Sez a new AP poll: Americans Trust Troops, But War is Mistake.
WASHINGTON — The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that many Americans perceive the alleged atrocities against Iraqi civilians by U.S. forces as isolated incidents while saying the U.S.-led invasion was a mistake, an unusual disconnect that sets this conflict apart from Vietnam.
The meme lives on, but at least there is some separation from Vietnam. Of course, as always, take polls with a grain of salt because I find it interesting that the questions asked in the poll not revealed in the AP article.
Also left out was the effect of a certain sabotage:
The survey of 1,003 adults was completed Wednesday, shortly before the announcement that U.S. airstrikes had killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, and the Iraqi parliament’s approval of candidates for ministers in charge of the army and police.
It remains to be seen how those events could affect opinion, especially among a public paying close attention to war dispatches.
Yes it will, and you can bet the results will be spun if the AP doesn’t like them.