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.