For Immediate Release
Trevor FitzGibbon, Alex Howe
New Poll Shows Mainers Want Timetable for Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq
Former Congressman Tom Andrews Urges Sens. Collins & Snowe to Vote for Rapid and Orderly Re-Deployment
WASHINGTON - Former Maine Congressman Tom Andrews, National Director of the antiwar coalition Win Without War,
unveiled a new poll today that shows Mainers support a date certain for withdrawing troops from Iraq by
a margin of 53% to 36%.
The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners from April 9th-11th by 401 "likely" Maine voters. The
poll asked, "Do you think the United States should or should not set a timetable for the orderly
withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq that would have MOST troops out within a year?" Fifty-thee percent
answered "should" and thirty-six percent answered "should not."
On Saturday, April 28th, rallies in Portland and Bangor will launch a statewide open letter campaign from
the people of Maine to Senators Collins and Snowe urging them to represent the wishes of Mainers on the
war in Iraq.
The following weekend Mainers will gather at their local post offices to mail the open letters to Senators
Snowe and Collins.
"Senators Collins and Snowe speak critically about President Bush's failed policy in Iraq while they are
home in Maine, but in Washington they consistently support binding legislation to keep our troops in the
middle of a civil war," said Andrews. "They talk the talk but won't walk the walk. Their votes are a
direct contradiction of the wishes of the people in Maine. This campaign gives Mainers a chance to have
"The Senate will play a decisive role in determining the fate of our young men and women in harms way.
Make no mistake, the responsibility lands directly on the shoulders of Senators Collins and Snowe."
Win Without War is a coalition of national organizations representing broad constituencies that aim to keep America safe. The coalition advocates that international cooperation and enforceable international law provide the greatest security for the United States and the world. WWW offers a mainstream, patriotic voice for engaging opinion makers, activating concerned citizens, and communicating effectively to the media.