Bush’s ratings on Iraq war fall even lower

Fewer than a fourth of all Americans approve of how President George W. Bush is handling his failed Iraq war and even fewer want him to be the one that decides future options on the war.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday found only 23 percent backed Bush’s Iraq strategy, an 11-point drop since the previous NBC/Journal poll in late October and Bush’s lowest mark on the question in this survey, NBC reported.

Nearly seven in 10 respondents said they felt less confident the war would come to a successful conclusion, NBC said. Fifty-three percent said the United States did not have an obligation to killed or wounded American soldiers to remain in Iraq.

Bush’s overall job approval rating was at 34 percent, the lowest level for the president in this poll, NBC said.

Bush is considering options for changing course in Iraq after the bipartisan Iraq Study Group offered dozens of recommendations last week.

Vowing he would not be rushed into a decision, Bush has put off until next month announcing any change in Iraq policy.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found only 21 percent of Americans wanted Bush to set the policy, while 59 percent wanted the incoming Democratic-led Congress to do so.

Democrats recaptured control of Congress in the November midterm elections from Bush’s Republicans largely on voter frustration over the situation in Iraq.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Tuesday showed seven in 10 disapproved of Bush’s handling of Iraq and 61 percent said the war was not worth fighting.

In a USA Today/Gallup survey, more than half the respondents, or 55 percent, said they wanted most U.S. troops withdrawn from Iraq within a year. Bush has rejected setting a timetable for removing U.S. troops from Iraq.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 1,006 adults was conducted from Friday to Monday and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

(Compiled from staff and wire sources)