Iraq, Bush and the new moral majority

Support for the war reaches an all-time low.


Tim Grieve
June 27, 2007 5:20PM (UTC)

A new CNN poll has just 30 percent of the American public still supporting the war in Iraq -- an all-time low in the poll, and a number that's all the more remarkable when you factor in the fact that 41 percent of the public still thinks that Saddam Hussein's regime played a direct role in 9/11.

The poll offers more bad news for the president: His approval rating is 32 percent, matching the lowest the poll has ever recorded for him. And it offers some insight into why Republicans like Richard Lugar and George Voinovich may be feeling a little bolder about speaking out against the president's surge: The poll finds a sharp drop-off in support for the war among GOP voters.

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Who gets good news in the poll? Anybody who has found himself on the wrong side of "value voters" over the last decade or so. After years in which the right has pounded away on the evils of everything from homosexuality to abortion to video games, isn't it sort of refreshing to read that a majority of Americans now believe that the war in Iraq is "not morally justified"?


Tim Grieve

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

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