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       Iraq ... and ISIS                                         Poll updates via Twitter

 
 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 25-28, 2014. N=1,055 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria. The group is also sometimes referred to as ISIL. As you may know, the U.S. has conducted air strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and in Syria, but there are no U.S. combat troops fighting ISIS forces in either country.

"Based on what you have read or heard, do you favor or oppose the military air strikes conducted by the United States and its Western European and Arab allies against the ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/25-28/14

73 24 3    

 

"Now suppose that the U.S. were conducting those air strikes alone, with no other countries participating or supporting the U.S. In that circumstance, would you favor or oppose U.S. military air strikes against the ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/25-28/14

50 49 1    

 

"In general, how concerned are you about the current situation regarding ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not
concerned
at all
 
% % % %  

9/25-28/14

51 34 9 7  

9/5-7/14

53 34 9 4  

 

"How serious a threat do you think ISIS poses to the United States: very serious, fairly serious, just somewhat serious, or not so serious?"

 

Very
serious
Fairly
serious
Just
somewhat
serious
Not so
serious
Unsure
% % % % %

9/25-28/14

45 23 23 8 1

9/5-7/14

45 22 23 10 -

 

"Which of the following statements better describes your opinion of the current U.S. military action against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria? The U.S. is at war with ISIS. The U.S. is involved in a military conflict with ISIS, but it is not at war." Options rotated

 

Is at war Is not
at war
Unsure

 

% % %    

9/25-28/14

40 59 1    

 

"Regarding the situation in Iraq and Syria, how confident are you that the U.S. effort to degrade and destroy the military ability of ISIS forces will succeed? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?"

 

Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

9/25-28/14

19 42 26 12 1

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States providing weapons and military training to some rebels in Syria who are fighting ISIS forces in Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/25-28/14

42 54 4    

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States sending ground troops into combat operations against ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/25-28/14

38 60 2    

 

"How likely do you think it is that the U.S. will eventually send ground troops into combat operations against ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not likely at all?"

 

Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not likely
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

9/25-28/14

36 39 17 7 1

 

"Do you think the military action against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria has made terrorist attacks in the United States more likely, less likely, or don't you think that military action has made any difference?"

 

More
likely
Less
likely
No
difference
Unsure
% % % %  

9/25-28/14

45 12 42 1  

 

"How worried are you that the military action against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria will develop into a larger war that could spread throughout the region and other parts of the world? Would you say you are very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

 

Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not worried
at all
% % % %  

9/25-28/14

19 46 24 10  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Poll. Sept. 19-25, 2014. N=1,283 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.2.

 

"If it were determined by the military commanders that the best way to defeat the ISIS army was to use American military troops on the ground, would you be in favor of this decision or would you be in opposition to this decision, or do you really not have an opinion one way or the other?"

 

In favor Opposed No opinion
either way
Unsure
% % % %  

9/19-25/14

45 37 16 2  

 

"When President Obama says: 'America has no intention of using American military troops in ground action to fight against the ISIS army' -- do you feel that America will end up using American military ground forces, or do you feel that America will not end up using American military ground forces?"

 

Will use
ground forces
Will not use
ground forces
Unsure

 

% % %    

9/19-25/14

72 20 8    

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 20-21, 2014. N=1,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

"Next we have a question about the military action the United States is taking in Iraq and Syria against Islamic militants, commonly known as ISIS. Do you approve or disapprove of this U.S. military action?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure

 

% % %    

9/20-21/14

60 31 9    

 

"Would you favor or oppose the United States sending ground troops to Iraq and Syria in order to assist groups in those countries that are fighting the Islamic militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/20-21/14

40 54 6    

 

"Do you believe the Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria pose a critical threat, an important but not critical threat, or not much of a threat to the vital interests of the United States?"

 

Critical Important,
not critical
Not much
of a threat
No threat
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

9/20-21/14

50 31 12 1 6

 

"How closely have you followed the news about the actions of the Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 

Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
% % % % %

9/20-21/14

34 41 19 6 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 12-15, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you think the U.S. should have removed all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011, or should the U.S. have left some troops there?"

 

Should have
removed all
Should have
left some
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

46 47 6    

6/20-22/14

50 42 7    

 

"A militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS or ISIL, has taken control of some areas in Iraq and Syria and has killed two American journalists. How much have you heard or read about ISIS and their actions: a lot, some or not much?"

 

A lot Some Not much Nothing at
all (vol.)
 
% % % %  

9/12-15/14

48 33 18 2  

 

"Do you think the militant group ISIS is a threat to the security of the United States, or not?" If yes: "Do you think it is a major threat or a minor threat?"

 

Yes: A
major threat
Yes: A
minor threat
Not a
threat
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

9/12-15/14

58 21 16 4  

 

"Do you think Barack Obama has a clear plan for dealing with ISIS militants, or not?"

 

Yes No Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

35 55 10    

 

"Do you think Barack Obama is being too tough, not tough enough or about right in dealing with ISIS militants?"

 

Too
tough
Not tough
enough
About
right
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

9/12-15/14

2 57 31 10  

 

"Do you favor or oppose U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in IRAQ?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

71 21 8    

 

"Do you favor or oppose U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in SYRIA?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

69 21 9    

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. training and providing military equipment to rebels in Syria so that they can fight ISIS militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

48 40 11    

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. sending additional military advisors to Iraq to help the Iraqi army fight ISIS militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

66 29 6    

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq or Syria to fight ISIS militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

39 55 6    

 

"How concerned are you that U.S. intervention in Iraq and Syria will lead to a long and costly involvement there: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

9/12-15/14

40 43 12 4 2

 

Pew Research Center. Sept. 11-14, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

 

"As you may know, Barack Obama has announced a plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, involving U.S. airstrikes and U.S. military training for opposition groups. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of this plan?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

ALL

53 29 19

 

Republicans

64 27 9

 

Independents

47 33 20

 

Democrats

60 24 16

 

 

"What concerns you more about the U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria? That the U.S. will go too far in getting involved in the situation. That the U.S. will not go far enough in stopping the Islamic militants." Options rotated

 

Will go
too far
Will not go
far enough
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %

9/11-14/14

41 41 3 6 9

 

"Do you think the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria will increase the chances of terrorist attacks in the U.S., decrease the chances of terrorist attacks in the U.S., or not make much difference?"

 

Increase
chances
Decrease
chances
Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % % %

 

9/11-14/14

34 18 41 7

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 5-7, 2014. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria. The group is also sometimes referred to as ISIL. As you may know, the U.S. has conducted air strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq, but not in Syria. ...

"Do you think Barack Obama does or does not have a clear plan for dealing with ISIS?"

 

Does Does not Unsure

 

% % %    

9/5-7/14

30 67 3    

 

"If the United States decides to take any additional military action against ISIS, do you think it should do so only if other countries support and participate in that action, or do you think the U.S. should take additional military action against ISIS by itself if other countries are unwilling to participate?"

 

Only if other
countries
participate
By itself if
other countries
are unwilling
Unsure    
% % %    

9/5-7/14

60 38 2    

 

"Here are some actions which the United States and its allies might take in response to the current situation regarding ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each of the following. ..."

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

 

"Additional military air strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq"

9/5-7/14

76 23 1    

 

"Military air strikes against ISIS forces in Syria"

9/5-7/14

75 24 1    

 

"Sending U.S. ground troops to Iraq and Syria"

9/5-7/14

38 61 2    

 

"Providing humanitarian aid to people in Iraq and Syria"

9/5-7/14

83 16 2    

 

"Sending weapons and military aid to the forces fighting against ISIS"

9/5-7/14

62 37 2    

 

"Do you think President Obama should ask Congress for the authority to use additional military force against ISIS, or do you think he should have the option of using additional military force against ISIS without authorization from Congress?"

 

Should ask
for the
authority
Should have
option of force
without
authorization
Unsure    
% % %    

9/5-7/14

72 26 2    

 

"If President Obama asks Congress for the authority to use additional military force against ISIS, do you think Congress should or should not vote to give him the authority to do so?"

 

Should Should not Unsure

 

% % %    

ALL

82 15 3    

Democrats

84 14 2    

Independents

78 18 4    

Republicans

89 10 1    

 

"Would you be more likely to vote for your representative in Congress if that person voted in favor of using U.S. military force against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, or if that person voted against using military force in those countries, or would it not make a difference to your vote either way?"

 

If voted
in favor
If voted
against
No
difference
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/5-7/14

35 9 55 1  

 

"As you may know, ISIS militants recently beheaded two U.S. citizens who had been held captive and released videos showing the beheadings. What was your personal reaction to those events? Did they make you feel angry, upset but not angry, concerned but not upset, or are you not concerned about those events?"

 

Angry Upset,
not angry
Concerned,
not upset
Not
concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

9/5-7/14

55 21 18 5 1

 

"Just your best guess: Do you think there are terrorists associated with ISIS who are currently in the United States and have the resources to launch a major terrorist attack against the U.S. at any time, or not?"

 

There are There
are not
Unsure    
% % %    

9/5-7/14

71 27 2    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"As you may know, a group of Sunni insurgents called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, has taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria. How much, if at all, do you see ISIS as a threat to the vital interests of the United States? Would you say it's a very serious threat, somewhat serious, not so serious or not serious at all?"

 

Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not so
serious
Not serious
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

9/4-7/14

59 31 5 2 2

 

"Overall, do you support or oppose U.S. air strikes against the Sunni insurgents in Iraq?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

9/4-7/14

71 23 7    

8/13-17/14

54 39 8    

6/18-22/14

45 46 8    

 

"Overall, do you support or oppose expanding U.S. air strikes against the Sunni insurgents into Syria?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

9/4-7/14

65 28 7    

 

"Do you support or oppose the United States providing arms and ammunition to the Kurdish military forces, who are opposing the Sunni insurgents in Iraq?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

9/4-7/14

58 32 10    

8/13-17/14

45 49 6    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Sept. 3-7, 2014. N=1,000 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

 

"Now, as you may know, a terrorist group called ISIS is operating in Syria and Iraq. ISIS militants have made significant territorial gains in these countries and have declared an independent Islamic state.

"Is taking military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria in our national interest or not? If you do not know enough about this to have an opinion, please just say so and we will move on."

 

Is in our
national
interest
Is not in our
national
interest
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/3-7/14

61 13 24 2  

 

"Now, more specifically, should U.S. military action against ISIS be limited to only air strikes, should it include both air strikes and American combat troops on the ground, or should U.S. military action not be taken at all?" Half sample (Form B)

 

Only
air strikes
Air strikes &
ground troops
No military
action at all
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/3-7/14

40 34 15 11  

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Aug. 14-17, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

 

"Do you think the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq, or doesn't the U.S. have this responsibility?"

 

Has a
responsibility
Doesn't
have this
responsibility
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

8/14-17/14

44 41 15

 

7/8-14/14

39 55 6

 

 

"Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. airstrikes against militants in Iraq in response to violence against civilians?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

ALL

54 31 15

 

Republicans

71 14 15

 

Democrats

54 35 11

 

Independents

50 37 13

 

 

"What concerns you more about the U.S. military action in Iraq? That the U.S. will go too far in getting involved in the situation. That the U.S. will not go far enough in stopping the Islamic militants." Options rotated

 

Will go
too far
Will not go
far enough
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %

ALL

51 32 2 5 9

Republicans

34 57

 

 

Democrats

62 25

 

 

Independents

56 28

 

 


 

Pew Research Center. July 8-14, 2014. N=1,805 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.7.

 

"Turning to the situation in Iraq -- How much, if anything, have you read or heard about the current violence in Iraq and the takeover of large parts of the country by a radical militant group: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 

A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
% % % %

7/8-14/14

45 40 14 1

 

"Do you think the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq, or doesn't the U.S. have this responsibility?"

 

Has a
responsibility
Doesn't
have this
responsibility
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

ALL

39 55 6

 

Republicans

48 45 7

 

Democrats

35 61 4

 

Independents

39 56 5

 

 

"Please tell me how much, if at all, each of the following has contributed to the current violence and instability in Iraq. First, [see below]. Has this contributed a lot, some, not much or not at all to the current violence and instability? How about [see below]?"

 

A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
Refused
% % %

 

 

"The U.S.-led war in Iraq"

7/8-14/14

32 33 15 12 7

 

"The withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq"

7/8-14/14

39 32 13 11 6

 

"Religious and ethnic rivalries in Iraq"

7/8-14/14

55 20 9 8 7

 

Quinnipiac University. June 24-30, 2014. N=1,446 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

 

"Do you think going to war with Iraq in 2003 was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?"
2011 & earlier: "Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?"

 

Right
thing
Wrong
thing
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

32 61 7    

10/25-31/11

36 60 4    

2/25 - 3/2/09

36 60 5    

11/6-10/08

36 58 6    

5/8-12/08

33 62 5    

10/23-29/07

38 55 6    

8/7-13/07

35 59 6    

6/5-11/07

37 57 7    

4/25 - 5/1/07

39 55 6    

 

"Do you think President Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011 was the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do?"
2011: "Do you think President Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year was the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do?"

 

Right
thing
Wrong
thing
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

58 37 5    

10/25-31/11

74 21 5    

 

"Do you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops back into Iraq to help the Iraqi government defeat Islamic militants?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

29 63 8    

 

"Do you think the U.S. should launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq using piloted aircraft, or launch airstrikes that do not put U.S. lives at risk such as drones or cruise missiles, or a combination of both piloted aircraft and drones or cruise missiles, or should the U.S. not launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq?"

 

Piloted
aircraft
Drones,
missiles
Combination No
airstrikes
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/24-30/14

2 20 30 39 9

 

"Who do you blame more for the situation in Iraq: President Obama or former President George W. Bush?"

 

Obama Bush Neither
(vol.)
Both
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/24-30/14

27 51 11 5 5

 

"Do you think it is in the national interest of the United States to be involved in the conflict in Iraq, or not?"

 

In the
national
interest
Not in the
national
interest
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

39 56 6    

 

"Do you think the U.S. should or should not work with Iran to help the Iraqi government defeat Islamic militants?"

 

Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

39 51 9    

 

"If Islamic militants take over Iraq, how likely do you think it is that they would launch a terrorist attack against the U.S. in the near future: very likely, somewhat likely, not so likely, or not likely at all?"

 

Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not so
likely
Not likely
at all
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/24-30/14

37 35 16 8 5

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 20-22, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you think the result of the war with Iraq was worth the loss of American lives and other costs of attacking Iraq, or not?"

 

Worth it Not worth it Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

18 75 7    

Republicans

27 63 10    

Democrats

14 79 7    

Independent

16 79 5    

 

11/6-10/11

24 67 9    

9/10-14/10

23 71 6    

8/20-24/10

20 72 8    

9/19-23/09

24 67 9    

3/15-18/08

28 66 7    

3/9-12/06

25 70 5    

2/22-26/06

29 63 8    

10/30 - 11/1/05

31 64 5    

9/28 - 10/1/03

41 53 6    

9/15-16/03

43 47 10    

8/26-28/03

46 46 8    

8/11-12/03

46 45 9    

 

"Do you think the U.S. should have removed all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011, or should the U.S. have left some troops there?"

 

Should have
removed all
Should have
left some
Wasn't U.S.'s
decision
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

ALL

50 42 - 7  

Republicans

29 65 - 6  

Democrats

62 31 1 6  

Independent

54 38 - 9  

 

"Do you think the U.S. has a responsibility to make sure Iraq has a stable democracy in place, or don't you think the U.S. has that responsibility?"

 

Does
have
Doesn't
have
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

37 57 6    

 

"A militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS or ISIL, has recently taken control of some areas of Iraq. How much have you heard or read about this recent violence in Iraq: a lot, some, or not much?"

 

A lot Some Not much Nothing
(vol.)
 
% % % %  

6/20-22/14

36 31 29 3  

 

"Do you think the United States has a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq in which militants have taken control of some areas of the country, or doesn't the United States have this responsibility?"

 

Does
have
Doesn't
have
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

ALL

42 50 7    

Republicans

52 42 6    

Democrats

43 51 6    

Independent

37 55 8    

 

"Do you think Barack Obama should be doing more to address the violence in Iraq, should be doing less to address the violence in Iraq, or is he doing the right amount?"

 

More Less Right
amount
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

ALL

29 22 41 8  

Republicans

53 21 19 7  

Democrats

13 19 63 5  

Independent

29 25 37 10  

 

"Do you think Barack Obama has clearly explained what the United States' goals are in Iraq, or hasn't he done that yet?"

 

Has clearly
explained
Hasn't done
that yet
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

23 67 10    

 

"As you may know, in response to recent violence, the United States is sending about 300 military advisers into Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi military and help with the collection of intelligence. Do you favor or oppose sending U.S. military advisers into Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

ALL

51 42 7    

Republicans

54 41 5    

Democrats

54 40 6    

Independent

48 44 9    

 

"In response to the recent violence in Iraq, do you favor or oppose the United States using UNMANNED aircraft or 'drones' to carry out targeted attacks against militants in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

56 38 6    

 

"In response to the recent violence in Iraq, do you favor or oppose the United States using MANNED aircraft to carry out targeted attacks against militants in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

43 51 6    

 

"In response to the recent violence in Iraq, do you favor or oppose the United States sending ground troops into Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

19 77 4    

 

"How concerned are you that U.S. intervention in Iraq would lead to a long and costly involvement there: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

54 31 9 4 1

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States working with Iran in a limited capacity in order to try and resolve the situation in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

ALL

53 39 8    

Republicans

50 47 3    

Democrats

62 31 7    

Independent

48 41 11    

 

"How important to the interests of the United States is what happens in Iraq: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

 

Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

34 46 11 7 2

 

"Do you think the situation in Iraq is something the United States can do something about, or is it something beyond the control of the United States?"

 

Can do
something
Beyond
U.S. control
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

38 57 4    

 

"How concerned are you that the violence in Iraq would lead to a more widespread war in neighboring countries and other parts of the Middle East: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

42 37 14 6 1

 

"As a result of the recent violence in Iraq, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States will increase, decrease, or stay about the same?"

 

Increase Decrease Stay about
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

ALL

44 3 50 2  

Republicans

60 3 36 -  

Democrats

36 3 57 4  

Independent

42 3 53 2  

 

"The U.S. plans to send military advisers to Iraq. Do you think that will increase the violence in Iraq, decrease the violence, or will it not have much of an effect?"

 

Increase Decrease Not much
effect
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

6/20-22/14

28 23 43 6  

 

"Do you think the situation in Iraq will make gas prices in the United States go up, go down, or will it have no impact on gas prices in the U.S.?"

 

Go up Go down No impact Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

83 1 12 1 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 18-22, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"Overall, do you support or oppose sending U.S. ground forces to combat the Sunni insurgents in Iraq?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

6/18-22/14

30 65 6    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Survey. June 16-22, 2014. N=1,383 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.3.

 

"When it comes to Iraq, do you think the war was worth it or not worth it?"

 

Worth it Not worth it Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

6/16-22/14

22 71 2 5  

 

"Do you feel that the United States has a responsibility to assist the government against the insurgent groups that are attempting to overthrow the government in Iraq, or the United States does not have a responsibility?"

 

Has a
responsibility
Does not
have a
responsibility
Unsure    
% % %    

6/16-22/14

43 50 7    

 

Gallup Poll. June 20-21, 2014. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

"Turning to Iraq, do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's 2011 decision to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure

 

% % %    

6/20-21/14

61 34 4    

 

"Looking back, do you think the United States made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq in 2003?"

 

Yes No Unsure

 

% % %    

6/20-21/14

57 39 3    

2/6-9/14

57 40 2    

3/7-10/13

53 42 5    

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States taking direct military action in Iraq to assist the Iraqi government in fighting militants there?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

6/20-21/14

39 54 7    

 

"At this time, how worried are you about the situation in Iraq: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

 

Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not worried
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

6/20-21/14

23 44 21 11 2

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-9, 2014. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

"Next, I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. ... What is your overall opinion of Iraq? Is it very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

 

Favorable Unfavorable No opinion

 

% % %    

2/6-9/14

16 80 4    

2/7-10/13

19 76 4    

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Jan. 15-19, 2014. N=765 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.1.

 

"Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or the wrong decision in using military force in Iraq?"
1/09 & earlier: "Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or the wrong decision in using military force against Iraq?"

 

Right
decision
Wrong
decision
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

1/15-19/14

38 50 12

 

10/30 - 11/6/13

49 45 6

 

3/14-17/13

41 44 14

 

11/9-14/11

48 46 6

 

8/25 - 9/6/10

41 51 7

 

1/7-11/09

43 49 8

 

10/29 - 11/1/08

39 50 11

 

6/18-29/08

39 55 6

 

4/23-27/08

37 57 6    

2/20-24/08

38 54 8    

12/19-30/07

36 56 8    

10/17-23/07

39 54 7

 

9/12-16/07

42 50 8    

7/25-29/07

41 53 6    

4/10-16/03

74 19 7    

 

"Overall, do you think the United States has mostly succeeded or mostly failed in achieving its goals in Iraq?"

 

Mostly
succeeded
Mostly
failed
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

1/15-19/14

37 52 11

 

3/14-17/13

46 43 11

 

11/9-14/11

56 33 10

 


 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 4-8, 2013. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you think removing Saddam Hussein from power was worth the loss of American life and other costs of attacking Iraq, or not?"

 

Worth it Not
worth it
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

12/4-8/13

36 49 14    

Republicans

56 32 12    

Democrats

31 57 12    

Independent

31 52 16    

 

11/6-10/11

41 50 9    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 6-8, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"In view of the developments since we first sent our troops to Iraq, do you think the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq, or not?"

 

Yes No Unsure

 

% % %

9/6-8/13

62 37 2

3/15-17/13

56 43 1

12/16-18/11

53 46 2

6/14-15/06

54 42 4

6/8-11/06

55 40 6

4/21-23/06

55 39 5

 

Gallup Poll. June 1-4, 2013. N=1,529 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"For each of the following countries, please say whether you consider it an ally of the United States, friendly but not an ally, unfriendly, or an enemy of the United States. How about Iraq?"

 

An ally Friendly but
not an ally
Unfriendly An enemy Unsure
% % % % %

6/1-4/13

4 17 40 35 4

4/20-22/01

4 6 30 56 4

5/18-21/00

2 8 39 47 4

 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 15-17, 2013. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Would you say that the initial decision to send U.S. troops to Iraq in 2003 was a smart thing to do or a dumb thing to do?" N=513 (Version B), margin of error 4.5

 

Smart Dumb Mixed (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

3/15-17/13

38 59 2 1

12/16-18/11

45 51 2 2

 

"How would you describe the outcome for the United States in Iraq -- as a victory, as a stalemate, or as a defeat?"

 

A victory A stalemate A defeat Something
else (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

3/15-17/13

26 55 18 1 1

12/16-18/11

31 54 11 2 2

 

"Do you think the United States' action in Iraq has been morally justified, or not?"
2008 & earlier: "Do you think the United States' action in Iraq is morally justified, or not?"

 

Morally
justified
Not morally
justified
Unsure

 

% % %

 

3/15-17/13

48 51 1

12/16-18/11

48 50 2

 

3/14-16/08

45 52 3

 

6/22-24/07

42 54 4

 

6/8-11/06

45 47 8

 

 

"Do you think the Bush administration deliberately misled the American public about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, or not?"

 

Deliberately
misled
Did not
deliberately
mislead
Unsure

 

% % %

 

3/15-17/13

54 44 2

Democrats

76 23 1

Independents

54 42 3

Republicans

23 75 1

 

12/16-18/11

57 41 2

 

3/9-11/07

54 40 7

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 7-10, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Iraq was worth fighting, or not?" 7/09 & earlier: "... the war with Iraq ..."

 

Worth
fighting
Not worth
fighting
Unsure    
% % %    

3/7-10/13

38 58 4    

10/31 - 11/3/11

33 62 5    

8/30 - 9/2/10

34 62 4    

7/7-11/10

42 55 3    

7/15-18/09

34 62 4    

2/19-22/09

38 60 2    

1/13-16/09

39 61 1    

12/11-14/08

34 64 2    

9/5-7/08

36 61 3    

8/19-22/08

35 63 2    

7/10-13/08

36 63 1    

 

"Do you think the war in Iraq has or has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States?" 12/07 & earlier: "... the war with Iraq ..."

 

Has
contributed
Has not
contributed
Unsure    
% % %    

3/7-10/13

46 48 6    

7/7-11/10

50 46 4    

12/6-9/07

46 50 4    

9/4-7/07

44 52 4    

5/29 - 6/1/07

44 53 3    

 

CBS News Poll. March 1-3, 2013. N=861 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Looking back, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or should the U.S. have stayed out?"

 

Did the
right thing
Should have
stayed out
Unsure    
% % %    

3/1-3/13

38 54 8    

Republicans

61 31 8    

Democrats

29 66 5    

Independent

32 58 10    

 

8/20-24/10

37 59 4    

3/12-16/09

40 55 5    

10/25-29/08

39 54 7    

9/21-24/08

39 55 6    

9/12-16/08

42 54 4    

7/7-14/08

36 59 5    

4/25-29/08

37 57 6    

3/28 - 4/2/08

34 62 4    

 

"Regardless of whether you think taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, would you say the United States succeeded in accomplishing its objectives in Iraq, or did it not succeed?"
8/10: "Regardless of whether you think taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do, would you say the United States has succeeded in accomplishing its objectives in Iraq, or has it not succeeded?"

 

Succeeded Did not
succeed
Unsure    
% % %    

3/1-3/13

41 50 9    

8/20-24/10

41 51 8    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 12-15, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. RV = registered voters

 

"Now, thinking about Iraq: When it comes to Iraq, do you think the war was worth it or not worth it?" Half sample (Form A), margin of error 4.4

 

Worth it

Not
worth it

Depends
(vol.)

Unsure

 

%

%

%

%

 

1/12-15/13

35

59

1

5

 

 

"Do you think the war in Iraq has been very successful, somewhat successful, somewhat unsuccessful, or very unsuccessful?" Half sample (Form B), margin of error 4.4

 

Very
successful

Somewhat
successful

Somewhat
unsuccessful

Very
unsuccessful

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/12-15/13

7

48

25

18

2

8/26-30/10

6

47

22

21

4

8/5-9/10

6

44

21

27

2

12/11-14/09

7

50

18

22

3

2/26 - 3/1/09

11

42

17

27

3

7/18-21/08 RV

7

36

19

34

4


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Dec. 16-18, 2011. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %

 

12/16-18/11

31 66 2

 

11/18-20/11

29 68 3

 

1/21-23/11

33 66 1

 

9/1-2/10

34 65 2

 

8/6-10/10

31 69 1

 

5/21-23/10

36 62 1

 

1/22-24/10

39 60 1

 

11/13-15/09

36 62 2

 

6/26-28/09

34 64 2

 

5/14-17/09

34 65 1    

4/3-5/09

35 63 1    

2/18-19/09

31 67 2    

12/1-2/08

36 63 1    

10/30 - 11/1/08

33 64 3    

10/17-19/08

32 66 1    

10/3-5/08

34 65 -    

9/5-7/08

37 61 2    

8/29-31/08

35 64 1    

8/23-24/08

33 66 1    

7/27-29/08

33 66 1    

6/26-29/08

30 68 2    

6/4-5/08

30 68 1    

4/28-30/08

30 68 3    

3/14-16/08

32 66 2    

2/1-3/08

34 64 2    

1/14-17/08

34 63 3    

1/9-10/08

33 65 3    

12/6-9/07

31 68 1    

11/2-4/07

31 68 1    

10/12-14/07

34 65 2    

9/7-9/07

34 63 4    

8/6-8/07

33 64 3    

6/22-24/07

30 67 3    

5/4-6/07

34 65 1    

4/10-12/07

32 66 2    

3/9-11/07

32 63 4    

1/11/07

31 67 2    

12/15-17/06

31 67 2    

11/17-19/06

33 63 4    

11/3-5/06

33 61 6    

10/27-29/06

38 59 3    

10/20-22/06

34 64 3    

10/13-15/06

34 64 2    

10/6-8/06

32 62 7    

9/29 - 10/2/06

38 61 1    

9/23-24/06

40 59 1    

8/30 - 9/2/06

39 58 2    

8/18-20/06

35 61 3    

8/2-3/06

36 60 3    

6/14-15/06

38 54 8    

 

"Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of this year?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

12/16-18/11

78 21 1

 

"Do you think the United States has achieved most of its goals in Iraq, some of its goals, only a few of its goals, or none of its goals in Iraq?"

 

Most Some Only a few None Unsure
% % % % %

12/16-18/11

22 38 30 9 2

 

"Do you think the U.S. could achieve more in Iraq if U.S. troops remained in that country for a few more years, or do you think the U.S. would not achieve any more in Iraq no matter how long U.S. troops remained in that country?"

 

Could
achieve
more
Would not
achieve
more

 

 

% %

 

 

12/16-18/11

21 78

 

 

 

"Do you think that U.S. involvement in the war against Iraq has had a positive effect on life in the United States generally, a negative effect on life in the United States, or hasn't it had much effect on life in the United States generally?"

 

Positive
effect
Negative
effect
Not much
effect
Unsure
% % % %

12/16-18/11

16 52 31 1

3/14-16/08

15 63 21 1

 

"Do you think that U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq has had a positive effect on life in Iraq generally, a negative effect on life in Iraq, or hasn't it had much effect on life in Iraq generally?"

 

Positive
effect
Negative
effect
Not much
effect
Unsure
% % % %

12/16-18/11

48 28 21 4

 

"Would you say you are proud of the U.S. troops who were stationed in Iraq, or not?"

 

Yes No Mixed (vol.)

 

% % %

 

12/16-18/11

96 3 1

 

 

"Just your best guess: Do you think the amount of money the U.S. has spent on the war in Iraq is one reason for the economic problems the country is facing today, or is the amount of money spent on the Iraq war not related to economic conditions in the country today?"

 

One reason Not related Unsure

 

% % %

 

12/16-18/11

71 28 1

 

3/14-16/08

71 28 1

 

 

"Just your best guess: Do you think each of the following is likely or unlikely to happen in Iraq in the next few years? . . ."

 

Likely Unlikely Unsure

 

% % %

 

 

"Iraq will continue to have a democratic government that will not be overthrown by terrorists"

12/16-18/11

43 54 3

 

 

"Iraqi military and police will be able to ensure safety and security in Iraq without assistance from the United States"

12/16-18/11

37 60 3

 

 

"Iraq will be able to prevent terrorists from using the country as a base of operations for planning attacks against the United States"

12/16-18/11

34 63 2

 

 

"Do you think that Barack Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq was based mostly on politics or mostly on the national security interests of the United States?"

 

Politics National
security
Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

12/16-18/11

62 34 3 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 7-11, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide.

 

"Now, thinking about Iraq, looking ahead to a time after U.S. troops have left Iraq, how likely do you believe each of the following things is to happen: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely? . . ."

 

Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Somewhat
unlikely
Very
unlikely
Unsure
% % % % %

 

"There will be all-out civil war" Half sample (Form A)

12/7-11/11

21 39 24 11 5

 

"There will be more attempted terrorist attacks against the United States on our own soil as a result of our troops having left Iraq" Half sample (Form B)

12/7-11/11

12 33 30 22 3

 

"The Iraqi government will achieve a stable democracy" Half sample (Form A)

12/7-11/11

4 34 32 28 2

 

"Iraq will become more settled and less violent" Half sample (Form B)

12/7-11/11

7 28 30 32 3

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 18-20, 2011. N=1,019 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Iraq?" If oppose: "Which comes closer to your view? You oppose the U.S. war in Iraq because you think the initial decision in 2003 to go to war in Iraq was a mistake. OR, You oppose the U.S. war in Iraq because you think the war has been mismanaged." Combined responses.

 

Favor Oppose:
A mistake
Oppose:
Mismanaged
Unsure
% % % %

11/18-20/11

29 38 29 4

6/22-24/07

30 41 26 3

 

"If you had to choose, would you rather see Barack Obama keep some combat troops in Iraq, or would you rather see Obama remove all U.S. combat troops in Iraq by the end of the year?"

 

Keep some Remove all Unsure

 

% % %

 

11/18-20/11

37 61 2

 

 

"Do you think the U.S. has or has not achieved its goals in Iraq?"

 

Has Has not Unsure

 

% % %

 

11/18-20/11

50 47 2

 

8/6-10/10

29 69 2

 

 

"Do you think the U.S. has or has not achieved its goals in Iraq?" If has not or unsure: "Do you think the U.S. would achieve its goals in Iraq if U.S. troops remain in that country for a few more years, or do you think the U.S. would not achieve its goals in Iraq no matter how long U.S. troops remained in that country?" Combined responses.

 

Has Would if
remain
longer
Would not
no matter
how long
Unsure
% % % %

11/18-20/11

50 8 40 1

8/6-10/10

29 11 59 -

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 6-10, 2011. N=1,182 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you approve or disapprove of removing nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

11/6-10/11

77 17 6    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Nov. 2-5, 2011. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

 

"Now, thinking about Iraq, do you think President Obama's decision to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the end of December is the right decision or the wrong decision?"

 

Right
decision
Wrong
decision
Too early
to say (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

11/2-5/11

71 24 1 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2011. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"As you may know, Obama has said he will withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of this year. Is this something you support strongly, support somewhat, oppose somewhat or oppose strongly?"

 

Support
strongly
Support
somewhat
Oppose
somewhat
Oppose
strongly
Unsure
% % % % %

10/31 - 11/3/11

58 19 12 9 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Sept. 1-2, 2010. N=1,024 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"All in all, do you think the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over, or not?"

 

Worth it Not worth it Unsure

 

% % %

 

9/1-2/10

37 62 1    

3/14-16/08

36 62 2    

3/9-11/07

35 61 4    

11/3-5/06

37 60 3    

 

"As you know, all U.S. combat troops have been removed from Iraq but 50,000 troops will remain in a non-combat role until next year. Which of the following statements comes closest to your view? This was the right time for the U.S. to remove its combat troops. The U.S. should have removed combat troops before now. The U.S. should remove combat troops at a future date, but keep them in Iraq now. The U.S. should keep combat troops in Iraq permanently."

 

Was the
right time
Should have
removed
before now
Remove at a
future date
Should keep
permanently
Unsure
% % % % %

9/1-2/10

28 40 25 6 1

 

"Based on what you have heard or read about the events in Iraq over the past few weeks, do you think that for all intents and purposes, the war in Iraq is over, or not?"

 

Over Not over Unsure

 

% % %

 

9/1-2/10

20 80 1

 

 

"Based on what you have heard or read about the events in Iraq over the past few weeks, do you think that for all intents and purposes, the war in Iraq is over, or not?" If over: "Would you describe the war in Iraq as a victory for the U.S., a defeat for the U.S., or something in between?" Combined responses

 

Over:
A victory
Over:
A defeat
Over:
In between
Not over Unsure
% % % % %

9/1-2/10

4 1 15 80 1

 

"Please tell me whether you think it is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely that each of the following will happen. . . ."

 

Very likely Somewhat
likely
Somewhat
unlikely
Very
unlikely
Unsure
% % % % %

 

"The U.S. troops remaining in Iraq will be removed from that country by the end of next year"

9/1-2/10

19 27 23 30 1

 

"The U.S. troops remaining in Iraq will not be involved in combat"

9/1-2/10

9 20 26 45 1

 

"The Iraqi government will be able to maintain order in Iraq once U.S. troops are removed from that country"

9/1-2/10

6 27 25 41 1

 

"The U.S. government will provide military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with all the assistance they need when they return home"

9/1-2/10

23 36 20 21 -

 

"As you may know, the U.S. sent 20,000 combat troops to Iraq in 2007 in what was called a surge. Based on what you have read or heard, do you think that surge of U.S. troops to Iraq was a success or a failure?" N=518 (Form A), MoE 4.5
11/09 & earlier: "As you may know, the U.S. sent 20,000 combat troops to Iraq in 2007 in what was called a surge. Based on what you have read or heard, do you think that surge of U.S. troops to Iraq has been a success or a failure?"

 

Success Failure Depends/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

9/1-2/10

60 33 5 2  

11/13-15/09

56 38 4 2  

7/27-29/08

52 41 5 3  

 

"Thinking back to the time when George W. Bush was president, would you say you approve or disapprove of the way Bush handled the situation in Iraq?" N=506 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

9/1-2/10

40 59 1    

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 20-24, 2010. N=1,082 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"How would you say things are going for the U.S. in its efforts to bring stability and order to Iraq? Would you say things are going very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?"

 

Very well Somewhat
well
Somewhat
badly
Very badly Unsure
% % % % %

8/20-24/10

6 51 29 9 5

7/9-12/10

4 51 24 14 7

5/20-24/10

3 50 26 11 10

9/19-23/09

5 52 26 12 5

7/24-28/09

7 49 25 12 7

7/9-12/09

4 54 25 8 9

6/12-16/09

5 57 20 11 7

4/22-26/09

7 64 20 4 5

4/1-5/09

12 50 23 7 8

3/12-16/09

10 54 22 11 3

2/18-22/09

11 52 20 9 8

 

"Now that the U.S. is withdrawing most of its combat forces from Iraq, do you think there will be more violence in Iraq than there is now, less violence than there is now, or about the same amount of violence as there is now?"

 

More Less Same Unsure  
% % % %  

8/20-24/10

35 12 48 5  

 

"Which do you think most Iraqi people are feeling right now: grateful to the United States for getting rid of Saddam Hussein, or resentful of the United States for having taken military action against Iraq?"

 

Grateful Resentful Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

8/20-24/10

41 37 10 12  

7/9-12/09

38 44 7 11  

 

"As a result of the United States' military action against Iraq, do you think the United States is more safe from terrorism, less safe from terrorism, or hasn't it made any difference?"

 

More safe Less safe No difference Unsure  
% % % %  

8/20-24/10

25 18 55 2  

3/15-18/08

36 24 38 2  

9/14-16/07

31 23 43 3  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Aug. 11-16, 2010. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

 

"And please tell me if you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling each of the following issues. How about the situation in Iraq?" If unsure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iraq?"

 

Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
% % % %  

8/11-16/10

45 43 11 -  

6/9-14/10

46 40 14 -  

5/7-11/10

51 38 11 -  

4/7-12/10

49 41 10 -  

3/3-8/10

55 33 12 -  

1/12-17/10

49 39 12 -  

12/10-14/09

49 40 10 -  

11/5-9/09

46 45 9 -  

10/1-5/09

50 37 13 -  

9/3-8/09

47 41 12 -  

7/16-20/09

56 32 12 -  

4/16-20/09

59 27 12 2  

 

"Do you favor or oppose the war in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure Refused  
% % % %  

8/11-16/10

31 65 3 1  

3/3-8/10

35 62 3 1  

1/12-17/10

34 63 2 -  

12/10-14/09

31 65 3 1  

11/5-9/09

30 67 2 1  

10/1-5/09

33 64 2 1  

7/16-20/09

34 63 2 1  

 

"Do you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of Barack Obama's decision to end the combat role of U.S. troops and remove most but not all U.S. troops from Iraq by August 31, 2010?" If unsure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of Barack Obama's decision to end the combat role of U.S. troops and remove most but not all U.S. troops from Iraq by August 31, 2010?"

 

Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
% % % %  

8/11-16/10

68 27 5 -  

4/16-20/09

74 21 5 1  

 

"Do you think the pace of the planned withdrawal of troops from Iraq is too fast, too slow, or about right?"

 

Too fast Too slow About right Unsure Refused
% % % % %

8/11-16/10

26 23 48 3 -

3/3-8/10

21 22 54 4 -

1/12-17/10

20 19 56 4 1

4/16-20/09

19 24 54 3 -

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 6-10, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Barack Obama has announced that he will remove most U.S. troops in Iraq by the end of this month but keep 50 thousand troops there in a non-combat role until next year. Do you favor or oppose this plan?"
1/10 & 5/10: "Barack Obama has announced that he will remove most U.S. troops from Iraq by August of this year but keep 35 thousand to 50 thousand troops in that country longer than that. Do you favor or oppose this plan?"
2009: "Barack Obama has announced that he will remove most U.S. troops from Iraq by August of next year but keep 35,000 to 50,000 troops in that country longer than that. Do you favor or oppose this plan?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %

 

8/6-10/10

65 35 1    

5/21-23/10

64 35 1    

1/22-24/10

62 36 2    

4/3-5/09

69 30 1    

3/12-15/09

70 29 1    

 

"Barack Obama has announced that he will remove most U.S. troops in Iraq by the end of this month but keep 50 thousand troops there in a non-combat role until next year. Do you favor or oppose this plan?" If oppose: "If you had to choose, would you rather see the U.S. keep the current number of troops in Iraq for an indefinite amount of time, or withdraw all of its troops from Iraq as soon as possible?" Combined responses

 

Favor Oppose:
Stay
indefinitely
Oppose:
Withdraw
ASAP
Unsure
% % % %

8/6-10/10

65 16 19 1  

 

"Do you think the United States is winning or not winning the war in Iraq?" N=513 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 

Winning Not winning Unsure

 

% % %

 

8/6-10/10

42 56 2    

2/18-19/09

50 46 4    

12/1-2/08

49 49 2    

8/29-31/08

49 49 2    

8/6-8/07

32 63 5    

3/9-11/07

29 61 9    

11/17-19/06

34 61 5    

 

"Do you think the United States can win or cannot win the war in Iraq?" N=513 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 

Can Cannot Unsure

 

% % %

 

8/6-10/10

54 44 2    

2/18-19/09

60 38 2    

8/29-31/08

58 41 1    

8/6-8/07

54 43 3    

3/9-11/07

46 46 8    

11/17-19/06

54 43 3    

 

"How much confidence do you have in the ability of the Iraqi government to handle the situation in Iraq? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not confident at all?"

 

Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not very
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
% % % % %

8/6-10/10

5 35 34 26 -

1/11/07

7 31 31 27 4

10/27-29/06

7 30 35 26 2

 

"Do you think the plan to remove U.S. troops from Iraq increases or decreases the chances of a major terrorist attack occurring within the United States, or do you think that plan will have no effect either way?"

 

Increases Decreases No effect Unsure
% % % %  

8/6-10/10

28 10 61 1  

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 5-8, 2010. N=1,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

"In view of the developments since we first sent our troops to Iraq, do you think the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq, or not?"

 

Made a
mistake
Did not Unsure

%

%

%

8/5-8/10

55

41

3

7/8-11/10

54

44

2

7/10-12/09

58

39

3

3/14-15/09

53

42

5

1/9-11/09

56

43

2

10/31 - 11/2/08

58

39

2

9/5-7/08

58

41

1

8/21-23/08

60

38

2

7/25-27/08

56

40

4

6/15-19/08

60

37

3

4/18-20/08

63

36

1

2/21-24/08

59

39

2

2/8-10/08

60

38

2

1/30 - 2/2/08

57

41

2

11/30 - 12/2/07

57

41

2

11/2-4/07

58

39

3

10/12-14/07

60

37

2

9/14-16/07

58

41

1

9/7-8/07

54

44

2

8/3-5/07

57

42

2

7/6-8/07

62

36

2

6/1-3/07

56

40

4

5/4-6/07

58

40

2

4/13-15/07

57

41

2

3/23-25/07

56

43

2

3/2-4/07

59

39

2

2/9-11/07

56

42

2

1/12-14/07

58

41

2

1/5-7/07

57

41

2

 

"In your opinion, is Iraq much better off, somewhat better off, somewhat worse off, or much worse off than before the U.S. and British invasion?" Options rotated

 

Much better Somewhat
better
Somewhat
worse
Much worse Same (vol.)

%

%

%

%

%

8/5-8/10

15

49

18

12

2

3/10-12/06

19

48

18

12

1

5/21-23/04

27

45

16

8

1

 

"In the long run, how do you think history will judge the U.S. invasion and subsequent involvement in Iraq: as a total success for the United States, mostly successful, mostly a failure, or as a total failure for the United States?" Options rotated

 

Total
success
Mostly
successful
Mostly a
failure
Total
failure
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

8/5-8/10

3

39

39

14

5

2/21-24/08

4

38

36

18

4

 

"Next, as you may know, the U.S. is planning to reduce the number of troops it has in Iraq to 50,000 by the end of this month and turn responsibility for maintaining security in Iraq over to the Iraqis. Just your best guess, do you think Iraqi security forces will or will not be able to limit insurgent attacks and generally maintain peace and security in Iraq?" N=508 (Form A), MoE 5

 

Will Will not Unsure

%

%

%

8/5-8/10

34

61

5

 

"Next, as you may know, the U.S. is planning to withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. Do you think the U.S. should stick to that timetable for withdrawing all its troops from Iraq regardless of what is going on in Iraq at the time, or should the U.S. keep its troops in Iraq beyond 2011 if Iraqi security forces are unable to contain insurgent attacks and maintain order in Iraq?" Options rotated. N=505 (Form B), MoE 5.

 

Stick to
timetable
Stay beyond 2011, if
necessary
Unsure

%

%

%

8/5-8/10

53

43

4


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