Support for Iraq war reaches new low

The president's approval rating is down to 36 percent in a new CNN poll.

Published October 17, 2006 12:49PM (EDT)

Americans' support for the war in Iraq has just hit an all-time low of 34 percent in a new CNN poll. Given the events of the past few weeks, the public's growing impatience with the war shouldn't be much of a surprise: Fifty-eight Americans have died in the first half of October, putting the month on pace to be the deadliest in Iraq since November 2004.

That's the month that Americans reelected the man who started the war, of course. If the polls are to be believed, that wouldn't happen again now. George W. Bush's approval rating hovered right around 50 percent in the days surrounding Election Day 2004. Three weeks out from Election Day 2006, Bush's approval rating now stands at 36 percent in the CNN poll.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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