Poll: Little Support for Sending Combat Troops to Iraq

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows widespread opposition to the United States sending combat troops to Iraq. Just 16 percent support sending combat troops to deal with the crisis in Iraq, with 74 percent opposed, in the poll commissioned by liberal group Americans United for Change. Republicans were more likely to support combat troops, with 28 percent support. But a majority of Republicans — 57 percent — still opposed doing so. Obama announced last week that he would not send troops into combat in Iraq, but notified Congress on Monday he is sending about 275 troops to secure U.S. facilities and personnel. The Associated Press has also reported the president is considering sending Special Forces to advise the Iraqis as they take on the threat from the rebel group ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The poll did not ask voters if they support air strikes against Iraqi rebels, which the White House has said is under consideration along with other military support for the Iraqi government. It did find majority support for a diplomatic initiative and providing intelligence to the Iraqi government. PPP, a Democratic polling firm, conducts automated polls. This poll of 790 registered voters taken over the weekend had a reported margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.