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'USA Today' Analysis: Half of Military Families Now Feel Iraq War a 'Mistake'

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'USA Today' Analysis: Half of Military Families Now Feel Iraq War a 'Mistake'

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Almost exactly half of close family members of U.S. troops now call the Iraq war a "mistake," USA Today revealed today after analyzing several Gallup polls from recent months. Just over 50% disapprove of President Bush's job performance.

"They've maxed out on the troops. You've got guys who are over there on their fourth or fifth tours. It's ridiculous," says Jeanette Knowles, 40, of Mountain Home, Idaho, whose brother, Jeff, served a tour in Iraq with the Oregon National Guard.

Here is an excerpt from the USA Today report.*

Military families are more supportive of the war than Americans without immediate family members in the military, the polls show. Among Americans without military relatives, 59% say the invasion was a mistake, compared with 49% of immediate family members.

The data on close relatives of troops were gleaned from four national polls between Sept. 7 and Dec. 2. The polls identified 548 people as wives, children, parents, siblings, grandparents or a close in-law of a servicemember. …

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