Iraq recedes as issue in New Hampshire

Dec. 12, 2007 at 4:50 PM

CONCORD, N.H., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire have found that voters are more concerned with domestic economic anxieties than with the Iraq War.

"Iraq is fading as an important issue," Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, told the Chicago Tribune. "It's been declining since the late spring and early summer on both the Republican side and the Democratic side."

The polls have found that in November 41 percent of Democrats listed the war as their most important issue, down from 57 percent in June. Among Republicans, 22 percent put Iraq in first place in November compared to 36 percent in June.

Republican candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., suggested that voters are less concerned about Iraq because the troop surge, which he supported, has cut violence. Democrats say that voters may also be asking fewer questions about Iraq because they know candidates' views and, especially, that all Democratic candidates are committed to a U.S. withdrawal.

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