Baker-Hamilton Redux: The U.S. Public Remains Enthusiastic about the Bipartisan Proposals

Source Organization: Pew Research Center


05/30/2007 - Four months after the bipartisan Iraq Study Group proposed a number of new policy options for dealing with the Iraq conflict, these proposals remain broadly popular with the public according to a Pew Research Center poll.

Solid majorities favor both initiating talks with Iran and Syria to encourage cooperation on Iraq (66%), and trying harder to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (59%). An April 2007 Pew survey finds that opinion on these proposals has changed little since December, when they were first recommended by the panel led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton.

Support for shifting the primary mission of U.S. troops from fighting insurgents to supporting the Iraqi army as declined somewhat from December, although a majority still supports the idea; 55% favor this proposal now, compared with 62% in December.

Read the full article Baker-Hamilton Redux: The U.S. Public Remains Enthusiastic about the Bipartisan Proposals on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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