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Results of AP-Ipsos poll on attitudes about Iraq
Star Tribune
Associated Press
August 26, 2005

The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on public attitudes about the war in Iraq is based on telephone interviews with 1,001 adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted Aug. 22-24 by Ipsos, an international polling firm.

Results were weighted to represent the population by demographic factors such as age, sex, region, race and income.

No more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the sample cause the results to vary by more than 3 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all Americans were polled.

There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions. Results may not total 100 percent because of rounding. An asterisk indicates less than 1 percent.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Bush administration has conducted the war in Iraq? (IF APPROVE/DISAPPROVE, ASK:) Is that strongly or somewhat?
(Results from June 2005 in parentheses)

—Strongly approve, 20 percent (26)
—Somewhat approve, 16 percent (15)
—Somewhat disapprove, 13 percent (11)
—Strongly disapprove, 45 percent (45)
—Not sure, 5 percent (3)

TOTAL APPROVE — 37 percent (41)
TOTAL DISAPPROVE — 58 percent (56)

2. All in all, thinking about how things have gone in Iraq since the United States went to war there in March 2003, do you think the United States ...
(Results from June 2005 in parentheses)

—Made the right decision in going to war in Iraq, 43 percent (42)
—Made a mistake in going to war in Iraq, 53 percent (53)
—Not sure, 4 percent (5)

3. How likely is it that a stable, democratic government will be established in Iraq? Is it ...
(Results from February 2005 in parentheses)

—Very likely, 11 percent (10)
—Somewhat likely, 40 percent (41)
—Not too likely, 30 percent (31)
—Not at all likely, 16 percent (16)
—Not sure, 3 percent (2)

4. Has the military action in Iraq ...
(Results from April 2004 in parentheses)

—Increased the threat of terrorism in the world, 50 percent (47)
—Decreased the threat of terrorism in the world, 20 percent (25 percent)

—Had no effect on the threat of terrorism, 28 percent (25 percent)
—Not sure, 3 percent (3 percent)

5. Should the United States keep troops in Iraq until the situation has stabilized, or should the United States bring its troops home from Iraq immediately?
(Results from June 2005 in parentheses)

—Keep troops in Iraq until the situation has stabilized, 60 percent (59)
—Bring its troops home from Iraq immediately, 37 percent (37)
—Not sure, 3 percent (4)

6. Do you think it is OK for people who oppose the war in Iraq to express their opposition publicly, or not?

—Yes, 87 percent
—No, 12 percent
—Not sure, 1 percent

7. Do you have a friend, colleague or family member who has served in the military effort in Iraq at any time since March 2003?

—Yes, 54 percent
—No, 45 percent
—Not sure, 1 percent

Commentary:
Wars can be won or lost in the two years it takes for the public to turn against war. Bush didn't want success too soon so because he and the GOP needed war to win reelection. Now, it's too late. Without public support, the war is over.