A new poll finds that a substantial majority of Americans rejects the notion that withdrawal from Iraq is the equivalent of "surrender" — a line frequently pushed by the White House, the GOP, and their allies in the media.
Even better, the poll was done by Fox News, one of those selfsame allies in the media.
The Fox poll asks this question:
One Senator recently claimed that setting a date for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq is more accurately described as a date for surrender — do you think it is accurate to compare withdrawal with surrender?
Yes No Don't Know All 33% 61% 6% Democrats 20% 76% 4% Republicans 50% 45% 5% Independents 34% 60% 6%
So not only do Americans reject the "surrender" idea by almost two to one, barely half of Republicans will even say "withdrawal equals surrender" to a friendly Fox News pollster.