Iraq Issues Destroy Confidence in U.S. Military Capability
The majority of those polled believe the United States has not only
failed in Iraq and in Afghanistan, but also believe the United States
is incapable of a successful military operation meant to free their
homeland should an invasion take place.
Think & Ask mailed a
questionnaire to 1,100 citizens in 12 industrialized
countries in December 2006. Those countries were -- Argentina,
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy,
Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and Sweden.
At this point in time, there were not vast differences in opinions
between any of the nationalities questioned (respondents N=994
MoE+/-3) about progress in Iraq or Afghanistan. One difference
emerged when asked whether the United States military would
victoriously free their homeland from (a hypothetical) invasion
-- respondents in the United States (32 percent) and Israel (31
percent) said yes -- but the majority across all countries felt the
United States would fail to protect any country, including its
own, from invasion.
Most remain optimistic for Iraq however that in 10-years time peace
would eventually reign, which was not the case for Afghanistan where
most felt peace would not develop.
The Situation in Afghanistan
When the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October
2001 did you think the invasion would topple the Taliban and bring
6 months or less 37 percent
3 years or more 6
Do you believe the United States and its allies will succeed in its
mission to free Afghanistan from the Taliban and institute democracy in
Not sure 2 percent
In your opinion is Afghanistan technically experiencing a civil war?
Not sure 3 percent
Question is related to future 10-years out -- In your opinion will
Continue "as is" today
Become worse than today
The Situation in Iraq
Did you believe the United States had been victorious in Iraq when on 2
May 2003 President George W Bush stated the following?
"The Battle of
Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on (11 September
2001,) and still goes on."
Not sure 9 percent
Those who chose 'yes' most often included residents from the United
States (No.1) and Argentina (No.2,) but Canada (No.11,) and Japan
(No.12,) disbelieved the statement most.
Question is related to pre-2003 -- In your opinion is Iraq:
Better off today 29 percent
Worse off today 43
Has the United States succeeded in its mission to free Iraq's citizens
from dictatorship and institute democracy?
Not Sure 11 percent
In your opinion who is primarily in control of Iraq at this moment?
3) Fighters (also called insurgents by
4) No one group or 'Other'
In your opinion is Iraq technically experiencing a civil war?
Not sure 2 percent
Question is related to future 10-years out -- In your opinion will Iraq:
Eventually find peace
Continue "as is"
Become worse than today 17 percent
Military Power in the United States
Scenario: Your home country is invaded by another. Should the
United States fight the invader on your country's behalf are you
confident that the United States would succeed ousting the invaders and
restore peace on your homeland?
Not sure 2 percent
Those who said
'yes' by country:
United States 32
United Kingdom 10 percent
The History Books
In your opinion who will historians claim is responsible for the fate
of Iraq post-invasion by the United States?
President George W
Vice president Richard
*Secretary of Defense Donald
**United Nations Secretary General Kofi
*Through November 2006
** Through December 2006
Did you think the White House (check one for each question.)
Had a plan for Iraq in 2003?
Not sure 7 percent
Has a plan for Iraq in 2006?
Yes 34 percent
Not sure 8 percent
Had a plan for Afghanistan in 2001?
Not sure 6 percent
Has a plan for Afghanistan in 2006?
Not sure 4 percent
Those from the United States, Japan, and Australia had strongest
opinions that the United States 'had a plan' in 2003 for invading Iraq,
however opinions of Afghanistan and current state of both countries
were similar with all respondents.
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