Presidential Race Maps Writing on the Wall

Majority Of Americans See Iraq War As Mistake

Posted Mar 21, 2013 at 7:50 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Gallup reports that a majority of Americans--53%--believe the United States "made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq" while 42% say it was not a mistake.

Majority of Americans Favor Talking To Iran

Posted Feb 18, 2009 at 1:27 AM by Maurice Berger

A majority of Americans now support direct diplomacy with Iran, a policy that would represent a dramatic reversal from the Bush Administration. According to a new Gallup Poll, Americans appear to support the Obama administration's push for "face-to-face" dialogue with Iran: 56% say the United States should engage in direct diplomacy with Iran, while 38% say it should not. Gallup observes: Certain subgroups of the U.S. population are more ready than others to support forging ahead with direct diplomacy with Iran. At 74%, those with post-graduate educations are the most likely to favor this approach. Moderates, Democrats, liberals, college graduates, and middle-aged Americans also express solid support at or just below two-thirds. Interestingly, younger Americans are the most resistant to direct diplomacy with Iran, with 38% in favor and 56% opposed. Keeping them company among the most cautious constituencies are conservatives, Republicans, and the less educated, though it is worth noting that levels of support among these groups still hover at or near 50%."