Shafaq News/ About three-quarters of US adults say they support bringing US troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan in a new poll commissioned by the libertarian Charles Koch Institute, obtained exclusively by The Hill.
In the poll, which surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults, 44 percent said they strongly support bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq and 30 percent said they somewhat support doing so.
For Afghanistan, 46 percent said they strongly support bringing troops home and 30 percent said they somewhat support it.
Furthermore, the poll was conducted by YouGov for the Charles Koch Institute, the research institute founded by conservative mega-donor Charles Koch that advocates a noninterventionist foreign policy, including supporting withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Given how polarized the country is on so many other issues, it is striking how unified Americans are on ending our endless wars in the Middle East, prioritizing domestic concerns over foreign ones, and avoiding greater military engagement in conflicts overseas,” Will Ruger, vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, said in a statement to The Hill.
As by the newspapers, asked whether the United States should be more or less involved militarily in global conflicts, 48 percent of respondents said engagement should decrease, while 32 percent said the level of engagement should stay the same and 7 percent said it should increase. Fifty percent of Democrats surveyed said military engagement should decrease, compared to 40 percent of Republicans.
The poll, which was weighted for gender, age, race, and education, has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
The results for Iraq and Afghanistan, collected from July 24 to July 27, represent an uptick from a similar YouGov poll commissioned by the Charles Koch Institute in January. In that poll, 37 percent said they strongly supported and 31 percent said they somewhat supported bringing troops home from Iraq, while 38 percent said they strongly supported and 31 percent said they somewhat supported doing so in Afghanistan.
The January poll also found 27 percent said military engagement should stay about the same, while 52 percent supported less engagement.
The most recent poll comes as President Trump is pushing forward with a withdrawal in Afghanistan that is opposed by members of Congress from both parties.
There are about 5,200 U.S. troops in Iraq helping local forces fight the remnants of ISIS.
The YouGov poll found similar levels of support for withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan across parties. The same percentage of Democrats and Republicans polled, 77 percent of each, said they strongly or somewhat support bringing troops home from Iraq.
For Afghanistan, 78 percent of Democratic respondents said they strongly or somewhat support bringing troops home, compared to 77 percent of Republicans who said the same.