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NEWSWEEK POLL: Americans Agree With Iraq Study Group's Recommendations

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2006-12-09 21:46:06     
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According to the latest Newsweek Poll, a plurality of Americans, 39 percent, agree with the recommendations set forth by the Iraq Study Group, headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton. Only 20 percent of Americans polled disagree, and 26 percent said they are not aware of the Group.

Sixty-eight percent of Americans polled believe that the United States is losing ground in Iraq, the highest rating ever in the Newsweek Poll. Twenty- one percent think that the U.S. is making progress. Fifty-three percent of those polled say that the United States did not do the right thing in taking military action against Iraq; 39 percent say the U.S. did do the right thing. When broken down by political party, 67 percent of Republicans feel that it was right to take military action against Iraq; whereas 73 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Independents do not believe it was the right thing to do.

In the Newsweek Poll, a significant majority of Americans agree with most of the Iraq Study Group's recommendations presented to them from a list. Sixty-five percent of those polled agree that the U.S. should threaten to reduce economic and military support to the Iraqi government if it fails to meet specific benchmarks; 57 percent agree that the U.S. should reach out to Iran and Syria to help stabilize Iraq; and 61 percent agree that the U.S. should make a renewed and sustained commitment to ending the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

President Bush's approval rating remains low in the Newsweek Poll-32 percent-compared to 31 percent in the November 9-10, 2006 Newsweek Poll. Fifty-nine percent say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States; 31 percent say they are satisfied.

For this Newsweek Poll, Princeton Survey Research Associates International interviewed 1,000 adults aged 18 and older on December 6-7, 2006. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. This poll is part of the December 18 issue of Newsweek, on newsstands Monday, December 11. To interview Chief of Correspondents Marcus Mabry on the poll, call Natalia Labenskyj at 212-445-4078 or Jan Angilella at 212-445-5638.

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