Friday, August 26, 2005

90% believe in free speech? I would HOPE so!

From The Ed Shultz Show [Thanks, fizz, for pointing that out!]

(08/26/2005 ) Poll: Many Back Right to Protest Iraq War

"An overwhelming number of people say critics of the Iraq war should be free to voice their objections."

Nine of 10 people surveyed in an AP-Ipsos poll say it's OK for war opponents to publicly share their concerns about the conflict. With the U.S. death toll in Iraq climbing past 1,870 with an especially bloody August, the public's opinion of the Bush administration's handling of the war has been eroding over the past two years .

The poll found that 53% of the people disapprove of the Bush administration's conduct of the war and think the war was a mistake. That level of opposition is about the same as the number who said that about Vietnam in August 1968, six months after the Tet offensive.

Various polls have shown that erosion of war support has been faster in Iraq than during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Half of those polled believe the war has increased the threat of terrorism. Public doubts about the war have gotten new attention since Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son Casey in Iraq last year, took her protest to Crawford.

The poll found that 37 percent approve of the way the Bush administration is conducting the war. Overall attitudes about the war — while negative — haven't changed dramatically through the summer and a solid majority, 60 percent, want U.S. troops to stick it out until Iraq is stable.

{But we are still FREE to voice our opinions... God Bless America!}

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