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Poll: Majority wants Iraq pullout date set

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A majority of Americans -- 53 percent -- favors setting a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, with 47 percent saying the deadline should be in a year or less, according to a CNN poll released Friday.

Among those who favor setting a deadline of a year or less, opinions also are divergent.

The survey found 13 percent of Americans want withdrawal within a few weeks; 15 percent want it in six months; and 19 percent want it in a year.

The poll also showed Americans' approval of the way President Bush is handling the Iraq war was up 5 points from May's poll to 39 percent. His disapproval rating fell 8 points, to 54 percent.

Approval of the way he is handling terrorism is up 2 points from May's poll to 49 percent, while disapproval is down 3 points to 42 percent.

The poll, conducted for CNN by Opinion Research Corp. interviewed 1,017 adults from Wednesday through Thursday.

That was a week after the announcement of the airstrike death of terrorist network leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq.

The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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