Sep 14 2007

Poll: Focus On Iraq, Not Bin Laden

Published by at 1:32 am under All General Discussions,Bin Laden/GWOT,Iraq

A not so well advertised poll came out earlier this week which totally destroys the Democrats plans to withdrawal from Iraq and focus our efforts on Bin Laden:

Forty-one percent of Americans believe that the US military should stay focused on stabilizing Iraq, while far fewer say the hunt for Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden should take priority, a poll found on Tuesday.

Just 19 percent of those polled said capturing the elusive terror chief should take precedence, while 35 percent said the war in Iraq and finding bin Laden were “equally important,” according to the UPI/Zogby poll.

The telephone survey of 7,102 adults was taken September 7-10, before the start of key testimony on Iraq progress by a top US general and ambassador but just after the release of the first video in nearly three years by bin Laden.

What is interesting is this is an old fashioned (and more reliable) telephone survey and an incredibly large sample, giving these results a margin of error of just over 1%. What is also interesting is only 20% percent believe we should focus all our efforts on Bin Laden (and damn the disaster that Iraq would turn into if we left prematurely). A whopping 76% believe we need to stay focused on Iraq (41% of those believe we should only focus on Iraq and leave Bin Laden to be dealt with at a later time). Many believe the obvious: there is no need to chose between the two – we can do both and should do both.

The dems have also lost the public on their surrender at any cost approach. The public is now firmly opposed to immediate withdrawal:

Forty-three percent said Congress should give US President George W. Bush and his “surge” strategy of boosting troop levels in Iraq more time to work, while 35 percent said they want to see Bush begin a phased troop withdrawal.

Nineteen percent said the United States should undertake an immediate and complete withdrawal from Iraq.

Their desire for America to lose no matter the gains we have made, and their willingness to smear our military in the process, is going to lose them a lot of support. Especially when it comes to running for President. The other thing to note is the fact this poll was take BEFORE Petraeus testified and Bush’s speech (which sadly I missed due to family celebrations). The polls are just now starting their move away from the Dems. How big a hole the Dems have dug themselves into is not yet clear. My guess is it is pretty damn deep, and they could be sitting in if for years or decades to come.

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4 Responses to “Poll: Focus On Iraq, Not Bin Laden”

  1. lurker9876 says:

    Tonight’s Fox News Analysts on Brit Hume said that the Democrats quickly backed off on attacking Petraeus as well as denying that they were attacking Petraeus.

    It’s getting where the Democrats don’t know how to play the game very well when we are at war. And they haven’t learned how to play with or against Bush either.

    We are faced with the loony nutroots on the left side and the purists on the GOP side. Almost all of the Democrats are extreme left-wing. I still plan on voting straight all the way in ’08.

  2. Neville72 says:

    This is somewhat off topic but related in the sense it pertains to next week\’s Senate work on the defense appropriations bill.

    The Open Borders crowd will try an end run on AMNESTY.

    AJ, please help get the message out.

    NumbersUSA | Sept 13, 2007 | Roy Beck, President

    Friends, this is not a do-it-if-you-have-time request. This is the most urgent kind of request for your action Friday — and again Monday…. In the middle of actions on Defense next week, the open-borders Senators are going to attempt to attach three proposals that would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and dramatically increase the importation of additional foreign labor for American jobs. Many of the Senators who helped us kill the Comprehensive Amnesty in June are indicating they are in favor of these preferences for illegal foreign workers and new foreign workers over American workers. We must keep them from attaching the Dream Act Amnesty to the Department of Defense authorization bill. And we also must keep them from taking hundreds of thousands of our high tech jobs from American students and middle-age American workers and giving them to foreign workers.

    1. Call the Senate switchboard at: 202-224-3121

  3. AJStrata says:


    Please provide a link to the rest of the information in your really long post. I am probably in favor of the bill since I supported the comprehensive immigration bill the far right killed earlier this year. But with that said I don’t mind all views being expressed. Just keep it brief if you will.

    Thanks, AJStrata

  4. owl says:

    I listen to polls being touted everyday on TV and never heard a peep about this one. India Times tells us of this poll and NYT gives a free page for slime.