Poll: Americans Overwhelming Oppose A New US War in Iraq

Three Quarters of Americans Oppose Sending Combat Troops

A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows overwhelming opposition among American voters to a new US war in Iraq, with only 16 percent supporting the idea of sending combat troops and 74 percent against.

The Obama Administration has said they don’t plan to send “combat troops” to Iraq, though in recent days the indication is that they are planning to send some troops and plan on calling them “advisory” troops.

That’s the sort of distinction without a difference the administration has used time and again to insist they weren’t really lying when they made promises, but no matter what the troops are called, the poll shows strong opposition to US involvement.

The polling data showed opposition strong among both Democrats and Republicans, and even broader among independent voters, which suggests that if the war becomes a political issue in the run-up to this year’s mid-term elections, the hawks are backing a fresh invasion at their own peril.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.