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57 Percent Say Bush Administration Intentionally Exaggerated Evidence

Majority of Americans believe Bush administration misled public on Iraq: poll Tue Jun 28, 2:14 AM ET

Most Americans now believe that President George W. Bush's administration "intentionally misled" the public in going to war in Iraq, according to a poll.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll came on the eve of a key speech in which Bush will seek public support for the war, which 53 percent of Americans who were surveyed said was not worth fighting.

A record 57 percent say the Bush administration "intentionally exaggerated its evidence that pre-war Iraq possessed nuclear, chemical or biological weapons," according to the poll.

It was the first time a majority said the administration "intentionally misled" the public, the survey said.

The poll also shows 56 percent disapprove of Bush's handling of Iraq, including 44 percent who "strongly disapprove".

Still, 53 percent remain optimistic rather than pessimistic about the prospects for Iraq in the next year, the poll said.

And nearly six in 10, or 58 percent, want US troops to stay in Iraq until civil order has been restored, while 41 percent asked for their withdrawal.

The Bush administration has rejected calls from US lawmakers, including from the president's Republican Party, to set a firm timetable on the withdrawal of US troops.

Administration officials say US soldiers will leave Iraq when Iraqi security forces are capable of defending the country.

Bush will go to the huge Fort Bragg army base in North Carolina on Tuesday to give a speech marking the first anniversary of the transfer of civilian authority from the United States to an Iraqi government.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the two-term president's overall performance, with 40 percent strongly disapproving.

Comparatively, former president Bill Clinton's highest strong disapproval rating peaked at 33 percent in 1994, while the strong disapproval rating for Bush's father George H.W. Bush reached 34 percent in 1992, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted on June 23-26 among 1,004 adults and has a three-point margin of error.



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What do you mean Intentionally Exagerates Evidence? He lied and is still lying, and tonight as he addresses the nation he will lie again and again. When will he ever stop lying. In the 90s Bill Clinton made lying an art form, now little George Stupid has taken it to the next level.

The worst part of little George Stupid's lying is that it shows how much he disrespects our inteligence, does he think we are so stupid that we will believe his lies, evidently so.

When you look at all the evidence one can only come to one of two conclusions; either little George is stupid or he is lying. I for one am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he is both a liar and stupid!

The only conclusion one can draw is that the GOP propagandists know how trully ignorant and gullible are their minions. They use and manipulate them to the hilt.
Patrioitism is not found in confusing a president with your favorite championship wrestler, and supporting him in the face of his deceit.

I'm amazed that 57% only feel that way. Bush clearly misled the world and silenced democrats or any dissenters, who were watching and reading alternative news and were somewhat aware of the lies, by calling them unpatriotic. But now he gets away with just a 57% disapproval rating. It should be more like 70% if the Republicans would stop being so patriotic to their party and Bush, and started being more patriotic to the country as a whole. The fault seems to lie with the American people for not standing up to those who are in power.

This is why only 57% believe he intentionally misled the public. If the news media were not burying the story, I am sure that number would be much higher. Remember, not everyone has internet access. So make sure you tell the ones who don't the story!

and it's because the media are not doing their job, any more than they did their job during the runup to the war. We need a complete housecleaning, put all these networks and newspapers out of business and start new ones with an interest in journalism.

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