Few Latinos Now Support the War in Iraq, Hispanics Favor Troop Withdrawals Even More Strongly Than Does the General Public

Source Organization: Pew Research Center


01/04/2007 - Two out of every three Latinos now believe that U.S. troops should be brought home from Iraq as soon as possible and only one in four thinks the U.S. made the right decision in using military force, according to a new survey by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Hispanics have generally expressed more negative views toward the war compared with the rest of the population. The latest survey, however, shows even stronger opposition on the part of Latinos, especially when it comes to keeping troops in Iraq.

Two-thirds of Hispanics (66%) now favor bringing troops home as soon as possible, up from 51% in January 2005. Conversely, Latinos who favored keeping troops in Iraq until the situation there has stabilized have declined from 37% to 19%.

Native-born Hispanics are generally more supportive of the war than are their foreign-born counterparts. But in the latest survey, the native born are almost as adamant about bringing troops home as the foreign born (62% vs. 68% respectively).

The general public also is more inclined to bring the troops home, but not to the same extent as Hispanics. A survey of the general population by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press in December found that one in two Americans (50%) favored bringing troops home as soon as possible, up from 41% in January 2005.

Read the full report Few Latinos Now Support the War in Iraq, Hispanics Favor Troop Withdrawals Even More Strongly Than Does the General Public on the Pew Hispanic Center Web site.

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