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51% Say U.S. Shouldn’t Have Become Involved in Iraq

Looking back, a slight majority of Likely Voters believe the United States should never have gotten involved in Iraq in the first place. They also believe the mission there was more of a failure than a success.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 36% believe the United States should have gotten involved in Iraq, while 51% disagree. Another 14% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Most Republicans (55%) believe the U.S. should have become involved in Iraq, but most Democrats (71%) and voters not affiliated with either party (56%) feel the opposite way.

While an overwhelming majority of Political Class voters (78%) believe the U.S. should not have gone to Iraq, mainstream voters are more evenly divided on the question.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters believe that, in the long run, America’s mission in Iraq will be seen as a success. Forty-one percent (41%) believe the mission will be judged as a failure, while 27% are not sure.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 26-27, 2011 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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