October 19th, 2007
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Public's mood on Iraq up slightly

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two-thirds of Americans continue to oppose the war in Iraq, but the number who say that things are getting worse in that country has dropped 15 points since June, according to a new CNN Opinion Research Corporation poll out Friday morning.

Close to 65 percent of those questioned oppose the war, up slightly from the last time we polled in September. Meanwhile, 34 percent favor the Iraq conflict, which is the exact same as last month.

Only a quarter say the situation in Iraq is improving and two-thirds say things are going badly for the U.S. in the country - but the poll suggests that the public mood on the war is slightly better than it was in June.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says “opposition to the war in Iraq may also be affecting views of what the U.S. should do in Iran.”

More than three-quarters of the public thinks that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons and providing weapons and aid to Iraqi insurgents. Nonetheless, 68 percent oppose military action against Iran.

We also asked if the government of Iran is or is not providing weapons and other support to the insurgents who are fighting the U.S. troops in Iraq. 82 percent of those polled said yes.

1,212 adult Americans were questioned for the survey. It was conducted by telephone on October 12-14, and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Iraq
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. John H

    This is the USA not Canada. Individual states already provide health care for the poor. No reason at all for the federal government to get involved with paying for health care. Most americans do not want federalized health care. I have full health insurance for my family for $40 dollars a week. How about keeping the illegals out of this country so we don't have to cover their costs when they go to hospitals for treatment?

    October 19, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. laurinda,ny

    Don't think that all people in the military want to go to Iraq, even in the green zone. They are ordered to and there is nothing they can do about it. They would rather stay in the US. Guys go over there looking normal and come back with half their face blown off and they say that people don't recognize them. Iraq was not a threat to us and we wouldn't be in this mess if that mental midget didn't want the oil and Cheney didn't want all his money for Halliburton.

    October 19, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Albee Darned, Dallas, TX

    1,212 adult Americans were questioned for the survey.

    Are these the sae 1,212 who earlier this week in CNN polls thought illegal immigration was good and the SCHIP program was good?

    Hey CNN – How about posting the questions that were asked?

    October 19, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Corey, Baltimore

    John from Boston,

    We WERE attacked before we entered WWII. Or has everyone already forgotten the Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor?

    War was declared on Germany and Italy as well as Japan because they were joined together as the Axis Powers.

    Iraq and Afghanistan are hardly the most successful wars we have ever had. They are in fact in the same league as Vietnam.

    The problem there was that we were supported by only a segment of the populous and the rest were fanatical in their opposition... and there was no way to tell one side from the other.

    It's a quagmire that WE could only resolve by killing everyone in those countries who MIGHT oppose us. So we, and THEY, are better off letting them sort things out for themselves.

    October 19, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Larry worcester ma

    Ticker: Liberals-AntiTroop americans like Clinton and Obama had now said they would NOT pull the troops out of Iraq after talking with Bush. Bush show them some evidence and now.... wow eveything has changed. Look you liberals we did not become America by backing down. Go to France where you whimps belong.

    October 19, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Ryan, Raleigh, NC

    I don't understand why people keep saying "let them sort things out for themselves." Don't you realize that they want to sort us out? If we're not over there they will be over here and I doubt they will be anywhere as diplomatic as we've been. But I guess America insists on always be retroactive. So Hillary will pull out the troops and they'll regroup and then attack us and we'll have to wait for another president who has resolve to go back over there.

    October 19, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. BC, Canada

    If the war in Iraq is now being justified by getting at the people who deestroyed the World Trade Centre, shouldn't the US be invading Saudi Arabia where most of the hijalers were from???

    ..and re Iran's nuclear program...sadly the world no longer has faith in the US administration's "intelligence" nor the real intentions of your administration..how sad how far the American reputation has fallen..

    October 19, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Trollmaster, CA

    in response to:

    Why don't you also post that a recent poll shows that almost one in five (19%) of Democrats believe that the WORLD would BE BETTER OFF IF THE U.S. LOSES IN IRAQ.

    That is scary as hell.
    Posted By Tom W – Dedham, Mass : October 19, 2007 12:45 pm

    Because there is no such poll, or you would have provided the link.

    You're just another right wing liar that knows the truth isn't on your side.

    America now knows this war was a mistake to begin with and we want to get the hell out of there.

    October 19, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. ben, san diego, ca

    It's almost comical to believe that a potential war with Iran is looming. Sadly the possibility is real. I found this post of Brickfish.com that exemplifies the worry. http://www.brickfish.com/Pages/Blogs/BlogView.aspx?bid=12072&=PPIMEMAIL_PPIMEMAIL&isep=1&pbapi=111632&pbvi=5780448&m_iraqnophobia

    October 19, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    I didn't think we were still polling Americans about this issue...What do they think we are idiots and are going to change our minds???

    October 19, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Tom Dedham, Mass

    NEW YORK — Nearly one out of every five Democrats thinks the world will be better off if America loses the war in Iraq, according to the FOX News Opinion Dynamics Poll released Thursday.

    The percentage of Democrats (19 percent) who believe that is nearly four times the number of Republicans (5 percent) who gave the same answer. Seven percent of independents said the world would be better off if the U.S. lost the war.

    Have a nice day troll.

    October 19, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Zach Louisville

    I am in favor of the war in Iraq and if american's want to point finger's then they should look to the middle east and look at Iraq's Prim Minster or whatever they call him. He's hasn't met anything our goverment has set for them. Bush need's to start looking at telling him to step down from is position and let someone else take over that can actually meet the goal's we set for them. This guy's country is in the middle of a war and he's in America (wishing this was is country) saying he don't have gay's. He need's too be in his country working on getting thing's resloved. I just hope the war will countine after bust has left!

    October 19, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Mike, NY

    "People in this country are really soft. So we know Iran is killing our troops but nobody wants to do anything about it. Bush is not weak the public is. Liberals want a weak America and that is what they are getting."

    So if you break into my next door neighbor's house and hold his family hostage, I can't do anything to help my neighbor? If I send him something to defend himself, you're entirely justified to come over to my house and hold me hostage as well?

    Iran is doing the same thing we would be doing if a foreign and hostile power was occupying Canada or Mexico. As is Russia. We are not the grand supervisors of the world. We don't belong in the Middle East, and the countries of the region have a right to defend themselves. I'm definitely not justifying the killing of Americans, but if you want American troops to be sent to Iraq to 'spread democracy and freedom,' you should be ready to accept the fact that people are going to get pissed and the surrounding nations are not going to sit idly by while we build permanent military bases. We got a little irked when the USSR tried to set up missile bases in Cuba, didn't we?

    Also, a personal question: are you in the military, Ryan? If not, why are you so excited to send others to kill and be killed? How are Americans soft because we don't want our fellow citizens to die and our money be wasted for no reason?

    October 19, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. Jolly Roger

    The Chimpletons continue to sing the same stupid chorus the moronic monkey'd pundits have been spoon-feeding them from day zero. Chimpletards, Iraq was not Nazi Germany, and Saddam wasn't Hitler. Your simian Messiah, however, definitely operates as a Stalin-like figure, and you are all modern-day Stalinists.

    I know, of course, that educating you is about as likely as getting you to enlist in the Armed Forces, so I don't even bother trying anymore.

    October 19, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Chris, FL

    The ONLY reason YOUR polls suggest that many people THINK Iran is developing nuclear weapons IS BECAUSE THE MEDIA bombards them with FALSE information. They only believe what they see on TV, which is a shame.

    You tell people there are 9 planets for 100 years without seeing them, I'm sure sheep will follow you.

    That's sad Americans. How many of you think that Iran is building weapons? Now, how many of you HAVE PROOF? How many of you are just taking the medias word? Mmm, hmm.

    October 20, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Albee Darned, Dallas, TX

    1,212 adult Americans were questioned for the survey.

    Are these the sae 1,212 who earlier this week in CNN polls thought illegal immigration was good and the SCHIP program was good?

    Are these also the same 1,212 who were polled for your 'Planet in Peril' survey entitled: "Poll shows Americans getting more concerned about global warming" ?

    These 1,212 are more influential than the Neilsen families who determine TV show ratings.

    Time to come clean CNN.

    Time to show the survey.

    What were the questions in the survey and what cities were the surveys polled in?

    What was the demographic information of the survey field?

    If you're going to continue to hump the results of this super-survey where undue influence is given tothis special group of 1,212 people, you really need to show the background information.

    October 20, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Kim, Dallas, TX

    To Chris in Florida,

    isn't it amazing that the people who backed the illegal war in Iraq due to what the administration told them was true-through the media who was afraid to say anything against the government after 911. (Check Tom Brokaw's comments following 911, or Dan Rather's) that those same people after being told that our intelligence was faulty still maintain that the government and media are telling us all the truth. Even after the government changed it's mind about why we had to go to war with Iraq. I remember us giving Saddam a chance to disclose his weapons by writing all of it in a document. He turned it over when it was due and we ignored that. Our government convinced the public that there were ties between Iraq and 911 and the 911 commission found nothing to tie them together. (I watched Cheney lie to the public on Meet The Press after the 911 commission came out about Iraq being involved in 911, he said he had knowledge that the 911 commission did not...I wonder why he didn't disclose that all important knowledge...because it wasn't true?) Our government was advised by many with great knowledge of international relations not to go to war there, but they never listened and never planned ahead. Our government then tried to manipulate the UN by telling them Iraq was buying materials to build nuclear weapons, but that was proven false as well, and Valerie Plame can tell you what it's like to speak against the present government. We are now left with the idea that we are there fighting for freedom, since there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found. I get very discouraged with our ignorant population. Although, I do understand their mentality, it's difficult to think your government would out right lie or manipulate things. The truth is out there to find though. All one needs to do is look up PNAC and you will see that we were a pawn in a greater scheme created by Bush and his croanies. Haliburton and Blackwater have gained so much from the illegal war in Iraq. Our reputation worldwide is very tarnished. Other countries cannot believe how ignorant we are, or how trigger happy we appear to be.

    Those bashing Clinton or Obama for their stance on Iraq have no one other than Bush to blame, or the ignorant congress that allowed him ultimate power to go to war. Bush had ulterior motives. Clinton and Obama recognize that there are no good choices when it comes to this quagmire that Bush has created. If we leave right away, there will be much disaster and devastation that we allowed to open. If we stay it will be much the same as Viet Nam. So what seems to be the best strategy is a slow withdrawal and hope for the best....thank you so much Bush.

    I am not anti American, but one who loves their country and misses what we used to stand for. People have gotten very complacent when it comes to Iraq. They know that congress doesn't appear to be able to do anything to rectify the situation and Bush vetoes everything anyway, so apathy has taken the place of hope for withdrawal.

    October 20, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Paul,London

    According to memoirs written by ex-Bush Adm.officials,like George Tenet,Paul O'Neal...etc;and according to journalists,like Bob Novak and Bob Woodward...etc;and according to media outlets,like NYT,WP,CNN,Fox...etc...etc
    the names mentioned most for lies and misleading the American people prior to, and after, the invasion of Iraq were:Cheney and Rumsfeld(oil);Lewis Libby and Elliot Abrams(Cheney's office),and Paul Wolfowitz,Doug Feith and Richard Perle(Rumsfeld's office)-the Israelis in the Bush Administration.The above names caused the death of 100's of thousands of innocent Americans and Iraqis.Are they ever going to be brought to Justice?

    October 22, 2007 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
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