U.S. worries about the toll Iraq is taking, poll finds
NEW YORK Two and a half years into the war in Iraq, Americans are worried about the toll it is taking on the United States, both in the mounting casualties and the drain of resources needed at home. And although they anticipate a long, protracted American involvement, they say Iraq will never become a stable democracy, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.
The poll also suggested that there was widespread reluctance to make sacrifices to continue to pay for the mission in Iraq.
Ninety percent of those surveyed, including a majority of Republicans, disapprove of Washington cutting spending on domestic programs to pay for the war,
almost 80 percent would not be willing to pay more in taxes and 55 percent disapprove of eliminating recent tax cuts to raise revenue.
And Americans say they are feeling the impact of the war on their communities, a sentiment that is more pronounced among blacks than whites.
A majority of all respondents said that the war in Iraq was having an impact on their communities - 27 percent eliminating recent tax cuts to raise revenue.