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More Soldiers Lose Faith in Iraq War

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by Rachel Ensign

A new poll conducted by the Army Times newspaper at the end of 2006 found that a majority of soldiers polled now disapprove of how Bush has conducted the Iraq war to date.

Two years ago, 83% of GIs polled by the newspaper thought that success in Iraq was likely. This year, that number had declined to 50%. Only 41% of soldiers polled today think that we should have invaded Iraq--down from 65% in 2003. This closely mirrors sentiment among civilians; only 45% of whom now believe that the war was a good idea.

The mail survey, conducted between November 13 through December 22, is the fourth time the newspaper has polled its active duty subscribers since the war began. The results may not be representative of the military as a whole since the 945 respondents are older, more experienced, more likely to be officers and more career oriented than the overall military population.