Do you personally know anyone who was killed or wounded in the Iraq war?
If you can answer yes to the question in the headline above, you’re part of a small minority of Americans, as we see HERE:
The nearly decade-long war in Iraq cost the United States dearly in lives, casualties and dollars, but despite the immense toll, the overwhelming majority of Americans know no one who was wounded or killed there.
That sense of personal disengagement is the most striking finding from a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Just 12 percent of Americans said that they or someone they know was wounded in the war in Iraq, and only 6 percent said they know someone who was killed in the Iraq War.
While 52 percent of Americans said they at least know someone who served in combat in Iraq (including 2 percent who served themselves and 14 percent who had a family member serve), nearly half (44 percent) reported no personal connection at all to those who did the fighting and dying there.
The numbers from the survey largely reflect the reality of today’s professional military. The U.S. Department of Defense states that 1.1 million Americans were deployed to Iraq, and a total of 2.5 million were deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan. That amounts to 1 percent of the nation’s adult population. In comparison, 9 percent of Americans were in uniform during World War II.