President Bush's speech aired throughout the world last night, as in desperation he attempted to build support for a plan that faced a 61% disapproval rate before it was even publicly announced.
The intended effect of the speech, to gain the popular support of the American people, failed miserably.
MSNBC is reporting that a new AP-Ipsos poll has been released, which finds a full 70% of Americans are opposed to sending further troops into Iraq, 9% more than before his speech aired.
"Fully 70 percent of Americans oppose sending more troops, and a like number don't think such an increase would help stabilize the situation there."Other findings in this poll?
Only 35% feel it was right to go to war with Iraq in the first place, the lowest rating AP has seen when asking this question, and a complete 180 from two years ago when 2/3 of Americans felt it was the right decision.
And in one of the saddest commentaries on the war, a full 60% of Americans "think it is unlikely that a stable, democratic Iraqi government will be established."
A poll conducted by The Washington Post/ABC News found similar numbers, although they were closer to the original numbers indicated before the speech.
"The findings of the survey, conducted after Bush's primetime speech, represent an initial rebuke to the White House goal of generating additional public support for the mission in Iraq. The poll found that 61 percent of Americans oppose sending more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, with 52 percent saying they strongly oppose the plan. Just 36 percent said they back the president's new proposal."Heck of a job Bushie!