Even more Americans now mistrust Bush's Iraq policy

More people than ever trust Congress over the president on the war, but there are some mixed messages -- fewer now think the war is going "very badly."

By Alex Koppelman

Published July 24, 2007 1:00PM (EDT)

One thing's for sure: An ever-increasing number of Americans think President Bush is too stubborn in his handling of the war in Iraq, and, by a margin of 55 percent to 32 percent, they trust Congress' judgment more. Those are the findings of a poll just out from the Washington Post and ABC News, which has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

And there's more bad news for the right in the Post/ABC News poll -- bad news, at least, for those on the right who've been trying to argue that Congress is less popular than Bush -- 46 percent of those surveyed approved of the way Democrats in Congress are doing their job; just 34 percent approved of the way congressional Republicans are doing theirs. And there are strong signs that the disapproval of Democrats is actually coming from the left; 49 percent said Democrats have done too little to make Bush change his policy in Iraq.

But there are some mixed signals between the Post/ABC News poll and another new joint poll, this one from the New York Times and CBS News. The Times/CBS News poll, which also has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, says that those who say the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do has risen seven points since an all-time low in May, to 42 percent. The Post/ABC News poll asks respondents whether "the war with Iraq was worth fighting." That number has been essentially holding steady, from 33 percent in April to 37 percent in June and 36 percent now.

The Times/CBS News poll also shows that Americans have a rosier outlook on the progress of the war. Earlier this month, 45 percent said the war was going "very badly"; that number has dropped to 35 percent.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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