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Poll: 74 percent oppose U.S. troops in Iraq, prefer supplies, intel

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Americans are dead set against putting U.S. boots on the ground to help the besieged government of Iraq, where 4,486 troops died during the war and aftermath, according to a sobering new poll.

The Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Americans United for Change found that just 16 percent support sending U.S. troops in. Many more, 67 percent, prefer that President Obama provide supplies and intelligence instead.

The poll is a clear putdown of GOP hawks and neo-conservatives who were upset with Obama’s troop withdrawal and reluctance to strike insurgents now. But it is also a warning light to the president as he boosts the number of U.S. forces assigned to protect the American Embassy in Baghdad.

Opposition to more troops in Iraq is bipartisan. Some 82 percent of Democrats, 86 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Republicans are against sending in U.S. troops.

The PPP poll also found support for Obama's 2011 withdrawal, which came under fire from his 2008 GOP presidential foe, Sen. John McCain, who said some troops should have been left behind. Asked who they agree with, 54 percent said Obama and just 28 percent said McCain.

Instead of military action and troops, the public also appears supportive of diplomatic pressure. PPP found that 52 percent support diplomacy in solving the ongoing military crisis.

PPP surveyed 790 registered voters on June 14 and 15 on behalf of Americans United for Change. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.5%

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.