WASHINGTON — Public doubts are growing about Iraq and President Bush's handling of the war nearly a year after he declared an end to major combat, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Americans are evenly split on whether taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, the CBS News-New York Times poll found.
Less than half, 47%, said taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, and about the same number, 46%, said the United States should have stayed out of the country.
The poll of 1,042 adults was taken April 23-27 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Only a month ago, 58% said the military action was right, and 37% said it was not. Four in 10 in the poll, 41%, said they approved of Bush's handling of the war, and about the same number, 40%, approved of his handling of foreign policy.
He gets relatively strong support for his handling of the campaign against terrorism: 60%.