Was Iraq war worth costs?

Our scientifically-conducted national telephone survey results are reported below. This box contains a ballot for our companion online poll, which provides unscientific results.

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Was Iraq war worth costs?

After almost nine years the U.S. war in Iraq is over. With 4,485 U.S. military deaths, more than 32,000 injured and a financial cost expected to exceed one trillion dollars we wanted to know if you thought the conflict was worth it. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, do you believe that the U.S. war in Iraq was worth the costs in lives and expense? A majority of Americans, 58% said no, they do not believe it was worth the costs, 27% said they believe it was, 15% did not have an opinion.

By a narrow margin Republicans said the believed the Iraq war was worth the costs with 44% saying yes, 42% did not believe it was worth the costs, 15% did not have an opinion. Democrats and Independents did not agree. Among Democrats, 72% said they did not believe the war was worth the costs, 14% did, and 14% offered no opinion. Independents weighed in with 62% saying they did not believe the war in Iraq was worth the costs, 22% did, 16% did not offer an opinion.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,133 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 15, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.

Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position Crosstabs-Iraq war costs

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