Two polls came out this week that amaze for different reasons. The first, released yesterday by Zogby, was a survey of 944 active troops serving in Iraq. In the findings receiving the most press, the troops side not with "Stay the Course" Bush, but "Time to Go" Murtha:
"An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately."
Another finding: only 58% have a clear sense of the US mission in Iraq; 42% are unclear or don't understand it at all. But here's the most remarkable finding of all (quoted verbatim from Zogby:
While 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” 77% said they also believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq.”
Commentary feels somewhat unnecessary, but for any of our Fox-fed conservatives who happen by, it is well to recall that no evidence of a link between Iraq and either al Qaeda or the 9/11 attacks has ever been found.
Meanwhile, Bush's poll numbers continue to fall. In a CBS poll released Monday, they had reached an all-time low. A few key findings.
Number approving of Bush's...
Job as president: 34%
Handling of Iraq: 30%
Handling of war on terror: 43%
I'm not sure how the administration can spin these, but I'm sure we'll find out soon.