Jewish Americans Most Strongly Oppose Iraq War

Jewish Americans are more strongly opposed to the Iraq war than any other major religious group in the United States, a new Gallup Poll found.

The Gallup Organization combined data from the last two-plus years measuring the support or lack thereof for the Iraq war. Overall, 52 percent of Americans say the United States made a mistake to invade Iraq and 46 percent favored the war by saying it did not make a mistake.

Broken down into religious groups, 77 percent of Jews say the war is a mistake and 21 percent say it is not. Behind Jews, 53 percent of Catholics showed opposition to the war and 46 percent showed favor. Among Protestants, 48 percent oppose and 49 percent do not oppose.

More specifically, more non-black Protestants were for the war than against it (55 to 43 percent).

Mormons were found to be the most likely religious group to favor the Iraq war with 72 percent saying it was not a mistake to send troops and 27 percent saying it was.

Black Protestants, however, showed strong opposition to the war. The poll showed that 78 percent of black Protestants say it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq while only 18 percent say it was not a mistake.

Among Americans without a religious preference, 66 percent oppose the war and 33 percent favor it.

Further data revealed that Jewish Democrats are even more opposed to the war and the average American Jew, even those who are Republicans, opposes the war.

Similar statistics were seen among Jews two years ago when the majority of Americans favored the war.

The results are based on 13 surveys, consisting of telephone interviews with 12,061 adults, aged 18 and older, conducted in 2005-2007.