Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Aggregating Iraq War Referendum Numbers

Although the wording of the 31 Wisconsin referenda on bringing the troops home from Iraq differed a bit from referendum to referendum (see the exact wording of each here), the general idea for each was the same.

That said, here are the aggregate numbers for the referenda:

YES - 39,921 (60.9%)
NO - 25,639 (39.1%)

Interestingly, this percentage (60.9%) is lower than the percentage of troops currently serving in Iraq (72%) who think all US troops should come home by the end of this year, according to a Zogby International poll taken just two months ago.

This alone thwarts any allegations by the right that the Wisconsin communities who approved their referendum are somehow unpatriotic or unsupportive of the troops.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's 32 communities. AP had it wrong all week last week because they thought Courderay had dropped out, but Courderay was in. They corrected that Tuesday, but many media still used the 31, which is incorrect. It was 32. Two more in November: City of Milwaukee and Ozaukee County.
George Hesselberg

April 05, 2006  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

Thanks for your comment, George.

I purposely didn't count the Town of Newport in my total because its question was not about bringing the troops home explicitly. Rather, it dealt with handing control over to Iraqi forces by the end of the year--which is related to bringing the troops home, but not the same. That's why I have the 31 figure, not 32.

I think the two in November will be interesting. If I had to guess, the City of Milwaukee will vote "yes" while Ozaukee County votes "no." How much they fall in those directions is up in the air.

April 05, 2006  

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