The latest USA Today/Gallup poll asked respondents about when they believed troops should be withdrawn from Iraq given 4 options. 19% agreed they should be withdrawn immediately, 33% agreed they should be drawn by one year from now, 38% they should be withdrawn after as many years as it takens to turn control to the Iraqis, 7% said we should send more troops, and 2% were undecided.
While "take as long as needed" alone had a plurality, a 51% majority of respondents believe that troops should either be withdrawn immediately or by a year from now (I think it's safe to assume the former could agree with the latter in terms of supporting passable legislation), whereas only 45% believe they should "take as long as needed" or indeed, the U.S. should send more troops. 51% is a mandate is it not? That's what George Bush taught me.
I kid, it's obvious people are split about down the middle on the issue of withdrawal, but that's pretty significant given that the media and indeed, the U.S. Congress, treat the idea of withdrawing as something that only far-left nutcases want. It's obvious that many or most Americans agree with withdrawing from Iraq within a year (as I wrote a rather lengthy blog about here a few months ago), yet only a handful of Senators voted to support a bill that would make that policy.
As Jack Murtha has said, the American people are way ahead of the Congress on this.