Poll Indicates Most Southeasterners Oppose Bush Handling Of Iraq War

The latest Elon University poll shows a majority of people in five Southeastern states are unhappy with President Bush's plan to build up U-S troop numbers in Iraq.

The survey of 719 residents of Florida, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas also shows an increasing number disapprove of the way he is handling the presidency.

Sixty-four percent disapproved or strongly disapproved of Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. That compares with 57 percent in a survey of the same states one year ago, while 31 percent approved or strongly approved of it, down from 39 percent last year.

The survey also showed 57 percent of those questioned disapproved or strongly disapproved of increasing the number of U-S troops in Iraq.

The poll also found that 58 percent of respondents disapproved of Bush's job performance, up from 52 percent in the February 2006 survey. It said 38 percent approved or strongly approved of his work, compared to 43 percent last year.


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