Saturday, March 24, 2007

Iraq Surge Will Not Help, Say Americans

Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research
March 23, 2007

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many adults in the United States believe their government’s new strategy for the coalition effort will not be effective, according to a poll by Harris Interactive. 54 per cent of respondents think sending 20,000 troops to Iraq to fight the insurgents will not improve security, and 49 per cent think the policy is wrong.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 3,229 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and more than 24,100 troops have been wounded in action.

In December 2005, Iraqi voters renewed their National Assembly. In May 2006, Shiite United Iraqi Alliance member Nouri al-Maliki officially took over as prime minister.

On Jan. 10, U.S. president George W. Bush introduced his new course of action for the coalition effort, which includes an increase in U.S. troop levels. On Feb. 16, the House of Representatives voted 246-182 in favour of a non-binding resolution condemning Bush’s proposed strategy.

On Mar. 19, Bush discussed the current state of affairs, saying, "I want to stress that this operation is still in the early stages, it’s still in the beginning stages. Fewer than half of the troop reinforcements we are sending have arrived in Baghdad. The new strategy will need more time to take effect. And there will be good days, and there will be bad days ahead as the security plan unfolds."

Polling Data

The United States is sending about 20,000 troops to Iraq to fight the insurgents there. Do you think…?

This will improve security and reduce killings


This will not improve security and reduce killings


Not sure


Still thinking about the 20,000 additional troops, do you believe this is the right thing or the wrong thing for the United States to do?

Right thing


Wrong thing


Not sure


Source: Harris Interactive
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,223 American adults, conducted from Mar. 6 to Mar. 14, 2007. Margin of error is 2 per cent.

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