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Poll Shows President’s Speech Failed to Sway Public

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Despite the President’s nationally televised address calling for a temporary increase in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, most Americans continue to believe the nation’s policy should move in the opposite direction. Fifty-six percent (56%) of American voters favor reducing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq—exactly the same percentage who held that view before the President’s speech. Thirty-four percent (34%) now support the President’s call for more troops, up three points since his speech. Other findings from the survey show little change in public opinion over the past week. The inability of the President to sway opinion in his favor may have emboldened critics of his policy.

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