Support for War Drops to Record Low

CBS/NY Times poll suggests that fewer Americans than ever back the war in Iraq
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 24, 2007 3:51 PM CDT
Support for War Drops to Record Low
Iraqi men and a policeman try to pull a body from the Euphrates river at Musayyib, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) , Iraq, Wednesday , May 23, 2007. Police in the south of Baghdad found a body floating in the Euphrates River that they say is one of three American soldiers abducted by al-Qaida nearly...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Six out of 10 Americans say the US should have stayed out of Iraq, a new CBS News/New York Times poll reports. And an all-time high of 76%—including a majority of Republicans—say the war is going badly. Americans support get-tough measures tying funding to progress, including a timetable for withdrawal, but don't believe funding should be cut off.

The low numbers on the war—plus wavering support for the president on immigration and the economy—are affecting Bush's approval ratings, which stand at 30%. But there's enough bad news to go around: Americans give Congress only 36% approval, and a record 72% say they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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