowest percentagw since the start of the war. By 72% to 23%, independents say Bush lacks a clear plan for ending the war.
About 28% of respondents said the ability of terrorists to launch a major attack on the U.S. is greater now than at the time of the 9/11 attacks. This is up 4% since last July, however, 40% believe the capability of terrorists mounting a major attack is about the same as it was on 9/11.
Almost four years after the 9/11 attacks and we’ve got an ineffectual president, an ongoing war, a Homeland Defense Department that is being reorganized yet again and a nation of people who don’t feel they are any safer from terrorists now than they were in 2001 and don’t see an end to the Iraq war.