the military times has released its annual poll of our troops:
Only 35 percent of the military members polled this year said they approve of the way President Bush is handling the war, while 42 percent said they disapproved. The presidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s approval rating among the military is only slight ly higher than for the population as a whole. In 2004, when his popularity peaked, 63 percent of the military approved of BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s handling of the war. While ap proval of the presidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s war lead ership has slumped, his overall approval remains high among the military.
Just as telling, in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s poll only 41 percent of the military said the U.S. should have gone to war in Iraq in the first place, down from 65 percent in 2003. That closely reflects the beliefs of the general population today Ã¢â‚¬â€ 45 percent agreed in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.