WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the war in Iraq enters its seventh year, a new national poll indicates that most Americans favor President Barack Obama's withdrawal plan which would bring most U.S. troops home by next summer.
Seven out of ten people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday, the sixth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, say they support the president's announced plan to remove most U.S. troops from Iraq by August of next year but keep a force of 35,000 to 50,000 in the country. Those remaining troops would train and advise Iraqi security forces, hunt terrorists and protect American civilian and military personnel and would depart Iraq in 2011.
"Obama's troop withdrawal plan is one of the few proposals from the new president that wins support from Democrats and Republicans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "58 percent of Republicans approve of Obama's plan, with 84 percent of Democrats feeling the same way."
The poll also indicates that 63 percent of those questioned approve of how the President is handling the war in Iraq.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted March 12-15, with 1,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.