Downing Hits Main Street
The combination of the rising casualties, revelations like the so-called Downing Street memo and a growing perception that the war mission has become murkier has caused one-time war supporters and even strong proponents of the troops to question the wisdom of the mission. Attitudes here mirror some of what is reflected in recent national polls, which show declining support for the war.
The Bush administration is taking declining public support for the war as a warning that it must increase its communication about the reasons for the war and what it also considers reasons for optimism - with the White House pointing to the establishment of a new Iraqi government in the face of ongoing violence.
Evidence of that hope is not reflected in opinion polls. A New York Times/CBS News Poll released Friday showed only 37 percent said they approved of Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq, down from 45 percent in February. Also last week, there was a bipartisan call in the House to set a deadline for troop withdrawals.
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