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Thursday, 20 September 2007



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America Votes: Petraeus Didn’t Betray Us

Gen. David Petraeus Better Known, Better Liked After Last Week
Sixty-one percent of Americans rate the general favorably in new poll

by Joseph Carroll

PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll suggests that last week’s intense schedule of congressional testimony and media appearances by the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, enhanced his image among Americans.

Not only did Petraeus’ name identification increase significantly in a matter of just a week, but his image also became more favorable than it was just before the week’s activities. This occurred in a contentious environment that included the publication of a full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing Petraeus, and much commentary on the truthfulness and accuracy of his testimony.

The new poll also shows that Americans are not nearly as familiar with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, who also testified before Congress.

According to the Sept. 14-16, 2007 poll, 61% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Petraeus, while 22% have an unfavorable opinion and 18% are not familiar enough with the general to rate him.

In early August, just 47% of Americans rated Petraeus favorably, with 21% rating him unfavorably and 32% having no opinion. Now, after last week, his post-testimony favorable rating has jumped up 14%.

Petraeus’ name identification — the percentage of Americans who know enough about him to have an opinion — also jumped from 69% in early September to 83% this past weekend.

Republicans — who as a group are solidly behind the war effort — are much more likely than independents or Democrats to rate Petraeus favorably. Eighty-three percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of him, compared with 59% of independents and 43% of Democrats.

General David Betray Us

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