September 10th, 2007
01:46 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Majority of Americans believe Iraq surge is failing

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As General David Petraeus reveals his much-anticipated report on progress in Iraq Monday, most Americans don't think the increase in U.S. troops is helping to improve security in the war-torn country.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 54 percent of Americans think the troop surge is failing to improve conditions and ending violence in Iraq. Only 40 percent believe the increase in troops is succeeding.

Petraeus might have difficulty in selling the American public that the surge is working in Iraq. An August CNN/Opinion Research Poll showed that 53 percent of Americans don't trust him and think he will make the situation in Iraq sound better. Only 43 percent of those surveyed in August said they trusted that Petraeus would give an honest assessment.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Iraq
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  1. matt, coppell, tx

    That is great news to hear!! Im glad to see my fellow Americans aren't as easily fooled anymore.

    We are awakening to the fact that at the very least we are being hoodwinked and lied to!

    We arent as stupid as these politicians think we are.

    September 10, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. James, Phoenix AZ

    What a ridiculous poll! General Patraeus hasn't even delivered his report and ALREADY Americans (who probably couldn't find Iraq on a map) have gleaned enough information to know if progress is being made or not?

    It only proves – people drink whatever kool-aid their party or the media serves. Darwin was wrong!

    September 10, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. David, Boise Idaho

    How can some person filling out a survey while sitting on his couch eating potato chips know more about the security of Iraq than a US general that's actually providing the security? I doubt most the people in this survey can even point out Iraq on a map.

    September 10, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Fool me once, fool me again?

    We didn't have to wait for the "report". Every report befotre this points to failure. Bush keeps saying he listens to his "generals" but fires any that disagree. He gets a new general, another new slogan and again asks for a delay (which was the old "stay the course" – which hasn't changed although a new slogan is employed).
    This report was politically pre-ordained. Petraus wanted the job and to get it he had to promise Bush this report.
    There are no surprises here. Bush-Rove have politicized everything they could touch.
    After 6 and a half years people have caught up to their dirty tricks and core dishonesty.

    September 10, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. l. louis, bakersfield, ca.

    Oh, yeah, I think career politician Schmucky Shumer would know more about combat operations than a four star general !

    September 10, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The more Iraqis we kill, the more Iraqis will want to kill us. People dont believe the report because they have common sense.

    September 10, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. A soldier Fort Hood TX

    Who did CNN poll, there fiends and collegues? The canidates for president? Funny I never hear it from the troops that are there or been there! If you did It would be a different story. Do you people really think you are getting the true picture of it over there! All you get is what the political people want you to hear.

    September 10, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    btw check out an encyclopedia, look up iraq, iran, grand ayotulla and Islam. Then you will understand how meaningless a report from anyone is.

    September 10, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Andrew Russell, Seattle, WA

    I'm not surprised that most people think the surge is not working. Left-leaning news organizations (such as CNN) tell the story that they want to tell (that the US is losing), regardless of the facts. Most people out there (especially those on the left) don't critically think through these issues. Rather, they take what CNN/NY Times/etc gives them as "fact" without considering other sources or viewpoints. If you tell people the same thing over-and-over, they eventually believe that its true. The bias is so thick at CNN and the NY Times I almost chuckle when I read the stuff they put out there. Then I think about the consequences of what they are doing...nothing funny about it.

    September 10, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. fiberese

    If you want me to believe the troop increase is helping in Iraq, show me the numbers. What is the recent monthly average in American deaths? What is the total of Iraqi deaths? What is the fatality total for all other nations involved? How many troop lives have been destroyed? How many have injuries and amputations? How many people in the world have died in the last few months because we are spending our resources on this war instead of sending food and medicines, facilitating safe drinking water for the innocents of this world.

    And it's not just physical damage. Families are damaged. My ex was activated for the first Desert Storm. In the year after he and his unit returned to the states almost everyone went through a divorce. Some lost there businesses while they were gone.

    I'm still seeing the same numbers in the news as before the troop increase, troops who are being added to the list of killed and injured, psychologically as well as physically.

    And don't think I don't support our troops. I support them by wanting them home. I support them getting adequate medical care both in the field and at home. It is not supporting our troops to put them in harms way. It is not supporting them to fail the care for them when they return. In my book much much of the damage to lives is murder and neglect because we still have no evidence that we should have started this debacle in the first place.

    Getting more troops killed is not how to win this war. Getting Iraqi's killed is not going to create peace or democracy for them. If you want me to believe the increase in troops has made a difference, show me the numbers.

    September 10, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. RB, from the Bay State

    Petraeus has to put a good face on this report – otherwise he looks like he can't get the job done.

    Bush has been general-shopping and Petraeus been picked to make the world believe the mess over there has gotten better, but America isn't buying it anymore.

    September 10, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    One cannot help but doubt the agenda of CNN in conducting an "opinion" poll of American's views on the surge before they have even had a chance to hear what General Petreaus has to say.

    Additionally, the fact that the CNN web-site's main story this morning purported that violence in Iraq is at an all time high and that the surge is not working further proves that CNN has an agenda here.

    September 10, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. JC, Motor City MI

    How does the American population have any idea whether or not the surge is working?

    Did you drive through Iraq on your way to work today..."sorry I'm late I took a wrong turn and got caught in Baghdad rush hour. That green zone checkpoint really kills my commute."

    September 10, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Also for the record some Democrats that have gone over there have said that the surge is working, closely followed by a followup propaganda beat down by Pelosi, Reid and others.

    Lets see whose opinion do I respect, 5 star General (who has been critical in the past) or a Judge judy watching, Dorito's eating, sit at home waiting for CNN to call individuals????

    September 10, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. JAHarris, Ellsworth, ME

    Perhaps if the media reported the positive progress in Iraq, the American public would poll differently!

    September 10, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Jack, Durham, NC

    Poll: Majority of Americans believe Iraq surge is failing

    The majority of Americans get their news from biased sources, so when are you going to tell me something that surprises me?

    All you have to do is watch one episode of Jay Leno's Jaywalking segment to know that the "Average American" can't be trusted to breath and walk at the same time, much less get the facts on what is or is not happening 6000 miles away.

    September 10, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    I don't need General Petraeus's testimony (prepared by this Republican Administration), to determine whether the surge is working.

    I have been paying attention to all that is recorded and written in all media about the war. The credibility of our government has been a joke ever since "mission accomplished". Unfortunate folk that continue to support the Invasion of Iraq, President Bush, and "The Surge" are the ones drinking the Kool-Aid. Their inability to wrap themselves around the facts day in and day out suggest they have lost touch with reality, much like their President.

    I pray for our soldiers every day, for their families and the people of Iraq. But I don't see the situation improving now or after we leave without drastic changes in the Iraqi Government. The country should never have been formed after World War I, and the only way to bring peace is to partition Iraq into three separate Republics.

    President Bush could solve this problem if he followed the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group.

    Sometimes stubborness is a vice, not a virtue.

    September 10, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. David, Livermore, CA

    Like most "polls" there's no indication of how it was conducted, where and from what population it was taken from. CNN basically pulled these numbers out of thin air like most MSM seem to be doing. Every time they do this, it's another knock on their credibility.
    Odds are the poll had an overwhelming percent of New Yorkers that actually pay attention to Clinton's Network. No suprisingly the majority of those people had Democratic leanings from the local media. So like lemmings, they follow the cues.
    At least CNN hasn't had a Dan Rather incident, yet.

    September 10, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    "A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 54 percent of Americans think the troop surge is failing..."

    And gee, now would that be? Maybe because that's what they hear in the MSM 24-7?

    Honestly folks, do you really care or trust the opinion of 1,000 people who aren't smart enough to look at their Caller ID before answering the phone? Even worse, do you really trust the opinion of someone who doesn't even HAVE Caller ID?

    Polls are useless tools for measuring anything. The only conclusion that can be effectively drawn from any poll is that apparantly 1,000 people are willing to answer polls. That's it. Period.

    September 11, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. ex-Bush supporter

    I believe that the surge is working because over 2 million Iraqis have left the area due to the religious violence against them. That leaves fewer people in the areas where the surge is concentrated, and therefore less violence which result in less deaths.
    Also – what are the specific numbers of Iraqi dead? I don't remember hearing any specific numbers when the comparisons between last year and this year's dead were given.

    September 11, 2007 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  21. Robert, Edison New Jersey

    Gee you think? We are not fighting anything as usual. We go in make a mess and then sit back and try to baby sit for a bunch of crazy people with religious beliefs that prevent them from living together in harmony. Our kids are sitting duck and coming home in boxes for nothing, my 17 year old asked why we are there. Let them kill each other. I don't agree with that but makes you think. For gods sake (since we don't separate church and state anyway) why won't our political morons work together instead of one party against the other. There is a common goal. THE PEOPLE, not their party.

    September 11, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  22. Brian

    Feel like fools now.

    January 11, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |