By 1967, Americans increasingly found themselves divided into two camps regarding the
war. Those who strongly opposed the war and believed the United States should withdraw were known as Doves. Feeling just as
strongly that America should unleash a greater show of military force to end the war were the Hawks.
Despite the visibility of the antiwar protesters, a majority of American citizens in
1967 still remained committed to the war. in May of that year, a prowar march through the streets of manhattan drew 20000
people. During this time, a poll showed that two thirds of Americans still felt that the war was justified. And while only
10 percent of Americans approved of the administration's present level of commitment in Vietnam, about 50 precent felt that
increased attacks against North Vietnam would help win the war.
Others, while less certain about the U.S. role in vietnam, were shocked to see protesters
publicly criticize a war in which their fellow Americans were fighting and dying. A poll taken in December of 1967 showed
that 70 percent of Americans believed the war protests were acts of disloyalty.
Responding to antiwar posters, Americans who supported the government's vietnam policy
developed their own slogans: "Support our men in Vietnam" and "America-love it or leave it"
Doves favour peaceful solutions to problems as opposed to "hawks", who favour aggressive action.
The hawk, a bird of prey, describes a political stance of preparedness for aggression, by diplomatic and ultimately
military means, against others to improve the standing of their own government, country, or organization.