A new opinion poll indicates
that the majority of Americans oppose President George Bush's request
for an additional $87 billion to fund military and reconstruction
efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Six in 10 people surveyed in the Washington Post-ABC News poll
said they do not support the request.
Responding to criticism that the $87 billion amount is too high,
Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that the cost of failure
in Iraq would be far higher. Speaking on NBC television's Meet
the Press, Mr. Cheney said the money was "all that we think
we'll need for the foreseeable future, for this year."
The results of the Washington Post-ABC News poll were published
one week after the president made his request for additional funding
in a nationally-televised speech.
Mr. Bush's overall job approval rating remains stable and relatively
strong according to the poll. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed
said they approve of the job he's doing as president, with 40 percent
saying they disapprove.