There seemed to be a worldwide wave of optimism about Iraq after the U.S. mid-term elections. The Republicans lost both the House and the Senate, and soon after, chief war architect Donald Rumsfeld was out of a job. Change, it seemed, could not be far off.
So how do people feel now, three weeks later, with that new Congress smell starting to fade?
Well, in the U.S., just under half the country feels the Democrats have a mandate to change Iraq policy, while just over half feel the war there can't be won. Meanwhile, almost six in 10 now see similarities between Iraq and Vietnam, while a full two thirds were happy to see Rumsfeld go.
Support for the Iraq war is also taking a toll on America's allies. In Australia, almost 70 per cent of respondents to a recent poll now think joining the coalition was a mistake. And, a year from the next federal election, the opposition has inched ahead of the governing coalition. Same story in Denmark, where only 29 per cent now support participation in the war and the in-power Liberals are now trailing in the polls.
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