July 18, 2008

Public Opinion Snapshot: It’s Time to Go

By Ruy Teixeira | July 18, 2008

Conservatives insist that winning the war in Iraq is central to achieving success in the fight against terrorism and that we must therefore stay in Iraq as long as necessary to win the war. On this, as with so many other policies advocated by today’s conservatives, the public has a completely different viewpoint.

Take how winning the war fits into the fight against terrorism. In the just released ABC News/Washington Post poll, only about a third of Americans think the United States needs to win the Iraq war “in order for the broader war against terrorism to be a success,” compared to 60 percent who think the war against terrorism can succeed without victory in Iraq.