Reuters-IPSOS Poll: Most Americans Against Iraq Intervention

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Friday, 20 Jun 2014 07:06 AM

By Jason Devaney

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More than half of Americans are against any U.S. intervention in the current crisis in Iraq, according to a new poll.

A Reuters-IPSOS Poll showed that 55 percent of those surveyed would disagree with the Obama administration involving the U.S. military in Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have taken over large parts of the country.

Only 20 percent of Americans polled would support military action in Iraq, according to the poll.

Of the respondents who were in favor of U.S. intervention, the most popular form of action was humanitarian aid for refugees displaced by the fighting. The second most poplar action was air strikes to help the Iraqi military.

Forty-five percent of those polled said the United States should stay out of the conflict "no matter what," and 34 percent said President Barack Obama was "setting appropriate conditions for engagement." Twenty-one percent of those surveyed said the United States needs to intervene in order to prevent extremists from taking over the country.

Under Obama's direction, all American troops were withdrawn from Iraq in 2011. Sixty-one percent of Republicans surveyed said the current crisis is evidence the United States should have stayed in the war-torn country, an opinion shared by just 26 percent of Democrats. Seventy-four percent of left-leaning voters felt the situation shows the United States was right to pull out its forces.

Obama said this week he is dispatching 275 troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the American Embassy in Baghdad. He is also sending as many as 300 military advisers to aid the Iraqis as they fight the ISIS militants.

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