WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two-thirds of Americans continue to oppose the war in Iraq, but the number who say that things are getting worse in that country has dropped 15 points since June, according to a new CNN Opinion Research Corporation poll out Friday morning.
Close to 65 percent of those questioned oppose the war, up slightly from the last time we polled in September. Meanwhile, 34 percent favor the Iraq conflict, which is the exact same as last month.
Only a quarter say the situation in Iraq is improving and two-thirds say things are going badly for the U.S. in the country - but the poll suggests that the public mood on the war is slightly better than it was in June.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says “opposition to the war in Iraq may also be affecting views of what the U.S. should do in Iran.”
More than three-quarters of the public thinks that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons and providing weapons and aid to Iraqi insurgents. Nonetheless, 68 percent oppose military action against Iran.
We also asked if the government of Iran is or is not providing weapons and other support to the insurgents who are fighting the U.S. troops in Iraq. 82 percent of those polled said yes.
1,212 adult Americans were questioned for the survey. It was conducted by telephone on October 12-14, and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser