US Poll: Iraq ‘Better Off’ by almost 3-to-1

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As U.S. troops have now handed off military control to Iraqi forces, there is time for reflection on the Iraqi war. Over half of Americans (57%) believe that Iraq is better off today than it was before the U.S. invasion 7 years ago, with one in five (19%) saying Iraq is much better off and almost two in five (38%) saying somewhat better off. One in five U.S. adults (19%) say Iraq is worse off today, and one-quarter (24%) are not at all sure.

Obviously, there is a lot more to the story than what a poll of Americans says. And this could all change overnight if things turn sour in Iraq overnight, which is not anywhere close to unimaginable.


  1. I guess what really matters is if americans think that the USA is better off because of the war and if the iraquis thins Iraq is better off.

    1. Yes, but Americans’ opinion of whether or not Iraq is better off is not unimportant. It matters quite a bit when discussing whether or not the invasion was “worth it” to America.

      Poll results like this also help head off those who want to claim that “everyone knows” that the invasion made Iraq “worse.”

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