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. straighttalker

    More than three-quarters of the public thinks that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons and providing weapons and aid to Iraqi insurgents.

    Now that's real news. Didn't see it on a CNN headline? Hmmm.......

    October 19, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Louis, Trenton, NJ

    Things will continue to get worse in Iraq until U.S. and coalition forces leave. The primary cause of Islamic extremism is U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and our being there only aggravates the problem. The American people are waking up, and there's nothing the establishment can do about it.

    October 19, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Matt, Chicago

    Was a question asked whether or not people believe the Saudis were funding Sunni militants? oh, i forgot – that's a non-story for some reason.

    October 19, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Can one gain a position of work in Iraq without a gun or gun training?

    Humanity fights wars with applied Work ethic.

    October 19, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. laurinda,ny

    I never was for that war and now I think we have reached the point of no return. It is a complete mess over there and we should just bring our soldiers home and let those middle easterners fight their own battles. Now Bush has gotten us into WW111 and he should be impeached as soon as possible. Actually, I think it is to late the damage has been done. I am very afraid of Russia.

    October 19, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. pat, huntington, ny

    How can things get better in Iraq? Bush and the rest of the republicans messed it up so badly it will never ever recover.

    October 19, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Bob


    Let’s demand all politicians release disclose all earmarks pork-barrel.

    What are the chances of that..



    October 19, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Tom in Phoenix Arizona

    Does anyone know how this survey was worded? Example:

    Circle one answer:
    A – Do you think the Iraq war is bad
    B – Do you think the Iraq war is good

    October 19, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Jonas Armstrong, Albuquerque, NM

    The reason that this number has risen is that it is impossible for it to fall any lower. Although it is depressing, there will always be those 33 percenters, the "real" conservatives, who will blindly follow whatever the current administration and its neo-con cronies wish. This is not a partisan argument at all, polling patterns show that (when a clearly partisan question is asked) one third will usually side with the "Democratic" position, one third will back the "Republican" view, and the other third actually ends up making the difference between the other two.

    October 19, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. wills, wheaton, il.

    there were 58,000 deaths in Vietnam, so how can anyone say this Iraq war is worse?

    October 19, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. matt, coppell, tx

    This poll just shows how misinformed and stupid the people of this country are. How do any of us really know what is going on over there? From watching corporate news networks like CNN, MSNBC, Faux News, etc? The bush administration and these news networks use white wash, PR tactics and spin to shape our opinions on this disaster!

    The Govt and the administration know how stupid joe schmoe american is, and with some clever PR, they can make us support anything.

    Educate yourself America!!

    Ever wonder why there are no images or coverage of the wounded american soldiers or any of the other horror over there? because the mainstream media and the white house know the power of images and if american was exposed to the actuall horror of this war, i bet far fewer then 35% would support it.

    May our children forgive us.....

    October 19, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Billy, Baltimore, MD

    Apparently, people think that "only" 13 US servicemembers dead in the first half of October is good news. Im sorry, but it's still 13 too many! An average of 26 dead per month is no reason to celebrate.

    October 19, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Nora Ooi, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Reports that casualty or deaths in Iraq is down in the month of September 2007 and claim success, shows shows a lack of understanding in Iraq. The month of Sepetember is Ramadhan, the month of fasting and religious month for the Muslims – and thus less violence. Advisors to the White House, generals and others involved, suggest a lack of understanding the cultures in the region they desire to occupy, OR they are using facts to the advantage and tap on the ignorance of the American people.

    October 19, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. bret, atl, ga

    Hey Wills in Wheaton (that's amusing, Will Wheaton was on Star Trek wasn't he?) –

    Just give Iraq some more time (which is what all the candidates save Ron Paul and Kucinich want to do). The body counts are actually quite similar if you compare the conflicts at the same amount of time elapsed.

    October 19, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Tom W - Dedham, Mass

    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.

    October 19, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Justin, Brooklyn Park, MN

    Nice, Willis! Real caring. Leave it to an Iraq war supporter to base the current situation of a war on how many people have died. It's idiots like him who won't realize the screw-up until thousands upon thousands of people have experienced the pain and loss of losing someone, Iraqi or American. That sickens me!

    October 19, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Marcia, Boulder, CO

    I am always ashamed of the American people when they cite the number of deaths in a war and only include American deaths, as wills from wheaton has done. The Iraq war has caused far more than 50,000 IRAQUI deaths! We are killing them, and they are killing each other, at a far faster rate than under Saddam. Nor is the death toll the only measure that should be applied to a war. The Iraq war was unprovoked and it is immoral. Doesn't that count for anything?

    As for Iran, what if they are developing nukes? Don't we have nukes? Aren't we a dangerous nation? We invade countries who don't threaten us. We torture people. Our people and our press are less free than those in the rest of the developed world. (Look it up.) We should fix our foreign policy and regain the moral high ground before we DARE try to tell any other nation what it may or may not do.

    October 19, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Prabhu, San Diego, CA

    Way to go Marsha from Boulder. It is sourl searching time for United States after the illegal and immoral attack on Iraq, a sovereign country who did not, repeat did not attack or even threaten to attack us. Bush should be tried in an international court for genocide. We have lost our moral high ground and have no right to preach others what we don't practice. Jesus would be ahsamed of this government's actions both in and out of this great country under this rotten, unelected and illegal Bush presidency.

    October 19, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Right on Matt! No top news sources are reporting on how the Saudis are supplying arms. Amazing how Iran is evil and Saudi Arabia isn't.

    As to the death toll, I think the figure of 50,000 Iraqis is extremely low. And don't forget the wounded and permanently disabled.

    As to the American death figures... does anybody know... do the troops who die AFTER being evacuated from Iraq count as part of the war dead figures that the gov. releases????

    October 19, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. David, Dallas Tx

    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/

    Does that mean 1) more Americans think things are turning around....

    Or 2) that things are now so bad it'd be hard to get worse?

    If I'd been polled, I would have been one of those 15% whose views have shifted. But it wouldn't be because of explanation #1.

    October 19, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. John, Boston, MA

    Marcia, you are way of base. War is sometimes necessary to bring peace. Why is it that liberals always blame the US for everything? Hitler wasn't exactly attacking the US when we joined the war. WW2 brought peace to millions of people. I don't believe that Slobo attacked the US either. Anyone who studies history knows that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were the most successful in American History. When else has the US overthrown 2 governments with minimal casulties?

    There is a big problem in the middle east. Quite a few muslims hate us not only for our policy but for because they hate our culture. They hate the fact that women have rights, they hate the fact that gays have rights, they hate the fact that most US people do not worship Mohammad. Thanks to all servicemen and servicewomen who willingly put their lives on the line to protect our country and interests abroad.

    October 19, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Zeus Racine, WI

    For wills: There were 58,000 AMERICAN deaths in Vietnam – there were more than 500,000 women, children and babies killed by these brave AMERICAN service people!
    What do you REALLY THINK is happening in Iraq?

    October 19, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Ryan Indianapolis

    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.

    October 19, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Stefan, Raleigh, NC

    Hey straighttalker! If you like war in Iraq, you'll love war in Iran. It's 3x the size and doesn't have competing factions like Iraq. Plus Bush's buddy Putin is backing Iran. Anybody who believes Dubya and Fox news is a used-car salesman's wet dream!

    October 19, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Toronto

    Is it because the president almost bankrupted the country's finances with his policies, he refuses to support health care initiatives for children (his future soldiers if war in Iraq continues)?

    October 19, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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