Was The Iraq War Worth Fighting?

A new CBS News poll out this evening shows that a wide majority of Americans continue to believe that the results of the war in Iraq have not been worth the costs. Just 29 percent say the war was worth (up slightly from two years ago) while 64 percent say it was not.

Was The War In Iraq Worth The Costs To U.S.?


Now 3/06 8/03
Yes 29% 25% 46%
No 64% 64% 46%

In August 2003, less than six months after the beginning of the war, Americans were divided on the question and opinion reached a low point in March 2006 – when only one in four Americans said the war was worth the costs.

Support now breaks heavily along partisan lines. Sixty-two percent of Republicans say the results of the war with Iraq were worth the costs, while only 10% of Democrats and 25% of Independents agree. That number has risen by 11 points since March 2006 while it has remained largely the same among Democrats and independents.

(The poll was conducted among a random sample of 844 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone March 15-17, 2008. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points.)