Thursday, August 16, 2007

Surge Working?

Practical arguments aside, it would appear that the American troop surge in Iraq has been somewhat successful, in terms of perception. I wouldn't characterize the "renewed optimism" as widespread, but there is an uptick in favorable opinion:
More adults in the United States are voicing agreement with their government’s policies regarding the coalition effort, according to a poll by CBS News. 29 per cent of respondents think the troop increase is making the situation in Iraq better, up 10 points since July:

As you may know, the U.S. has sent more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq. From what you have heard or read, would you say this troop increase is making the situation in Iraq better, making it worse, or is it having no impact on the situation in Iraq so far?

Aug...... Jul

Better 29% 19%

Worse 15% 20%

No impact 46% 51%

Unsure 10% 7%

From what you have seen or heard about the situation in Iraq, what should the United States do now? Should the U.S. increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, keep the same number of U.S. troops in Iraq as there are now, decrease the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, or remove all its troops from Iraq?


Increase 13% 12%

Same 17% 15%

Decrease 31% 39%

Remove all 30% 36%

Unsure 9% 7%

The numbers are still conclusive, but don't be surprised if findings such as the above, and Bush's minor uptick in approval, aren't used to support the idea that Iraq isn't a lost cause, even though it really is. It would seem that the concept of the "surge" is getting some traction with people, which might delude Bush further, into thinking he can carry on and pressure the legislature.

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