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WP / ABC Poll on Iraq Details US Views

A majority of the US public thinks the war in Iraq was a mistake (53-46) a larger majority thinks the number of US casualties is unacceptable (69-29), but an even larger majority thinks the Iraqi people will be better off in the long run as a result of the war (74-20).

Portions of the poll can be viewed in the Documents section of this website (in three parts): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.

A majority believes US security is better as a result of the war (52-46) reversed from 3 weeks earlier when a majority thought US security had been worsened (52-47).

More recent polls have shown Americans believe the threat of terrorism has increased as a result of the war.

A majority (52-48) believes the Bush administration intentionally misled the American public in making its case for the war and an even larger majority (57-41) thinks the administration intentionally exaggerated the threat of WMDs.

On the other hand, 60% wants the same number or more troops to remain in Iraq, while 25% want the number of troops reduced and 13% want an immediate withdrawal.

These are some of the major results of the WP/ABC poll, which shows a public largely critical of US policies in Iraq but ambivalent about what to do about them.

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