Hispanics Favor Withdrawal From Iraq

    More than half of Latinos nationwide favor immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, according to a poll released Feb. 7.

    Conducted Jan 11-27 by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center, the survey found that 55 percent of Hispanics want U.S. troops to pull out “as soon as possible,” while 29 percent say they should remain.

    The poll also reported that U.S.-born Latinos split on the issue with 47 percent for staying in Iraq, 46 percent for leaving.

    Opinions of the 1,003 Hispanics in the survey showed differences based on gender, education and income levels.

    Of those groups polled, only one _ those with higher-income levels _ opposed an immediate withdrawal.

    Of those who favor keeping U.S. troops in Iraq:

    Male vs. female _ 46 percent to 27 percent

    Income: more than $50,000 vs. less than $50,000: 56 percent to 36 percent

    Some college vs. high school grads: 47 percent to 33 percent

    Puerto Rican vs. Mexican heritage: 23 percent to 38 percent

    The survey had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

    A separate national poll of the general population conducted by the same organization a week earlier found that 41 percent of those polled favored bringing the troops home while 54 percent said the United States should maintain a military presence in Iraq.