September 19th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Post-Petraeus poll results

Watch Bill Schneider's report on public opinion after last week's Iraq Report Card.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Did last week's speech by President Bush and Congressional testimony by Gen. David Petraeus change public opinion about the Iraq war? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on two polls that provide some answers.

Full story: Polls: Bush, Petraeus didn't change public views on Iraq

Related: Iraq Report Card

Filed under: Iraq • President Bush
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  1. franksmithmi

    CNN polls are rigged. Everyone knows that. Polls no longer carry believability. The age of polls is long gone.

    September 18, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The increasingly sharp debate has only solidified my opposition to the war, and I hope it has the intended effect of a "slow bleed" of support for it.

    September 18, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. Pat white King NC 27021

    No, I think Petraus said exactly what Bush told him to say. No one there has a mind or opinion of their own. Just Bush Cronies. They do what they are told and nothing else. Bush runs this world and every does what they are told or they are gone.

    September 19, 2007 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  4. Brendan, San Antonio, TX


    Bush's base says to stay in – a minority of people I might add, but none the less the only barometer Bush will listen to at this time!!!

    Truly scary!!!

    But, then again, this is the same base that looks at the Flintstones as a documentary. Or, better yet, according to recent polls, 70%+ of them still "know" that Saddam was behind 9/11!!!

    Time for Bush's Base to don the aluminum hats!!!

    September 19, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    As any marketing executive will tell you, just because you change the label on the box of laundry detergent to read "new and improved packaging", doesn't mean what's inside is "new and improved". This is business and marketing 101 – no wonder Bush has failed at every business endeavor he's ever involved himself in.

    September 19, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. C, Sacramento, CA

    Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder...just who are they polling when they conduct these polls? Hmmmm...

    September 19, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    CNN must have every liberal that wants to support fascist Islam on speed dial.

    September 19, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Art, LaPlace, LA

    The General's testimony did increase my disgust with so many of our Congressional members. If they were only as valuable to this country as they seem to think they are, we would not have any problems.

    September 19, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Hey Dan in Columbia,
    I'm in no way excusing Radical Islam... all of us realize what a threat it is to world stability. However, it's Bush and Cheney's policies that very much parallel what was going on in Germany in the 1920's and 1930's. And we all know how that one turned out. THAT was fascism.

    September 19, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Art, LaPlace, LA, I agree with you. As Lord Acton said, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Let's face it. Our politicians and leaders at all levels don't give a fig about the Constitution. Their oaths are lies the minute they leave their mouths. Unfortunately, I don't think your average American cares anymore for the Constitution than the arrogant trash they elect to office year after year.

    September 19, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    Posted By Dan (Columbia, MD) : September 19, 2007 11:24 am

    Do you even know what facism means?

    September 19, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Pete, T.S. FL

    The lie is simply not being accepted anymore. America is tired of the be afraid mentality. The failure has been well documented and America is no longer bying the "fight them over there" crap.......

    September 19, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. harvey mintz

    I'm more concerned about fascist fundamentalist Christians than fascist Muslims. Many more of the first in this country. Including one in the WH.

    September 19, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Brian Whitaker, Dallas, TX

    Petraeus's last ditch biased pitch didn't make any mind change on patriotic americans. As these americans read and keep their eyes open. Those who are blindly following Bush's philosophy are pathetic loosers. There is no difference between illiterate Taliban followers and these ignorant bunch. Its a common sense that military can't handle extra 30,000 which they have to rotate. And, Petraeus is fooling everyone by declaring that he wants to bring 30,000 troops home by next year. Enough of this BS! Start bringing our men/women before christmas. They don't have be policing in the middle of CIVIL WAR.

    September 19, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Its kind of funny as I read through the comments – there are those who know that General Petraeus is "biased" and "lying" – its like those who blame high gas prices on the Bush administration. All of this is Democrat rhetoric. You have no proof of this...just your view of common sense...the same common sense that will have you holding Hillary signs up and saying "but she said that a socialist, mandated universal healthcare system would be a good thing...and it won't raise taxes" – ask the Canadians – they have a 60% tax rate – why not use them as a test for Hillarycare – why?? (btw....oil is traded as a commodity on the international market....Dems...start reading....and maybe we all need to vote for the only moderate left right wingers....just Rudy)

    September 19, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. James, Phoenix AZ

    General Petraeus didn't change the minds of the American People??

    PLEASE... how many Americans (percentage) actually heard General Petraeus give his full testimony? I'd bet less than 10%!!

    How many media outlets reported the Moveon.Org ad, Hillary Clinton's "Willing Suspension of Disbelief", etc? 100%!!

    Should we be surprised of this outcome?

    September 19, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Coach Haughton

    I just dont understand the logic behind the notion that anyone who opposes bad policy by the president is considered unpatriotic or a traitor.
    Thats why we have the first amendment to the Constitution.
    You think Vietnam was good?
    You think Iraq is good?
    Read a book about iraq and the opposing sects of Islam and then you will realize how dumb you are for regurgitating Karl Rove rhetoric.

    September 19, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. KD, Dallas, TX

    Facism: regime that exalts nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. Those of us who have been paying attention these past six plus years do see aspects of this in the Bush administration. Those who are power hungry can ultimately destroy the freedoms that we all cherish. Fear should never be used as a catalyst for an election. That is just wrong. We have seen time and time again how Bush handles those in opposition and clearly supports those who are completely inadequate at their jobs just because they support completely what he expects. I believe Petraeus should be respected for what he does for our country, but let's face it, he does what he is told. Anyone in the military knows you do not disagree with your supreme chief.

    September 20, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    I think the Petraus report said exactly what Bush told him to say. As it is said in the South, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

    September 20, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  20. John Smith, McLean, VA

    Democrate Senators and Reps by supporting's Ad betrayed the all men and women in uniform. The politians directed the military to go into Iraq not the men and women in uniform.

    September 20, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. companyone


    General Petrarus is a very honorable man who's has dedicated his life to OUR country. Also has the Bronze Star Medal for valor.


    Gen. David H. Petraeus
    Commanding General ~~ Multi-National Force – Iraq

    General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the Multi-National Force-Iraq on February 10th, 2007, following his assignment as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Prior to assuming command at Ft. Leavenworth, he was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission- Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005.

    That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the “Screaming Eagles” in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.

    General Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander – Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    General Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

    Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm.

    He is a Master Parachutist and is Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings.

    In 2005 he was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders

    Liar...I think not.

    General David Betray Us

    September 21, 2007 04:24 am at 4:24 am |