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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/30/2007

Iraqi Progress and the American Public

A forthcoming Government Accountability Office report showing that the Iraqi government has made little progress on 18 military and political objectives set forth by Congress could prompt calls for the U.S. to temper its support for the fledgling democracy.

According to the July Washington Post-ABC News poll, 67 percent would support reducing "U.S. military and financial support from the Iraqi government if the Iraqis fail to make progress toward national unity and restoring civil order."

Of course, whether or not the Iraqi government is making progress remains an open question. The White House's report on the topic issued last month included a mixed, but more positive, assessment and next month's report from Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker is also expected to be more upbeat.

Scaling down U.S. backing for a government which fails to make progress is one of few Iraq-related policies on which Republicans and Democrats agree. Two-thirds in each party support such a roll-back, as do 71 percent of independents.

The July result represented no change since Post-ABC polling in February, but is a slight drop in support since December, when 74 percent favored pulling back support based on the Iraqi government's progress.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/30/2007

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