Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bush Postpones Iraq Speech

Bush Postpones Iraq Speech
The White House planned on President Bush giving a major speech on the Iraq war before Christmas, but ABC News now says the idea has been shelved until next month.

A reason for the switch could be a wave a new polls that show Americans firmly opposed to the Bush administration's approach to handling the war.

* A Washington Post-ABC News poll shows seven in 10 Americans "disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation in Iraq -- the highest percentage since the March 2003 invasion. Six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting."

* A CBS News poll finds Americans think the war in Iraq "is going badly and getting worse, and think it's time for the U.S. either to change its strategy or start getting out. Forty-three percent say the U.S. should keep fighting, but with new tactics, while 50 percent say the U.S. should begin to end its involvement altogether. Only 4 percent say the U.S. should keep fighting as it is doing now."

* A Gallup Poll finds less than half of Americans "are willing to say that they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in Bush to recommend the right actions for Iraq."

With the war going so badly, it's little wonder Americans give Bush such low approval ratings. He registers just 31% approval in the CBS News poll, 36% in the Washington Post/ABC poll and 38% in the Gallup poll

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