(MENAFN) A recent poll by Axios/Ipsos revealed that 61% of Americans believe the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the wrong decision. This is a stark contrast to the initial support for the military action, with two-thirds of Americans approving of it at the time. The poll also showed that the majority of Americans (67%) do not believe that the war in Iraq made the US any safer.
The political divide that was present during the initial invasion has persisted over the past two decades, with 83% of Republicans still insisting that the US was right to invade, compared to only 26% of Democrats who still support the decision. When the ground invasion of Iraq began, just 26% of respondents in a Pew poll opposed military action to overthrow Saddam Hussein's government.
Despite the negative view of the Iraq war, the majority of Americans (75%) still want the US to remain a "global leader," according to the Ipsos poll. Additionally, 54% of respondents believe that the US government's focus on national defense and homeland security in the last two decades has made the country safer.
Overall, the poll suggests that while Americans may not view the Iraq war favorably in retrospect, they still prioritize the US' role as a global leader and believe in the importance of national defense and homeland security.
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