Stay or go: Two separate polls by Gallup from just before Hurricane Katrina hit show that Americans remain unhappy about the president’s handling of the war in Iraq – and most want the country to pull out as soon as possible:
Perhaps most revealing was a new poll which asked… “If you could talk with President Bush for 15 minutes about the situation in Iraq, what would you, personally, advise him to do?” The poll taken in late August found that 41 percent said they would tell him to pull troops out of Iraq and end our involvement there.
Far behind in second place (18 percent) was to finish what we started or be more aggressive. Another 7 percent advised coming up with an exit strategy.
A separate Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans favor a reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq. This includes 26 percent who prefer withdrawing all troops.
In the same survey, only 40 percent of Americans approve, while 59 percent disapprove of the way Bush is handling Iraq – and 53 percent of Americans think going to war in Iraq was a mistake, similar to the 54 percent who said this in early August.