Gallup Pole: Americans Feel We Are ‘Worse Off’ Because of Iraq War
June 16, 2006, 2:33 pm
Filed under: politics

Gallup asked Americans if the war in Iraq had made things better off, the same, or worse off for six entities: the American people, the Iraqi people, the strength and preparedness of the U.S. military, the war on terrorism, the prospects for democracy in the Middle East, and the image of the United States around the world.

6 in 10 Americans said the image of the U.S. was “worse off,” with only 11% saying “better off.”

42% said that the people of our own country were worse off, with 26% saying better off and 31% “the same.” Gallup called this “a decidedly negative tilt in attitudes about the impact of the war on the home front.” While in this category, as in all others, Republicans had a more positive view, still only 48% would say that Americans were “better off” because of the war.

48% said they felt the Iraqi people were better off today because of the war, but the exact same number said they were no better off (19%) or worse off (29%).

4 in 10 said the war had made a positive difference in the war on terrorism, but 26% took the opposite view and 33% said it had not made us safer.

37% said the prospects for peace in the Middle East are “better off,” 26% worse and 33% the same.


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