Tuesday, October 11, 2005

CBS poll: 64% of Americans say Iraq war not worth it

The poll found that public support for the Iraq war has slipped to a record low, with 41 percent of respondents saying the U.S. had done "the right thing" by invading Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein. A February 2005 CBS poll found that 46 percent believed the invasion was "the right thing," compared with 50 percent who said the U.S. should have "stayed out" of Iraq.

Fifty-nine percent of those polled Oct. 3-5 said U.S. troops should leave as soon as possible, up from 52 percent in a CBS poll published Sept. 2.

The poll found that 64 percent of American adults said the results of the Iraq war were not worth the costs, compared with 32 percent who said the results made the war worthwhile. At least 1,944 U.S. service members and five civilian Defense Department workers have died in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, according to the Pentagon Web site.

In Sept. 2004, 54 percent of U.S. adults said invading Iraq was the right thing to do and 39 percent said the U.S. shouldn't have invaded.

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