With the Iraqi parliament demanding that the last 5,000 U.S. troops leave its country, many voters here share President Trump’s view that the invasion of Iraq was the biggest American blunder ever. Fewer than ever consider the effort a success story.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 39% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with 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.” Nearly as many (37%) disagree, but 24% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Democrats share the Republican’s assessment of the decision to invade Iraq made by GOP President George W. Bush and bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Republicans and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree.


Just 23% of all voters regard America’s mission in Iraq as a success, a finding that has run as high as 43% but marks a new low in surveying since late 2006. Forty-four percent (44%) disagree and see the mission as a failure. But one-in-three (32%) aren’t sure how to assess it.

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, just 12% now view Iraq as an ally of the United States. Twenty-four percent (24%) see the Middle Eastern nation as an enemy, while 54% regard it as somewhere in between.