A plurality of U.S. voters shared President Donald Trump’s view that the invasion of Iraq was the biggest blunder in American history, a new survey shows.
Rasmussen Reports said its latest survey found that 39% of Likely U.S. Voters agreed with President Trump’s statement earlier this week, “Iraq was the worst decision. Going into the Middle East was the worst decision ever made in the history of our country.”
Fewer voters considered the U.S. effort in Iraq a success story, with nearly 37% of them saying they disagreed with the president’s comment about the war, while 24% were undecided.
Rasmussen conducted the survey on Jan. 7-8, after Iraqi Parliament voted for a resolution to demand the last 5,000 U.S. troops leave their country.
According to the survey, 48% of Democrats shared President Trump’s assessment of the decision to invade Iraq made by GOP President George W. Bush and bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress. Some 37% of Republicans and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party agreed.
Just 23% of all voters regarded America’s mission in Iraq as a success, while 44% saw it as a failure, but 32% were not sure how to assess it.
Just 12% of voters viewed Iraq as an ally of the United States despite the loss to America of over 4,000 lives, the wounding of nearly 32,000 and a cost to U.S. taxpayers in excess of $1 trillion. Meanwhile, 24% saw Iraq as an enemy, while 54% regarded it as somewhere in between.
Fifty-eight percent of voters agreed with President Trump when he said in early October, “It is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. We will fight where it is to our benefit, and only fight to win.”
The Iraqi lawmakers voted to kick out U.S. troops on Jan. 5 after the U.S. president ordered the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s elite Quds Force, with an airstrike at the Baghdad airport. Voters were divided along party lines over that decision, but more than ever fear war with Iran.
A plurality (45%) thought President Trump governs more like a third-party president than a traditional Republican.