06/13/2005 - The steady drip of negative news from Iraq is significantly undermining support for the U.S. military operation there. With the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq exceeding 1,700, there is widespread awareness of the rising American death toll. As a consequence, support for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq continues to inch up – from 36 percent last October, to 42 percent in February, and 46 percent currently.
Calls for a troop withdrawal have been this high only during a brief period in the spring of 2004, following the intensification of the Iraqi insurgency and revelations of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.Moreover, the idea that the Iraq war could turn out to be another Vietnam, which the public decisively rejected last year, has developed increasing traction. About a third of Americans (35 percent) say Iraq will turn out to be another Vietnam, while 47 percent think the U.S. will accomplish its goals there.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted June 8-12, 2005, among 1,464 Americans, finds the public highly attentive to news from Iraq and to the continuing reports of mistreatment of suspected terrorists at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About half of Americans (49 percent) say they have heard a lot about such reports. By a fairly substantial margin (54 percent -34 percent), most believe the reports of prisoner mistreatment represent isolated instances of abuse rather than a wider pattern of prisoner mistreatment.
Read the full report Iraq News Increases Calls For Troop Withdrawl on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.