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Poll Finds Americans Skeptical of Petraeus

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Poll Finds Americans Skeptical of Petraeus

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A Washington Post-ABC News poll released today finds most Americans believe this week's testimoy by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus will exaggerate progress in Iraq, and they simply want to start pulling troops out now.

The Post observes, "The findings, from a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, underscore the depth of public antipathy toward the Iraq war, the doubts about the administration's policies and the limited confidence in the Iraqi government to meet its commitments to restore civil order.

"Fifty-eight percent, a new high, said they want to decrease the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. And most of those who advocated a troop reduction said they want the drawdown to begin either right away or by the end of the year. A majority, 55 percent, supported legislation that would set a deadline of next spring for the withdrawal of American combat forces. That figure is unchanged from July.

"Only about a third believed the United States is making significant progress toward restoring civil order in Iraq, most said the buildup has not made much difference, and a majority said they do not expect the troop increase to improve the security situation over the next few months. …

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