Tuesday, February 28, 2006

This just isn't going to help Bush

Not only has he just tanked to 34% approval (largely on the heels of the ports flap) but now the troops want to go home .

U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006

  • Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed”
  • While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy
  • Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
  • Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks
  • Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation
  • Plurality of troops pleased with their armor and equipment

An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.

The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said the U.S. should leave Iraq “immediately,” while another 22% said they should leave in the next six months. Another 21% said troops should be out between six and 12 months, while 23% said they should stay “as long as they are needed.”

I think we need to admit we've blown it, and we need to get relief for our troops. A successful Iraq is everyone's concern, and if the rest of the world can't see that, then we may need to let them work it out themselves. I've felt we do have a responsibility to them, but they are regressing in their ability to handle matters themselves, and that means they might be tanking and leaning on us to do their work. Something has to change, because "stay the course" has driven us and Iraq over the cliff.


Blogger E. M. Zanotti said...

Uh, the poll was conducted by Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies. Not much of an unbiased source. They're pro-insurgency, anti-globalization, and run by radical feminists and Jesuits. Other than that...

This poll was actually conducted by P&GS in order to determine if any war crimes had been committed by the troops, not to determine their outlook on the war, though that apparently yielded the most positive results for the adminstering officials. Many of the following questions included views on the use of napalm (completely unreliable in an arid climate) and phosphorus (banned by Geneva). Zogby himself admitted that there was confusion on the questions, and that the percentage of error, while reported at +/-3, though from the survey itself, it appears that most of the questions have a +/- of almost 10.

We do these kinds of surveys all the time in determining UN standards. Dollars to donuts that someone has a survey on Rasmussen that says exactly the opposite.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Thad said...

Um, Zogby did the polling. Le Moyne's CPGS was the one who COMMISSIONED it, but Zogby's people did the polling themselves. And even with a minus ten margin of error, that means 62 percent of the troops want to leave, which is still a large majority. Either way, that's still big news.

3:57 AM  
Blogger E. M. Zanotti said...

Uh, commissioners provide the questions. Yeah, I did polling for both the Bush campaign and the UN. Zogby just uses the resources, you provide the questions and the sample you are looking for, they provide the phones, workers and resources.

1:24 PM  

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