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Poll: Troops in Iraq support withdrawal

by Dan McC / March 3, 2006 4:01 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Headline doesn't quite reflect the story.
by EdH / March 3, 2006 4:08 AM PST
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How so?
by Dan McC / March 3, 2006 4:19 AM PST
While 89 percent of Army reservists and 82 percent of National Guardsmen said the United States should leave Iraq within a year, 70 percent of regular Army troops thought that American forces should withdraw within that time frame.

That sounds like support for withdrawal.

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Like so...
by EdH / March 3, 2006 7:38 AM PST
In reply to: How so?
Those views aren't necessarily an indication that troops are losing faith in the war, Segal said.

"One could argue that troops are saying, 'Hey, we've accomplished a great deal. It's time to get out,' which is what you hear a lot of people in Washington saying," he said.


Other main findings from the survey:

?85 percent of those surveyed believed that the war was "to retaliate for Saddam's role in the 9-11 attacks," although the 9-11 commission in 2004 found "no credible evidence" that Iraq had cooperated with al-Qaida in the attacks.

I'm surprised their sample was so uninformed. And...

?53 percent said the United States should double the number of troops and bombing missions to control the insurgency. Sound like a call for withdrawal?

Actually it seems like this poll is all over the place. Probably not real accurate or meaningful.

Center for Peace and Global Studies at Le Moyne College
Gee, I wonder what their political orientation is?
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Nice Spin, EdH, but the bottom line remains >75% want out
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 5, 2006 6:32 AM PST
In reply to: Like so...

in no more than a year. So let's hear no more about calls for withdrawal being "disloyal" or "offensive" to the troops!

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Did I say anything about anyone being disloyal?
by EdH / March 5, 2006 9:00 AM PST

Why don't you read and understand the story, Dave. My "spin" is right on.

And yes, thois kind of talk DOES hurt the troops. Too bad you don't understand that.

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recent polls ...36% unpatriotic and 14% cluless
by kmarchal / March 3, 2006 5:40 AM PST

16. According to recent polls, about half of Americans favor a rapid withdrawal and half favor an open-ended occupation of Iraq. Which do you believe best describes the motives of those favoring rapid withdrawal?
They are unpatriotic
They are not aware of the need for US troops
They believe that continued occupation will not work
They are against use of the military in preemptive war and ?
Not sure

to stop saddam from protecting al qadea in iraq

to remove saddam from power

the department of defense provided adequate troop protection

demographics information

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That's interesting.
by Dan McC / March 3, 2006 5:55 AM PST

36.9% of the troops surveyed believe that 28.9%, or more, of the troops are unpatriotic.

Are you really satisfied that only 58% of the troops think the DOD is adequately protecting them? I'm sure not, and I hope no one in the DOD is.


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What would you expect of a poll commissioned by the
by Kiddpeat / March 3, 2006 7:56 AM PST

'Center for Peace....'? Perhaps, a ringing endorsement of further combat?

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I trust Zogby
by Dragon / March 5, 2006 9:26 AM PST

About as far as I can throw him.

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