<blockquote>Poll shows troops in support of war<br>Mon Dec 27, 8:27 AM ET<br>By Robert Hodierne, Army Times<br><br>Despite a year of ferocious combat, mounting casualties and frequent deployments, support for the war in Iraq (news - web sites) remains very high among the active-duty military, according to a Military Times Poll.<br><br>Sixty-three percent of respondents approve of the way President Bush (news - web sites) is handling the war, and 60% remain convinced it is a war worth fighting. Support for the war is even greater among those who have served longest in the combat zone: Two-thirds of combat vets say the war is worth fighting.<br><br>But the men and women in uniform are under no illusions about how long they will be fighting in Iraq; nearly half say they expect to be there more than five years.<br><br>In addition, 87%% say they're satisfied with their jobs and, if given the choice today, only 25% say they'd leave the service.<br><br>Compared with last year, the percentages for support for the war and job satisfaction remain essentially unchanged.<br><br>A year ago, 77% said they thought the military was stretched too thin to be effective. This year, that number shrank to 66%.<br><br>The findings are part of the annual Military Times Poll, which this year included 1,423 active-duty subscribers to Air Force Times, Army Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times.<br><br>The subscribers were randomly surveyed by mail in late November and early December. The poll has a margin of error of +/-2.6%.<br><br>Among the poll's other findings:<br><br>• 75% oppose a military draft.<br><br>• 60% blame Congress for the shortage of body armor in the combat zone.<br><br>• 12% say civilian Pentagon (news - web sites) policymakers should be held accountable for abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq</blockquote><br><br>link<br><br>****************<br>I have no signature at this time
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