Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Poll: Opposition to Iraq war at all-time high

Opposition among Americans to the war in Iraq has reached a new high, with only about a third of respondents saying they favor it, according to a poll released Monday.



Just 35 percent of 1,033 adults polled say they favor the war in Iraq; 61 percent say they oppose it -- the highest opposition noted in any CNN poll since the conflict began more than three years ago. A bare majority (51 percent) say they see Bush as a strong leader, but on most other attributes he gets negative marks.

Most Americans (54 percent) don't consider him honest, most (54 percent) don't think he shares their values and most (58 percent) say he does not inspire confidence. Bush's stand on the issues is also problematic, with more than half (57 percent) of Americans saying they disagree with him on the issues they care about.That's an indication that issues, not personal characteristics, are keeping his approval rating well below 50 percent.

Bush's disapproval rating exceeds his approval, 57 percent to 42 percent.That's in the same ballpark as was found in an August 2-3 poll: Bush garnered a 40 percent approval.And that was up slightly from a 37 percent approval in a poll carried out June 14-15. Fewer than half of respondents (44 percent) say they believe Bush is honest and trustworthy; 54 percent do not.And just 41 percent say they agree with Bush on issues, versus 57 percent who say they disagree.Americans are about evenly split on whether their commander-in-chief understands complex issues, with 47 percent saying yes, and 51 percent saying no.

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