Twenty-eight percent of those polled said they believed history would judge the Iraqi war a complete failure, 31% said it was more failure than success, with 27% saying the reverse. Only 7% believed the war would be remembered as a complete success. According to AP, those calling it a failure included eight in 10 Democrats, three in 10 Republicans and about six in 10 independents.
The surge was rated a flop by 58%, compared to the 36% that thinks it has helped stabilize the country, with three in 10 Republicans joining majorities of Democrats and independents in seeing failure.
Those number only shifted slightly from the responses AP/Ipsos gathered immediately after President Bush announced it in January, when the polling asked if the troop increase would help stabilize Iraq.
People who consider the decision to go to war a mistake outnumbered those calling it the correct by 57% to 37%, numbers that have remained constant for more than a year. About a quarter of Republicans, along with most Democrats and independents, labeled the war an error.
The poll was conducted Sept. 6-9 and involved telephone interviews with 1,000 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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