A 57% majority of Americans are still convinced that it was a mistake for the US to send troops to Iraq, and 65% believe the surge either is not having any impact, or is actually making things worse, according to USA Today and Gallup's latest test of the public's views on the war.
Despite the bleak outlook, the poll also indicated a 9% increase in the number of respondents who believe the surge is having a positive effect, as compared to the last time Gallup posed the question back in early July.
The increased confidence in the new strategy may have also affected the opinion people have of regarding when troops should be re-deployed. According to the latest stats, 66% of Americans favor removing all U.S. troops from Iraq by April 2008, except for a limited number involved in counter-terrorist operations, which represents a 5% percent decrease since last month.
The poll also had good and bad news for Gen. David Petraeus--more people like him (47%) than dislike him (21%), but 32% had either never heard of him or didn't know enough about him to have an opinion.