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WASHINGTON (AFP) - More than two thirds of Americans think President George W. Bush is mishandling events in Iraq and almost a third believe civil war in the country is imminent, according to a Harris poll.
More US adults are pessimistic about the situation in Iraq since the bombing of the Askariya shrine and the ensuing sectarian violence, a nationwide survey found.
Sixty-eight percent of those interviewed gave a negative rating of Bush's current handling of events in Iraq, and 30 percent were positive.
The president's ratings slipped from a previous survey in January, in which 61 percent were negative and 36 percent positive.
Asked about the possibility of a civil war in Iraq in the next six months, 30 percent of those polled said that such a war was very or extremely likely, with another 20 percent saying it was likely.
Sixty-one percent doubted that US policy in Iraq would be successful, up from 55 percent in January, while only 20 percent were confident, compared with 26 percent previously.