Many Americans ‘don’t know’ if fighting Nazis was a good idea: poll

In the realm of global conflicts, WWII is often seen as the quintessential battle between good and evil.

Nonetheless, a huge third of Americans believe it was a mistake or are unsure of the United States’ involvement in the so-called “good war,” according to one. new poll by The Economist / YouGov.

The study, which was conducted in honor of Memorial Day, asked 1,500 Americans if it was a mistake on the part of the United States to participate in World War I wars in Iraq. To ensure accurate representation, the sample was weighted based on gender, age, race, education, 2016 presidential vote, registration status, geographic region and other designations, by site.

The poll found that 18% of participants were unsure whether Uncle Sam should have participated in World War II, during which President Franklin Delano Roosevelt deployed troops to fight the Nazis and the Japanese Empire in 1941. .

Meanwhile, 14% thought fighting in the “war against Hitler” was a mistake, while 62% thought contributing soldiers was the right decision.

The Investigation of the American Wars by Economist / Yougov.
The Economist / YouGov Investigation of the American Wars.

On average, 60% of participants aged 18 to 29 said it was the right choice to join the fight while only 49% of those aged 30 to 44 agreed, the Daily Mail reported. Meanwhile, Republicans were the biggest supporters of America’s involvement in WWII, with 77% supporting our decision compared to just 63% of Democrats. Likewise, 74% of men agreed with injecting US troops into Germany while 62% of women thought it was a good idea.

In terms of unpopular wars, the Vietnam War came first with 48% thinking it was a “mistake” while only 28% supported it and 26% were unsure.

Closely following was Iraq with 43% calling it a bad decision, 33% supporting our involvement and 25% remaining agnostic, according to the survey. Afghanistan had a similar breakdown: 36% percent rejecting it, 25% uncertain and 39% in favor.

These statistics have been divided between partisan battle lines, with Democrats overwhelmingly opposing the aforementioned three wars and Republicans advocating them.

Korea was the most ambiguous international conflict. About 29% of Americans were undecided about our involvement, while 26% and 44% were in the anti- and pro-war camps, respectively.

Interestingly, 58% of veterans who knew someone who had died in service were more likely to view all wars as mistakes.

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