WASHINGTON (CNN) - Reacting to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday that indicates Americans' opposition to the Iraq war has reached an all time high, the White House cited recent successes in the country and said it takes time for perceptions of the war to change.
“The American people want our troops to succeed in Iraq, and it may take some time for perceptions to change back here, but the evidence on the ground in Iraq is clear: the surge is succeeding in bringing greater security in Iraq," White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.
"And as the president has said, with continued success we can begin to bring troops home," he added. "As our troops are clearly succeeding on the ground in Iraq, they deserve our undivided support."
The poll, released earlier Thursday, showed 68 percent of Americans oppose the war in Iraq.
- CNN's Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report