WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Only 18 percent of Americans say the result of the U.S. war in Iraq was worth the loss of American lives or financial costs, with three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans saying the war wasn’t worth it at all – the lowest polling percentage to date.
According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday, 75 percent of Americans saying the war in Iraq was not worth it is up 8 percentage points from 2011, and up nearly one-third (30 percent) since August 2003. Republicans, Democrats and independents all agree — by large majorities — that the war which began in March 2003 was not worth any of the human or financial costs.
Half of Americans (50 percent) in the June 20-22 poll of more than 1,000 adults don’t think the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the current ISIS-based violence in the Middle Eastern nation, including only 42 percent of Republicans who say the U.S. has any current responsibility for action.
About 80 percent of both Democrats and independents say the U.S. war in Iraq was not worth the costs.
And the poll also finds that most Americans see the entire situation as a lost cause. A majority of Americans don’t think the U.S. can do something about the growing violence in Iraq as 57 percent say they think the situation “is beyond the control of the U.S.”
A vast majority of Americans polled (77 percent) oppose sending U.S. military ground troops into the country, something President Barack Obama has publicly stated as well. A slim majority (51 percent) say the U.S. should send military advisers into Iraq. Nearly 4,500 Americans died in Iraq through 2011, according to Department of Defense data.
Among households with U.S. military veterans from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars, 43 percent say the U.S. should have left troops in Iraq after December 2011. Fifty percent of overall Americans polled said the U.S. made the right move by pulling out all of its troops, and 28 percent say that even sending advisers would only increase violence in Iraq.
Fifty-three percent of Americans favor the U.S. working with Iran in a limited capacity to resolve the current situation in Iraq. And beyond curtailing the current violence in Iraq, just 37 percent of Americans think the U.S. has a broader responsibility to make sure Iraq is a stable democracy.