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The Iraq War: 10 Years Later

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later

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CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Tuesday, March 19, 20137:00 EDTThe Iraq War: 10 Years Later 
March 1-3, 2013
This week marks 10 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and most Americans now say theU.S. should have avoided that conflict. Many Americans do not think the U.S. was successful inachieving its objectives there.Looking back, 54% of Americans think the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq, but 38% saytaking military action against that country was the right thing to do.Support for military engagement in Iraq was high after the initial invasion in the spring of 2003(nearly seven in 10 backed it), and it remained high through late that year when SaddamHussein was captured. But in April 2004, in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal andmounting U.S. casualties, support for U.S. involvement in Iraq dipped below 50% for the firsttime.By early 2006, most Americans said the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq; since then, amajority has continued to hold that view. The last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011.
Did the U.S. Do The Right Thing Going To War With Iraq?
YesNoNow38%548/201037%593/200940%553/200834%623/200739%562/200641%544/200547%484/200447%463/200458%3712/200363%313/200369%25Republicans and Democrats assess America’s nearly nine-year involvement in Iraq differently:most Republicans say invading Iraq was the right thing to do, while Democrats (andindependents) disagree.
Did the U.S. Do The Right Thing Going To War With Iraq?
TotalRepsDemsIndsYes38%61%29%32%No54316658Many Americans express skepticism about whether the mission in Iraq was successful. Four inten think the U.S. succeeded in accomplishing its objectives, but more (50%) say it did not.
 
 A majority of Democrats don’t think the U.S. successfully accomplished its goals in Iraq, andwhile most Republicans think invading Iraq was the right thing to do, they are divided onwhether the U.S. ultimately succeeded there.
Did U.S. Succeed in Accomplishing Objectives in Iraq?
TotalRepsDemsIndsYes41%46%36%43%No50455648
 _________________________________________________________________________ This poll was conducted by telephone from March 1-3, 2013 among 861 adults nationwide. Phonenumbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to samplingfor results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the NationalCouncil on Public Polls.

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