November 9th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
7 years ago

White House on CNN Poll: Changes in perception take time

CNN's Bill Schneider reports on the partisan divide in the latest Iraq poll numbers.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Reacting to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday that indicates Americans' opposition to the Iraq war has reached an all time high, the White House cited recent successes in the country and said it takes time for perceptions of the war to change.

“The American people want our troops to succeed in Iraq, and it may take some time for perceptions to change back here, but the evidence on the ground in Iraq is clear: the surge is succeeding in bringing greater security in Iraq," White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.

"And as the president has said, with continued success we can begin to bring troops home," he added. "As our troops are clearly succeeding on the ground in Iraq, they deserve our undivided support."

The poll, released earlier Thursday, showed 68 percent of Americans oppose the war in Iraq.

– CNN's Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report


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  1. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Those in the White House are wasting their time trying to convince people to change their minds– the liberals who want our nation to fail in the Middle East are unwilling to admit any progress that is being made because it hurts their agenda for the upcoming election. The hatred for Bush and others in the administration is so extreme that they don't care that the terrorists and their protectors (Iran, Syria, etc.)are listening to all the childish name-calling and backbiting. Is it any wonder they think Americans have no spine when the going gets rough? At least Bush has enough fortitude to finish a job, unlike those in the Democrat Party who start out strong but turn their backs on a job when it becomes too much to bear!

    November 9, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Pathetic and preposterous. Is this the best that they can do?

    November 9, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. ano to

    Never heard of this poll being held by no other than CNN the Dem, channel.
    Every republican I have spoke to, does not support bush and this political power war. Republicans want our troop out of Iraq. anybody dumb enough to believe in a poll from CNN, welcome to the North American Union.

    November 9, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Yep, if our military & country can hang in there for another 5 or 10 years, we ought to end up with-NOTHING !

    November 9, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Things are going well in Iraq??? For whom? Maybe the insurgents.....

    How many more of our soldiers and Iraqi civilians have to die before we figure out that this war was lost a long time ago????

    November 9, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Rob, San Diego CA

    Does anyone notice that Ryan in Indianapolis is consistenly one of the first folks on the board spouting out the President's Rhetoric like a blind sheep?

    Ryan, the reactions that you receive in response to these posts is proof positive that YOU are clearly in the minority and that the so-called "liberal media" polls actually represent how the majority of America views the current administration and world events.

    If you don't believe me, look at the HUNDREDS of responses to your idiotic posts on just about every topic on the Political Ticker and tell me what you see!

    November 9, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Matt, Houston, TX

    "As our troops are clearly succeeding on the ground in Iraq, they deserve our undivided support."

    The troops HAVE our undivided support. What we do not support are policies that put them in harms way for no reason and into a fight that has no military solution. Bush likes to use our volunteer military to shame us into feeling guilty for disagreeing with his failed policies. If you ask me the people who use the military to propogate their own agenda are the ones who don't support the troops.

    November 9, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Is anyone else nauseated by the lies, rhetoric and spin-doctoring constantly coming from the White House? I think I'd fall on my face if they ever told the truth about anything.

    November 9, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Bill Clinton, DC

    History will show that Bush was right on the Mideast

    November 9, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. T. Tim, Lodi, Wi

    W say, "...our troops are clearly succeeding on the ground in Iraq,..." They are dying on the ground in Iraq. 2007 is the worst year yet for casualities. That is success?

    November 9, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    Ryan in Indianapolis, Brad in Texas, and Jon in Sacramento are Bush toadies. While we're on the subject of "not listening to polls," feel free to plug your ears, but you can't deny the written facts - Bush is an emasculated corporate lap dog who has lied over and over again about his war in Iraq and the fact that it's all about the oil over there. Because if it were about keeping us safe, we'd be looking for bin Laden and not making the Pakistanis do it for us.

    November 9, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Hank , Fort Myers, FL

    Brad in TX said: "At least Bush has enough fortitude to finish a job, unlike those in the Democrat Party who start out strong but turn their backs on a job when it becomes too much to bear!"

    Hey Brad, what about all those members of G.W.'s own party who've lept off his train? The truth is–the President launched this ill-advised war against the views of many senior military generals, and even his own State Department secretary. Instead of listening to the logic–he (childlessly) eliminated all dissent by making those people resign or firing them and replacing them with "yes people". Well now the yes men (and women–sorry ladies) are gone, his true-blue and loyal advisors (those people he forced to leave or fired remember)are not advising him any more. He cannot change course, he cannot accept that his prosecution of this war was a very serious and stupid mistake because it would brung great discredit to his own place in history–and to the political efforts of the whole GOP for decades to come. So like a man strapped to a train–he holds on tight and prays he can turn this over to somebody soon!! You see, he can't give up. I don't think he really cares who gets elected–he just wants the monkey off of his own back! In summary, everybody around him with the exception of a few–have quit. He can't so he hangs on. Even Cheney is hiding away like G.W. has the plague!! But, the civilians (kids too) in Iraq are still suffering and dying, our troops are still dying and getting maimed/disabled, the situtation is definitely not better. In fact, I think most Iraqi's would prefer old Saddham back–he was brutal, and he was corrupt–but he kept food on the table and the electricity and water on. And there was relative security and peace for the average Iraqi. His arrogance and naive assessments of the aftermath of his actions caused all this–an he will deserve be run out of the White House when it comes. The sooner the better.

    November 9, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. GetUsOutNow

    Even the troops want out of this God forsaken "war". It's not a war, there's no clearly defined enemy so there can be no clear victory. This is a total quagmire and we all know it's for private interests and oil. Why do people continue to justify this rubbish? If you really "support the troops" you would want them to come home not fight and die in a phony war to line the pockets of Cheney and the rest of BushCo's cronies.

    November 9, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. sevens7777 Frisco, Tx

    Heres the real problem with the country we live in when it comes to foreign lands and our politics. 1. The backing of revolutions and supporting revolutionary leaders who are on our side until they get in power i.e. Castro and etc. 2. Going into countries and talking certain groups in trying to revolting i.e. the Iraqis that were gassed, it just wasn't a test. As far as the US being defeated, we do a pretty good job on ourselves, look at all the in fighting we are doing on the war. Its amazing how many Jane Fondas we have in this country and some of those were elected. And the wasy this country is going its not much fun anymore.

    November 9, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Anonymous, Arlington, VA

    Boy, there are a lot of morons commenting to this ticker. Everyone is self-righteous and totally convinced their preferred news outlets are neutral. Hog wash! Many of us are tired of hearing all these baseless and mindless partisan accusations of malfeasance and profiteering. You people are playing right into the hands of politicians that depend on division and infighting for political gain. What sheep!!!

    November 9, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    Hank , Fort Myers, FL

    You have no idea what you are talking about. Yes, Colin Powell was very reserved about the war, but he is not "against" it. Powell is a soldier, and he has repeatly said the decision of a war rest on the president, and it is never his position to "for or against" a war. He never made any recommendation on going or not going to Iraq. He only warned Bush about "If you break it, you owe it", which is once we invaded Iraq, it is our responsbility and we cannot leave until the job is done. Powell's view is completely opposed from you, so stop lying about what Powell believes. There is a very good reason why Colin Powell donated $2300 (maxmium allowed) to John McCain in this election, and nobody else. Maybe you can explain to me why he donate his money to the only pro-war and pro-surge, most hawkish candidate.

    As for Iraqis, most Sunnis prefers Saddam, but overall, most Iraqis still prefer this chaos than Saddam. Kurds certainly do not want the old days, and neither the Shias. Since Kurds and Shias made up the 80% of the population, you are just wrong. There is a recent poll on Iraqis, and again the poll shows Iraqis feel still prefer today than Saddam.

    November 9, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Frank Prieto Palmdale, CA

    Of course we are succeeding, that's what the rich people "Republicans" are saying you know why mafia OIL, OIL, OIL, OIL, OIL, OIL, OIL, OIL, OIL.

    November 9, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. therealist

    2003 65% favor, 35% oppose
    2007 22% favor, 68% oppose

    Polls don't mean much when 33% of Americans are wondering sheep..

    November 9, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. Tammy Reyes, Hayesville,North Carolina

    I certainly would like to see our troops come home now.We have no reason to be over there. The true reason why we are over there is to protect all those oil fields, so the top 3 oil companies can continue to rake in billions of dollars to go into their pockets, while the working class man has to pay over $3.00 a gallon for gas. I pray for all of our troops safety and come home, but Americans need to wake up and see what is really going on.

    November 10, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. Anonymous, Washington DC

    "I certainly would like to see our troops come home now.We have no reason to be over there. The true reason why we are over there is to protect all those oil fields, so the top 3 oil companies can continue to rake in billions of dollars to go into their pockets, while the working class man has to pay over $3.00 a gallon for gas. I pray for all of our troops safety and come home, but Americans need to wake up and see what is really going on."

    Life must be very simple down there in Hayesville,North Carolina . Must be wonderful to have such a clear view of the world...or is it a cynical view of the US?

    November 10, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  21. Ralph Smith

    Why is Hillary Clinton planting questions in here new events? Is Senator Clinton taking a page out of FEMA's phony press conference playbook?

    November 11, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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