New American Wars Would Be Very Unpopular


Despite rising tensions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, a new poll shows that a broad margin of war-weary Americans want the U.S. to mind its own business.

The poll, out Monday from POLITICO, found that only 17 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. should intensify its response to Russian aggression in Ukraine compared to 34 percent who want the U.S. to be less involved. Thirty-one percent of those polled said that America’s current foreign policy toward Russia is sufficient.

As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, respondents to the poll were largely against getting more involved in the country to stem the tide of violence. While 51 percent said that the current Iraq conflict affects U.S. national security, just 19 percent want the U.S. more involved. Twenty-three percent of people polled said that the current strategy in Iraq is enough.

Getting involved in the ongoing Syrian crisis is even less appealing to American voters, according to the polling data. Forty-two percent of respondents said that America should stay out of the conflict, compared to just 15 percent supporting military interventions.

Likewise, more than 75 percent of voters said that the plan to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 should move forward as planned.

“The picture that emerges from the survey is consistent across issues of foreign policy and national security: Americans are profoundly wary of getting entangled overseas and seem to be skeptical of the value of projecting U.S. power on foreign conflicts,” POLITICO noted. “Republicans are modestly more hawkish than Democratic and independent voters, but a majority of self-identified GOP voters support pulling out of Afghanistan and maintaining or reducing involvement in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”

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