WASHINGTON (CNN) – As General David Petraeus reveals his much-anticipated report on progress in Iraq Monday, most Americans don't think the increase in U.S. troops is helping to improve security in the war-torn country.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 54 percent of Americans think the troop surge is failing to improve conditions and ending violence in Iraq. Only 40 percent believe the increase in troops is succeeding.
Petraeus might have difficulty in selling the American public that the surge is working in Iraq. An August CNN/Opinion Research Poll showed that 53 percent of Americans don't trust him and think he will make the situation in Iraq sound better. Only 43 percent of those surveyed in August said they trusted that Petraeus would give an honest assessment.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich