SOURCE: Peanut Labs

March 19, 2008 14:29 ET

Young Americans Support Immediate Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Iraq According to Peanut Labs Gen-Y Survey

Majority of Gen-Y Believe "Oil" to Be the Main Cause Behind U.S. Decision to Invade Iraq

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - With the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war upon us, young Americans across the nation are more fervent than five years ago in opposing the U.S. presence in Iraq. According to the survey results announced today by Peanut Labs, provider of unmatched Gen-Y sample for market researchers, 58 percent of Gen-Y respondents initially protested against the U.S. decision to go to war back in 2003. Now in 2008, 71 percent of young Americans are in opposition to the war while also supporting an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

"There is no doubt the Iraq war is a hotly contested issue that is galvanizing young voters across the nation," said Murtaza Hussain, chief executive officer of Peanut Labs. "As young Americans prove time and time again to be key-influencers in the consumer and entertainment world, their authority could have the same effect on key political issues such as the war in Iraq."

Further results from today's survey show an overwhelming majority of Gen-Y do not believe that "Weapons of Mass Destruction" was the main reason behind the U.S. decision to go into war in Iraq. Instead, Gen-Y respondents believe the true motive behind the U.S. invasion was to control the vast oil wealth in Iraq.

Gen-Y's debate over Iraq

  • 58 percent of all Gen-Y respondents initially opposed the U.S.-led invasion in 2003
  • Five years later, 71 percent of Gen-Y oppose the war in Iraq and strongly supports an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops

Main reason behind Iraq war

  • 92 percent of young Americans are not convinced that "Weapons of Mass Destruction" was President Bush's major premise for the war
  • 39 percent of Gen-Y believed "Oil" was the dominant driver behind the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq
  • "Terrorism" was revealed by 29 percent of Gen-Y respondents as the key reason for the war in Iraq

The survey was carried out among more than 300 Gen-Y respondents active on more than seventy leading social networks that examined Gen-Y's views on the war in Iraq. For more information or a copy of the complete results, please contact Peanut Labs.

About Peanut Labs

Peanut Labs is changing the way online market research is accessed and delivered, providing unparalleled access to millions of 13-25 year olds that comprise today's Gen-Y audience. Developer of Sample3.0, the Peanut Labs sample methodology taps into more than 70 social networks including MySpace, Facebook, and Google OpenSocial. Sample3.0 is quickly becoming the online sampling methodology of choice by leading marketing research firms. More information about Peanut Labs and Sample3.0 can be found at

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