Support for Iraq War Highest Since 2006

Poll finds 53% believe US will succeed; McCain stands to benefit
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2008 1:18 PM CDT
A new poll finds 53% of Americans believe "the U.S. will ultimately succeed in achieving its goals" in Iraq. That figure is up from 42% in September.   (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – Americans' support for the Iraq war is at its highest since the summer of 2006, with some 53% believing the 6-year-old US mission will succeed in bringing stability to the country—up from 42% in September, Politico reports. A February Pew Research Center poll found 48% of Americans believe the war is going well, up from 30% in February 2007.

The increased support could affect the 2008 elections; the surge of Democratic congressional victories in 2006 coincided with public distaste for the war. Independent voters increasingly see keeping troops in Iraq as the right thing to do, a plus for many Republican candidates—particularly presidential hopeful John McCain. Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton say they will draw down troops quickly.