Americans a Little More Optimistic About Surge

a) As you may know U.S. president George W. Bush has sent approximately 28,000 additional U.S. military forces to try to restore civil order in parts of Iraq. Do you think this increase in U.S. forces has made the situation in Iraq better, worse, or hasn’t made much difference?

Sept. 2007 Jul. 2007
Better 28% 22%
Worse 12% 19%
Not much difference 58% 56%
Unsure 2% 3%

Source: TNS / Washington Post / ABC NewsMethodology: Telephone interviews with 1,002 American adults, conducted from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent. b) Based on what you have heard or read about the recent surge of U.S. troops in Iraq, do you think the increase in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq is making the situation there better, not making much difference, or is it making the situation there worse?

Sept. 8 Aug. 5
Better 32% 31%
Not making much difference 44% 41%
Worse 19% 24%
No opinion 5% 4%

Source: Gallup / USA TodayMethodology: Telephone interviews with 1,028 American adults, conducted on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent. c) As you may know, the U.S. has sent more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq. From what you have heard or read, would you say this troop increase is making the situation in Iraq better, making it worse, or is it having no impact on the situation in Iraq so far?

Sept. 2007 Aug. 2007
Better 35% 29%
Worse 12% 15%
No Impact 45% 46%
Unsure 8% 10%

Source: CBS NewsMethodology: Telephone interviews with 1,036 American adults, conducted from Sept. 4 to Sept. 8, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent. d) As you may know, this year additional U.S. troops were sent to Iraq. Do you think sending more troops to Iraq has helped stabilize the situation there, or not?

Yes 36%
No 58%
Not sure 6%

Source: Ipsos-Public Affairs / Associated PressMethodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, 2007. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

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