Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The headline on Gallup's Web site for the story on its latest Iraq poll is

Americans Applaud Transfer of Sovereignty to Iraq

Have mixed expectations for future of Iraq.

Mixed feelings indeed -- here's AP on the same poll:

Americans are skeptical about the turnover of political control to Iraqis at a time the country has not been stabilized, according to polls released Monday.

By a 2-1 ratio, Americans say the turnover of political control to Iraqis now is not a sign of success, but a sign of failure because the nation's stability remains in question, according to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll....

In the Gallup poll, six in 10 said the handover of authority at such an unstable point is a sign of failure, while about three in 10, 32 percent, said the handover of authority on schedule is a sign of success, according to the Gallup poll taken last week.

Six in 10 said they think it is unlikely internal security will be established in Iraq in the next five years and slightly more, 63 percent, said they think U.S. troops will be in Iraq for another three years or more....

The public is starting to get it.

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