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43% Think U.S. Is Too Involved in the Middle East

Friday, February 01, 2013

As America’s role in the Middle East takes center stage in the confirmation hearings for Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, a plurality of voters believes the United States is too involved in that part of the world. But most still think there is an ongoing worldwide conflict between the Islamic world and the West.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters feel the United States is too involved in the Middle East. Just 15% think America is not involved enough in that part of the world. Thirty-one percent (31%) consider the level of U.S. involvement about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 29-30, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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