APew Research poll reveals that Hispanics are way ahead of the rest of the country on the subject of ending Chimpy’s Vanity War. This can’t be a good sign for the electoral prospects of Republicans in states like Texas.
Two-thirds of Hispanics (66%) now favor bringing troops home as soon as possible, up from 51% in January 2005. Conversely, Latinos who favored keeping troops in Iraq until the situation there has stabilized have declined from 37% to 19%.
The general public also is more inclined to bring the troops home, but not to the same extent as Hispanics. A survey of the general population by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press in December found that one in two Americans (50%) favored bringing troops home as soon as possible, up from 41% in January 2005.
The changing attitude toward the war is also evident in the answer to a basic question: Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or the wrong decision in using military force against Iraq? Since 2004, a third or more of Latinos responded that using military force was the right decision. In the latest survey, only 24% of Latinos agreed with that assessment. That is down from 39% in April/June 2004 and from 31% in August/October 2006.
By comparison, 42% of the general public believes the U.S. made the right decision in using military force, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center.