CBS/ NYTIMES Poll Updated
Here's the Updated Oct Results
PRESIDENT BUSH'S JOB APPROVAL
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From September: More than half of Americans today would prefer U.S. troops leave Iraq as soon as possible rather than have them stay in Iraq until that country is a stable democracy, which many do not think will happen. Asked what should happen right now, a third wants all troops to be removed immediately. Many Americans are concerned that Iraq is drawing resources needed in the U.S.
Half of Americans think the fighting in Iraq has been harder than they expected, and the personal impact of the war is also taking a toll. Almost two thirds say it has affected their community, and most of them say the impact has been negative. The war has had a disproportionate impact in the South, among lower-income Americans and African-Americans.
52% think U.S. troops should leave Iraq as soon as possible even if Iraq is not stable the highest since this poll starting asking the question in June 2004. Earlier this year, opinion was reversed: in February 55% said U.S. troops should stay as long it takes to make sure Iraq is a stable democracy. Here's the full poll.
U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ SHOULD
Now 2/2005 6/2004
Stay as long as it takes 42% 55% 54%
Leave as soon as possible 52 40 40