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U.S. Democrats favored on Iraq war: poll
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08:06, July 25, 2007

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Most Americans see President George W. Bush as intransigent on Iraq and prefer that the Democratic-controlled Congress make decisions about a possible withdrawal of U.S. forces, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll published on Tuesday shows.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed in the poll said they trust congressional Democrats on the war, compared with 32 percent who said they trust Bush. And by 2 to 1, Americans said Congress, rather than the president, should make the final decision about when to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq.

Many would like Congress to assert itself on Iraq, and about half of poll respondents said congressional Democrats have done "too little" to get Bush to change his war policy.

Overall attitudes about the war in Iraq continue to be decidedly negative, with more than six out of 10 saying that given the costs, the war was not worth fighting.

A narrow majority -- 55 percent -- support legislation that would set a deadline of next spring for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, but while that measure is backed by 72 percent of Democrats and six out of 10 independents, only a quarter of Republicans are on board.

Bush's overall approval rating equals its all-time low in Post-ABC News polls at 33 percent, with 65 percent disapproving. Fifty-two percent said they "strongly" disapprove of his job performance, the highest figure of his presidency and more than three times the 16 percent who strongly approve.

Thirty-one percent give him positive marks on handling the situation in Iraq, which is near his career low on the issue. Three-quarters of Republicans approve of the way he is handling his job, but just one out of 10 Democrats and three out of 10 independents give him positive marks.

At the same time, Congress fares little better with the public on the war. Just 35 percent said they approve of the way congressional Democrats are handling the situation in Iraq, with 63 percent disapproving.

The poll was conducted July 18 to 21 among 1,125 adults, and has a three-percentage-point margin of error.

Source: Xinhua

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