U.S. Politics May. 9, 2007

Closeness to Troops Boosts Support for War — but Not By Much

Those with close contacts to servicemembers in Iraq or Afghanistan tend to be more supportive of the Iraq war but their differences with those who are not closely connected are relatively modest.

U.S. Politics Apr. 26, 2007

Campaign ’08: Analysis of Key Voter Groups

Who’s most inspiring? Who’s most electable? Find out how liberals and conservatives, war supporters and opponents and other segments of the electorate rate the presidential candidates. Also, a solid majority of the public favors troop withdrawal, but both sides reject compromise over Iraq funding.

U.S. Politics Apr. 5, 2007

Who Do You Trust for War News?

Four years into the Iraq war, most Americans say they have little or no confidence in the information they receive — from either the military or the media — about how things are going on the ground.

U.S. Politics Mar. 26, 2007

Solid Majority Favors Congressional Troop Deadline

40% now say the situation in Iraq is going fairly or very well but nearly six in ten want their representative to vote for a withdrawal deadline and only 36% think the U.S. troop buildup will work.

U.S. Politics Mar. 22, 2007

Iraq and Vietnam: A Crucial Difference in Opinion

While public opinion about the war in Iraq has followed a path not unlike that charted during the Vietnam War, one important disparity stands out: attitudes toward the military.

U.S. Politics Mar. 15, 2007

Trends in Public Opinion about the War in Iraq, 2003-2007

On the fourth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the public has turned against the decision to use military force. But views of how the military effort is going, while now decidedly negative, have been more volatile, and Americans have been slow to conclude that U.S. troops should be withdrawn.

U.S. Politics Mar. 8, 2007

Foreign Policy: The Public Sends a Muddled Message

Opinion surveys find much in the way of public frustration, but little in the way of direction on the international and military front.

U.S. Politics Feb. 15, 2007

War Support Slips, Fewer See Positive Outcome

Two-thirds of the public now says that the U.S. military effort in Iraq is not going well, reflecting a sharp increase in the last year. And most say the country is also losing ground in problem areas from the federal budget to corruption to the environment.

U.S. Politics Jan. 16, 2007

Most Oppose President Bush’s New Iraq Plan

President Bush’s plan to send roughly 21,000 additional troops to Iraq has drawn broad opposition from the American public. If anything, the plan has triggered increased partisan polarization on the debate over what to do in Iraq.

Media & News Jan. 16, 2007

Iraq Policy Debate Dominates the News

In the second week of the new year (January 7-12) Iraq policy filled 34% of the overall newshole and was the top story in all five media sectors — newspapers, online, network TV, cable and radio.