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Pew Poll: Media Elite Think Iraq a Mistake, Doomed to Fail

Poll results here. This from the Media Research Center analysis:

The news media elite are to the left of the public in several policy areas related to the war on terrorism, a poll “of opinion leaders and the general public conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations,” found. While 56 percent of the public believes “efforts to establish a stable democracy” in Iraq will succeed, 63 percent of the news media elite think it will fail; a plurality of 48 percent of the public think going to war in Iraq was correct, but 71 percent of the news media elite consider it a bad decision; the public is split evenly at 44 percent on whether the Iraq war has helped or hurt the war on terrorism, but an overwhelming 68 percent of the news media elite say it has hurt; and 46 percent of the public believe torture of terrorist suspects is often or sometimes “justified,” 78 percent of the news media elite contend it is “rarely” or “never” justified. Plus, news media elite approval of Bush’s job performance — at a lowly 21 percent — is half that of the public’s.

(Thanks to MB reader Mark E. for the tip)

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