Faced with these two basic and conflicting public sentiments, both political parties are struggling to develop a winning campaign message on Iraq.
Two-thirds of Republicans say they approve of Bush's handling of Iraq, according to AP-Ipsos polling in August. Nine of 10 Democrats disapprove and two-thirds of independents disapprove.
"We should leave Iraq now, there's nothing more we can do," said Joey Yovino-Young, a construction worker from Oakland, Calif., who leans Democratic. "We've done our damage. We should give them humanitarian assistance."
About two-thirds of Democrats favor leaving as soon as possible, according to Pew Research Center polling. More than two-thirds of Republicans favor keeping troops in Iraq until the situation is stabilized.
Politicians in both parties may not want to talk about Iraq, but it's not going to go away. We've already seen it's effects in the primary. When Connecticut goes to the polls again in November, what will it's effects be?
Associated Press. "Politicians must navigate minefield of Iraq public opinion". Norwalk Advocate. 8/21/06