Twenty years ago, Americans came together – bonded by sadness and patriotism – after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But a review of public opinion in the two decades since finds that unity was fleeting. It also shows how support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was strong initially but fell over time.
Majority of U.S. public favors Afghanistan troop withdrawal; Biden criticized for his handling of situation
54% of U.S. adults say the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan was the right one, while 42% say it was wrong.
U.S. Jews have widely differing views on Israel
Jewish Americans – much like the U.S. public overall – hold widely differing views on Israel and its political leadership.
International Cooperation Welcomed Across 14 Advanced Economies
The United Nations is broadly credited with promoting peace and human rights as younger adults are more supportive of cooperation with other countries.
On 75th anniversary of V-E Day, about 300,000 American WWII veterans are alive
World War II service members’ numbers have dwindled from around 939,000 veterans in 2015 to about 300,000 in 2020.
Majority of U.S. Public Says Trump’s Approach on Iran Has Raised Chances of a Major Conflict
By a narrow margin, Americans view the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Soleimani as the right decision. But 54% say the administration's approach toward Iran has increased the chances of a major military conflict.
Majorities of U.S. veterans, public say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting
About two-thirds of U.S. veterans say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, while 58% say the same of the war in Afghanistan.
U.S. Jews are more likely than Christians to say Trump favors the Israelis too much
While U.S. Jews have a strong attachment to Israel, they are divided in their assessment of Trump’s handling of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
A new perspective on Americans’ views of Israelis and Palestinians
In a new survey, the Center reassesses how it asks Americans about Israelis, Palestinians and their respective governments.
Americans divided over decision to withdraw from Syria
Overall, 43% of Americans say withdrawing American troops from Syria would be the right decision, while 45% say it would not.
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