Indeed views on the war, and on George W. Bush, pose an interesting tightrope for Republican candidates. Despite his unpopularity more broadly, two-thirds of leaned Republicans (65 percent) nonetheless say Bush is leading his party in the right direction. And nearly four in 10 say they're more likely to favor a presidential candidate who supports Bush's policies in Iraq.
On the other hand, independents -- the key swing voters in presidential politics -- are by a 3-1 margin more likely to oppose than support a candidate who backs Bush on Iraq. The trick for Republican candidates, then, is to steer close enough to Bush to please the party -- but not so close as to ill-position themselves for the general election.
This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone May 29-June 1, 2007, among a random national sample of 1,205 adults, including an oversample of African-Americans for a total of 284 black respondents. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.
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