Poll: Whopping 77 Percent Say The War Is Going Badly

If there wasn’t sufficient reason for Republicans up for re-election to start to either distance themselves from the Bush administration or demand a change in Iraq war policy, this poll is it:

A CBS News poll shows Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the Iraq war, President Bush and the Congress, as well as the overall direction of the country.

More Americans than ever before, 77 percent, say the war is going badly, up from 66 percent just two months ago. Nearly half, 47 percent, say it’s going very badly.

Those are staggerly negative numbers. It indicates that argument, spin, even logical scenarios are not going to do it with the American people now. People are watching the news and apparently listening to more than Rush, Sean, or Tony Snow:

While the springtime surge in U.S. troops to Iraq is now complete, more Americans than ever are calling for U.S. forces to withdraw. Sixty-six percent say the number of U.S. troops in Iraq should be decreased, including 40 percent who want all U.S. troops removed. That’s a 7-point increase since April.

That would indicate that the progressives who have been insisting that the public is on the Democrats’ side on this are indeed correct as of July. Sixty-six percent is a strong number and one that could mean voting booth poison for those who insist we must stay the course no matter how long it takes. Translation: John McCain’s presidential hopes are now not just toast but burnt toast. MORE:

Fewer than one in five thinks that the troop increase is helping to improve the situation in Iraq, while about half think the war is actually creating more terrorists.

And President Bush?

The poll has bad news for President Bush, too. His job approval rating slipped to 27 percent, his lowest number ever in a CBS News poll — 3 points less than last month and 1 point below his previous low of 28 percent in January. His disapproval rating is also at an all-time high of 65 percent.

Once again: Bush has now approached the Jimmy Carter/Richard Nixon/LBJ level in his presidency. It’s difficult to see how he can reverse this course. Even events like a huge foreign policy crisis or a big domestic emergency may not be enough. There seems to be War
Fatigue and Bush Fatigue.

The danger for the GOP: it’s also likely that more centrist Democrats and a large chunk of independent voters now feel a Republican-federal-control fatigue and will want to get rid of it come 2008.

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  • JSpencer

    Better the cheerleaders get a clue late than never, but so much damage has been done there isn’t much in the way of satisfaction that can be taken by those who predicticted this result. Here’s my question: Will those who led us into this state of incredible and needless waste ever be in any serious way held accountable? Or are they so insulated by their power they will continue their lives unscathed after ruining the lives of so many others?

  • http://www.themoderatevoice.com Michael van der Galien

    The real question is: should the 23% who think it is going smoothly be allowed to vote”?

  • Davebo

    Every non felon is allowed to vote. It may well be part of the problem. But the remedy would be much much worse.

    The pendulum will swing. We’re seeing it now.

  • http://greendreams.wordpress.com GreenDreams

    The spin has spun out. America is waking up and I do hope the neocons and the entire Republican party enjoys the full fury of the electorate next year. Time for a BIG change. Something decisive enough to utterly crush the lawless, secretive, irresponsible and unaccountable trends of the last 7 years. Good riddance! Too bad we had to waste 3500 Americans, 12,000 American limbs and over a half million Iraqis on this stupid misadventure.

  • kritter

    When the President first proposed the surge- only 11% thought it could work. Then Bush attached it to Petraeus wagon (and to his spotless reputation) and it became Petraeus plan.

    Then we went through another cycle of the GOP accusing the Democrats of wanting the surge to fail when they tried to avoid funding it in the first place. I guess they could see this day coming, and didn’t need to wait until September, since the strategy doesn’t really make any sense, unless you believe that Maliki was capable of leading the Iraqi gov’t to a political compromise and unifying the country.

    I’m wondering when the Republicans in congress will finally admit (by their votes) that this plan is just another Bush flop.

  • pacatrue

    It would be great if Republicans up for reelection based their decisions on their best assessment of the prospects for the war instead of the current poll, but I know that’s silly talk.