Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Poll Shows No Consensus in U.S. for Helping in Iraq

Marjorie Connelly, NYT
JUNE 23, 2014

The American public is divided over whether the United States is obliged to deal with the sectarian violence in Iraq and whether the troubles there are increasing the threat of terrorism domestically. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll also found that while many see President Obama’s actions as appropriate, there are large partisan differences.

On Thursday, Mr. Obama announced the deployment of about 300 military advisers to Iraq to help fend off attacks from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant group that has overrun large parts of the country. Forty-one percent of the public said Mr. Obama was properly addressing the violence in Iraq, while 29 percent said he should do more and 22 percent preferred he do less.

As usual when discussing views about Mr. Obama, opinions varied widely by party identification. Most Republicans (53 percent) would rather see him do more to tackle the problem in Iraq, and 19 percent said he was doing the right amount. However, 63 percent of Democrats said he had done enough, and only 13 percent said he should be doing more.

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