And have been recently been equating some opinion polls showing high percentages of opposition to the War in Iraq with an electoral mandate.
Let’s see how they like this poll by Public Opinion Strategies (POS).
reported by New Media Journal:
57% of those polled agreed with the statement, “I support finishing the job in Iraq, that is, keeping the troops there until the Iraqi government can maintain control and provide security for their people.”..
57% of those polled believed that Iraq was central to the War on Terrorism and our struggle against global Islamofascist aggression…
53% believe the Democrats are going too far in pressing the president to withdraw troops.
56% believe that even if they harbor concerns about the president’s policies that Americans should stand behind the president in Iraq because we are at war.
59% believe that it would hurt American prestige more to pull out of Iraq immediately than it would to stay there for the long term, until the job was finished successfully.
and the New York Post:
53 percent to 43 percent… believe victory in Iraq over the insurgents is still possible…
Only 25 percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement, “I don’t really care what happens in Iraq after the U.S. leaves, I just want the troops brought home.” Seventy-four percent disagreed…
When given a choice of four policies, an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops was the least popular (17 percent).