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Mormon Support For War Drops Sharply

Man, Bush really is losing his base. This was the last polling group to actually mostly approve of Bush's Iraq policies. Can't imagine what it

Man, Bush really is losing his base. This was the last polling group to actually mostly approve of Bush's Iraq policies. Can't imagine what it will be like in a Friedman unit.

Street Prophets:

This has got to be like getting slapped across the face with a wet towel:

A January poll by The Salt Lake Tribune showed a precipitous drop in support for Bush's handling of the war among Utah's Latter-day Saints.

In the survey, just 44 percent of those identifying themselves as Mormon said they backed Bush's war management. That's a level considerably higher than Bush gets from Utah's non-Mormon population and the nation at large, but it's also a 21 percentage point drop from just five months earlier. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Such abrupt moves in group opinion are uncommon. Pollsters say numbers generally move gradually, unless "spooked" by something.

Utah is generally among the reddest of the red states, and support for Bush's Folly has been correspondingly strong. But as the article goes on to explain, Mormon leaders in the church and government have been signaling that good Mormons can oppose the war.

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