Fewer people support withdrawal from Iraq

Fewer people in the United States now say they support the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011, a Gallup survey released Wednesday found. 

Just over 60 percent said they now support Obama’s 2011 decision, while 34 percent said they disapprove.

Public support for the U.S. pullout, however, has fallen 14 percentage points since October, 2011, just a few months before troops left Iraq. At that point, 75 percent of the public approved of the pullout and less an quarter disapproved.

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Nearly 60 percent now say the decision to send troops into Iraq in 2003 was a mistake. Thirty-nine percent say it wasn’t a mistake. 

At the time of the invasion, three-quarters of the public said it wasn’t a mistake and 23 percent said it was a mistake.

A third of Republicans said they now approve of Obama’s 2011 decision to withdraw troops. In October, 2011, 43 percent of Republicans supported the pullout.

Nearly 90 percent of Democrats, meanwhile, said they now support the withdrawal, as do nearly 60 percent of independents. 

The survey comes as some of the 300 military advisers Obama dispatched to Iraq arrive to Baghdad to help assess Iraq’s security forces’ capabilities. The Obama administration is trying to help Iraq's government stop the momentum of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, whose militants have taken over large swaths of the country. 

The poll surveyed 1,012 adults from June 20 to 21 and has a 4-percentage-point margin of error.