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The United States-Defenders of Freedom or Imperialists-Does it come down to Iraq?
  Oct 09, 2005

A random digit dialing throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska of 1,344 U.S. respondents between September 10th 2005 and October 1st, 2005. This poll features a margin of error of 2.2%, 19 times out of 20 @97% competency. An independent 3rd party paid for the data collection associated with this poll. ROBBINS is not connected to any mainstream news agency.

Question #1
For which of the following political parties did you vote in the last U.S. Presidential election November 2004?
Republicans    49 %
Democrats    47 %
Other    04 %
Question #2
Which political party are you presently supporting?
Republicans    44 %
Democrats    46 %
Other/Undecided    10 %
Question #3
In your opinion what is the appropriate timetable to see the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq?
U.S. armed forces should get out of Iraq immediately    44 %
U.S. forces should get out of Iraq when it is the proper time to do so    46 %
Undecided    10 %
Question #4
U.S. President Bush has said all along that before getting out of Iraq, it was necessary to establish the proper infrastructure in that country including developing Iraq’s own security, the Rule of Law etc. In light of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and in particular the chaos and anarchy which followed, can you now understand why it is so important to ensure proper elements of good government are established in Iraq?
Yes    47 %
No    48 %
Undecided    05 %
The Republican Party is down 10% since the last United States federal general election. By contrast, Democratic Party popularity is down by only 2%.
Although the number of respondents who are of the opinion that U.S. forces should get out of Iraq (immediately) has increased significantly, a slight majority of respondents are not prepared to give up the fight in Iraq just yet.
Respondents are split on our last question, which presents a ‘parallel experience rationale’ for maintaining armed forces in Iraq.
Despite the comments from anti-Bush advocates U.S. citizens are not accepting the theory that the problems with Katrina should be absolutely linked with the circumstances involving Iraq. However those that do support this theory are among those respondents who want the U.S. out of Iraq ‘immediately’.
Given this, it can be reasonably hypothesized that the horrific damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and the anarchy, which followed, has played a role in galvanizing a base of support against the war in Iraq, to the extent that AT A MINIMUM U.S. citizens are getting sick of all the destruction and bad news. (War is never the bearer of any good news until it is announced the war is over).

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