So the Republics (yes, that is intentional as long as the President and the other Republics in Congress insist on referring to the Democratic Party as the "Democrat party") and their various media mouthpieces (i.e. Drudge) are touting a new poll from Public Opinion Strategies as proof that "Americans Want To Win In Iraq."
However, there are findings in the poll that would seem to be at odds with such happy talk. Here is a post I put up at the forum of my local paper:
Public Opinion Strategies is, by its own admission, a Republican polling firm.
The same poll found that 67% feel the country is headed in the wrong direction, and that 60% of people disapprove of the job Bush is doing (with 47% strongly disapproving).
It also found that, of four statements regarding Iraq, this was the one most preferred: "Whether Iraq is stable or not, the U.S. should set and hold to a strict timetable for withdrawing troops."
Why didn't the New York Post or Drudge trumpet that finding?
Furthermore, 60% of respondents said that the U.S. should "hold talks" with Iran.
Interestingly, most of the respondents were 65 years old or older and had not graduated from college. And 49% of the respondents voted for Bush in 2004.
And 81% were white.