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Public Doesn’t Think There Is a Responsibility to Intervene in Iraq

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The American people continue to be opposed to new military actions around the world after over a decade of expensive wars. Even with renewed violence in Iraq thanks to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria a clear majority in the country doesn’t think the government has a responsibility to take action.

According to a new Pew Research poll, only 39 percent think we have a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq, while 55 percent believe the United States don’t have a responsibility to to act.

There is a clear partisan divided with Democrats and Independents being the least inclined toward taking action while Republicans are most inclined. Yet even among Republicans only a bare plurality thinks the United States Government has a responsibility to act.

The only group where a clear majority think the country has a responsibility to take action in Iraq are Republicans who say they agree with the Tea Party. It is another sign that the term “Tea Party” has become mostly meaningless. It is now basically just a interchangeable with conservative.

This also highlights one of the big problems the Republican Party has in 2016. On a range of issues where their most dedicated primary voters stand is often noticeably at odds with what general election voters want. The positions needed to win the crowded Republican primary could really hurt the nominee come November.


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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (