Here's the evidence

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, August 09, 2004

Andrea Ballew wrote in an Aug. 5 letter that I was incorrect in stating that most Americans now oppose the war in Iraq. She proposed I need scientific data to make a broad statement. Here is a result of a USA Today poll from last week. The poll reveals that 53 percent of voters say that the situation in Iraq did not merit the war, while 43 percent say it did. When the question was asked by the same pollsters in November and March, the figures were reversed. Meanwhile, only 35 percent believe the United States is making good progress, while 61 percent feel America is "getting bogged down."

And this from CBS News taken July 16. The public continues to grow more critical of the war in Iraq, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. For the first time, a majority of Americans (51 percent) say the United States should have stayed out of Iraq. Another 45 percent say going to war was the right thing to do. In other findings, 56 percent of Americans say the war is going badly for the United States, up from 36 percent a year ago. And nearly two-third of Americans (62 percent) say the war has not been worth the cost. And since USA Today and CBS News are not considered progressive sources of news, it would be tough to argue they are biased in favor of anti-war sentiment.

Thank you for asking for evidence.

Mary Noble

Juneau



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