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Most Blame Bush For Iraq Quagmire

Posted Jul 08, 2014 at 9:16 AM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by Quinnipiac reports that 58% of Americans believe President Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011 was the right thing to do. However, 61% maintained that former President's George W. Bush's decision to invade in 2003 was the wrong thing to do and 51% of voters blame Bush for the current problems in Iraq.

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.

Americans Down On Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Posted Mar 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM by Maurice Berger

Ten years after the start of the Iraq war, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reports that a clear majority of Americans--nearly six in 10--say the war was not worth fighting. An almost equal number believe the same about the war in Afghanistan. One significant reason for this perception, according to the poll:  "A substantial sense that neither war did much to achieve their goals of enhancing U.S. security. Only about half of Americans say either war contributed to the long-term security of the United States, and just two in 10 say either contributed "a great deal" to U.S. security - clearly insufficient, in the minds of most, to justify their costs in lives and lucre."

Economy Top Concern Of Voters

Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:51 AM by Maurice Berger

A survey from Public Policy Polling reports that voters are significantly more concerned about the economy than they are about the war on terrorism: 74% name the economy as a more important issue than the war (10% said the latter). 61% say they care more about gas prices; only 23% in contrast say the war--views shared almost equally across partisan lines.

Most Americans Believe Iraq War Will Be Judged A Failure

Posted Aug 26, 2010 at 2:02 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Gallup survey, "although Americans believe Iraq is better off now than it was before the war began, more believe the mission will ultimately be judged a failure (53%) than a success (42%). Most are doubtful that Iraqi forces will be able to maintain security in Iraq, but a slim majority still favor complete U.S. withdrawal by the end of 2011."

Obama's America (Part 6): The State Of The Nation--Foreign Affairs

Posted Jan 12, 2009 at 6:27 PM by Maurice Berger

Overall, Americans appear to be happier with the state of US foreign policy--and the state of the world itself--than with the present-day economic situation. American perceptions about the Iraq, for example, improved dramatically in 2008. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken this  summer reported that "nearly half of Americans say the U.S. troop surge in Iraq made the situation there better, up from 40% in February and just 22% a year ago. Accordingly, the percentage believing the surge 'is not making much difference' has declined from 51% a year ago, and 38% in February, to just 32%." In late summer, Americans were split down the middle on the issue of whether the United States should set an explicit timetable or target date for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq -- "when it is made clear that withdrawal is a given in either circumstance." Americans view the Arab-Israeli conflict with surprising optimism (despite the recent confligration in Gaza): "52% now believe it is possible for Israel and the Palestinians to live in peace, but just 35% think Obama is likely to help end the conflict during his presidency. Only 12% say Obama is Very Likely to help bring the two sides together, while 23% say it is not at likely." As for Americans view of terrorism: despite warnings of a possible attack during the early months of the new administration, a poll this fall found that "while a new bipartisan report concludes that the United States remains 'dangerously vulnerable' to terrorist attacks, most Americans do not fear being directly affected. Only 38% are very or somewhat worried that they or a family member will become a victim of terrorism. This is down from 47% last July, and from a high of 59% in October 2001, but is still short of a post-9/11 low of 28% in January 2004."

Voters To Obama: Withdraw From Iraq

Posted Dec 17, 2008 at 2:07 AM by Maurice Berger

While voters are generally optimistic about the future of Iraq--and the relative success of the US military involvement in the nation--they are growing increasingly eager to see the US withdraw from the conflagration. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll reports: 56% rate the US military "surge" a success, agreeing that the United States is making "'significant progress' restoring civil order in Iraq, up from 40% in April. (The rest may be reflecting on the ongoing, if less numerous, car-bomb attacks there.) Even more, 65%, are now optimistic about Iraq’s prospects in the year ahead, up 19 points from last year to a new high since 2004. Some of that stems from better ratings of security there; some, instead, from greater optimism among Democrats and Democratic-leaning
independents encouraged by Barack Obama’s election. In any case it’s in the broader analysis, beyond the situation on the ground – the cost in lives and dollars vs. perceived benefits – that nearly two-thirds continue to call the war not worth fighting. And as that view is unchanged, so is its intensity: Fifty percent feel 'strongly' that the Iraq war was not worth it. Fewer than half as many, 21%, strongly feel the opposite – tying the all-time low in strong support for the war. Such views put some heat on Obama; not only do 70% say he should withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, but, among many high expectations for the incoming president, 64% think in fact he will end the U.S. involvement there."