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AP Poll: Americans Oppose Sending More Troops To Iraq January 11, 2007

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WASHINGTON (AP)–Americans overwhelmingly oppose sending more U.S. forces to Iraq, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll Thursday that serves as a strong repudiation of President George W. Bush’s plan to send another 21,500 troops.

The opposition to boosting troop levels in Iraq reflects growing skepticism that the U.S. made the right decision in going to war in the first place and that a stable, democratic government can be established there.

Just 35% think it was right for the U.S. to go to war, a new low in AP polling and a reversal from two years ago, when two-thirds of Americans thought it was the correct move.

Meanwhile, 60% think it is unlikely that a stable, democratic Iraqi government will be established.

Fully 70% of Americans oppose sending more troops, and a like number don’t think such an increase would help stabilize the situation there.

The telephone survey of 1,002 adults was conducted from Monday through Wednesday night, when the president made his speech calling for an increase in troops. News had already surfaced before the polling period that Bush wanted to boost U.S. forces in Iraq.

Democrats are far more inclined to oppose an increase of troops, with 87% against the idea, compared with 42% of Republicans. Overall, 52% of Republicans support an increase in troops, although some key GOP constituencies are opposed. For example, 60% of white evangelical Christians oppose the idea and 56% of self-described conservatives are opposed.

The survey had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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