Monday, October 1, 2007

Elon Poll: An Unpopular War

The N&O is reporting more results from the recent Elon Poll. 65% of North Carolina residents disapprove of President Bush’s handling of the War in Iraq. Only 38% approve of his overall job performance.

Also reported:

- 67 percent support a timetable to withdraw some U.S. troops from Iraq by the beginning of 2009, and 64 percent said that they would support a timetable to withdraw some troops by the summer of 2008.

- About 50 percent said the war with Iraq was not worth fighting, with 53 percent saying the United States should no longer be in Iraq.

- 41 percent think that the war has made the nation less safe from terrorism, down from 50 percent five months earlier. 37 percent said they believe the nation is safer, and 15 percent said it is about the same.

- 56 percent felt the nation is more at risk for terrorist attacks, another drop from April, when the figure stood at 61 percent.

On the implications on electoral politics, Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, said “more telling is that a majority of people now believe we should not be there and two-thirds want to see troops start coming home by the beginning of next year. Such findings in a 'military friendly' state point to the potential political costs this issue poses for both this administration and the Republican Party over the next year.”

Update: Click here for the news release and here for the results (PDF).

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