how the public views the iraq war

Recently, Andrew Sullivan published the following diagram:


Sullivan is shocked that the level is high. A few comments: First, the rejection of the war has been stable since around 2006. Second, my hypothesis is that there is a baseline level of support for the war. These are mostly strong conservatives who identify with the Republican party. Third, the wording of the question probably inflates the answer a little. Do you think the United States made a mistake? A lot of people don’t like admitting their country is ever wrong. Sullivan’s post even notes that the support for the war drops in a different wording – whether the war was worth the cost. A bit more impersonal. Bottom line: People know things went badly in Iraq, but nationalism suppresses the feeling.

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Written by fabiorojas

March 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

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  1. Right – “do you think the United States intentionally went to war to personally protect and enrich the President and his cronies” would likely poll less than 53%.



    March 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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