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Significant Shift of Popular Perception of War on Iraq

Amongst United States citizens there has been a very significant shift in views on the war on Iraq.
source: CNN Poll  http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/06/30/sprj.irq.iraq.poll/

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The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

Only 56 percent of Americans view the current fighting as going well in Iraq, according to a new CNN/USA Today Gallup poll. That is much lower than the 70 percent in late May and the 86 percent in early May who thought the fighting was going well.

Forty-nine percent of the 1,003 adult American polled last week are not confident that the United States can stop such attacks on U.S. forces, but three-quarters of respondents believe the number of combat deaths since April were to be expected given the dangers in Iraq.

Although the percentage of those who believe going to war in Iraq was worthwhile has fallen to 56 percent from 73 percent in April, more than two-thirds believe having U.S. troops in Iraq now is worthwhile.

Less than half of Americans said they were confident that U.S. forces would capture or kill Saddam, down from 70 percent in March. About 45 percent said they lacked confidence that Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction would be found, up from 15 percent in March.

June 27-29:

Was it worth going to war in Iraq?
NOW 56% Yes : 42% No
APRIL 73% Yes : 23% No

How are things going in Iraq?
NOW 56% Well : 42% Badly
May 30-June 1 70% Well : 29% Badly
May 5-7 86% Well : 13% Badly

Would it matter to you if Bush did mislead the public on Iraqi weapons?
Great Deal 53%
Moderate Amount 22%
Not Much 11%
Not at All 11%

Are you confident that the U.S. will find weapons of mass destruction?
NOW 22% Very Confident : 31% Somewhat Confident : 45% Not Confident
MARCH 55% Very Conf ident : 32% Somewhat Confident : 15% Not Confident