April 7th, 2009
10:06 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama in Iraq: Americans approve of his plan, says poll

(CNN) - As President Obama makes an unannounced stop in Iraq, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Americans overwhelmingly support the president's plan to remove the majority of U.S. troops from the country by August of next year.

Just under 70 percent of Americans approve of Obama's plan to remove most troops in Iraq by next August while keeping 35,000-50,000 troops there past that date. Thirty percent of Americans oppose that plan.

Of the 30 percent who oppose the plan, 19 percent want all troops removed as soon as possible while 11 percent say all troops should stay indefinitely.

The new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also showed 63 percent of Americans oppose the War in Iraq while 35 percent approve.

The poll, conducted between April 3-5, interviewed 1,023 adult Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus three points.

Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The President campaigned on ending the war and that's what he is doing. Carry on Mr. President.

    April 7, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Sue M

    The 19 percent must be McCain, Chaney/Bush followers......which you can see is almost NONE........whats this tell the Republicans? Even if it tells them they need to make some drastic changes in their party, do you think they will? NO.......

    April 7, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. wasabe kid

    Let us remember that 90% of us supported President Bush's invasion of Iraq in the beginning. I did too. Colin Powell's speech before the UN convinced me that we needed to do something about the WMDs in Iraq, which ultimately were found not to exist. If you are 30 or older, you probably supported it too. (If you are in your 20s, you were just a kid in 2002 and you are not responsible.)

    The next time an Administration tries to stampede us into a war, let's all remember how much better off we would be now if we had had a good debate about our Iraq policy.

    April 7, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. phoenix86

    What Obama has shown on his tour is that his foreign policy is as flawed as his domestic policy. He threatened North Korea, saying violations will be punished, then did nothing but offer the US to reduce its nuclear stockpile.

    The overwhelming success of Obama's presidency belongs to America's enemies, who will be strengthened over the next four years.

    But at least Obama was reminded that China still has a veto in the UN security counsel and that Austrian is not a language.

    April 7, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. munchmom

    Well, it is about time he paid attention to our American troops! He has been over there tooting his own horn about how everyone should love the US and he hasn't bothered to show any love to our men and women serving us over in Iraq, so it is about time! Will he give a campaign speech to these guys trying to explain why Gates is cutting the defense spending budget? He had better, because that is a grave mistake and shows how this administration thinks that our military don't deserve the very best in defense. Come home, Obama, quit campaigning and start governing, not just overtaking.

    April 7, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. zaphod2000

    Stay safe everyone. Good to see you care about our troops and their (our) future where Iraq is concerned

    April 7, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Freed_From_W

    I'll take the current plan, seeing as it's much better than the "100 years of war" that McCain and the GOP want, but 35,000-50,000 troops is still an occupation.

    April 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Claudette

    My support of President Obama is unwavering. He is doing the job we hired him to handle. Under circumstances we can only begin to imagine, President Obama is making the decisions of a true American leader.

    Please support President Obama's budget so we can clean up the other mess from the previous administration.

    April 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. jaye

    Our President is getting it done... he's isn't setting back waiting for things to happen, he's setting the course.
    He's an excellent President (no matter what the naysayers and the media say).

    April 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Ex-military in Texas

    Unlike most people here, I don't care what Americans think. I do care however about what the military commanders on the ground think. And that is what Obama should be doing....listening to them, not the American people. If you listen to the American people you increase the risk of being right back over there.

    Also, don't get so excited yet. Those soldiers aren't being brought home. They're being brought back to the bases to retrain for deployment to Afghanistan. We're simply moving the theater of operation, not ending a war. And if you think we had casualties in Iraq, wait until you are fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan. Hello Vietnam the Sequel.

    April 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Tim

    We support you 100% Mr. President.

    April 7, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Jerry American

    Yes the war was virtually over thanks to Bush , BHO is just cleaning up after a great success in Iraq.

    April 7, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Maggie from Virginia

    Hoorah! God speed, Mr. President.

    April 7, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. rob

    cut and run baby the american way lets Europe handle it

    April 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Mike Dallas

    Another campaign promise kept!

    Keep up the great work President Obama!

    April 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. alvino

    After Bush's Folly in Iraq, I find it hard to believe that 11% of those polled still want us to stay there indefinitely.

    April 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Jim Hall

    Good heavens we now have a President that is going to get us all out of that mess and hopefully Afghanistan. Bring everybody back home and TAKE CARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR A CHANGE Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    April 7, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Nero

    Lets' see...70% support can't be that bad. I for one supports him 100% so too are millions who believe he is doing the right thing.

    April 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    This will definitely push the haters over the edge!! GO BARACK!!

    April 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Blusky

    My support for you President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is unwavering .
    You are the light and we love you .

    April 7, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. stag

    BHO's lack of experience and common sense continues on display for the world to see. Well, at least he showed North Korea who's boss. And, Iran is worried now also.

    But not to worry folks, BHO is cutting back on the defence budget for new wepon systems. Peace, love, and joy will soon settle over the world, all thanks to BHO.

    April 7, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Patrick

    I think President Obama is doing a great job considering he's cleaning up after 8 years of failed policies and the bad blood they created.

    What we need is intelligent planning and execution, not 'bring it on' grandstanding that only serves to create more terrorists. Obama is bringing America back to its place in the world.

    April 7, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Slider

    It's sad that the majority of Americans want to remove our troops in Iraq when the overwhelming majority of Americans cannot even be bothered with learning why we are in there in the first place.

    I'll give the slow-witted ones a hint: it isn't because we were supposed to find WMD, or that this is "Bush's War".

    April 7, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Gee isn't leaving 35-50,000 troops there 'indefinitely' a lot like what McCain recommended? Funny how he won't commit to a timetable for pulling those troops out saying it depends on conditions...just like McCain. Not saying I disagree with the strategy, but it's McCain's strategy, not Obama's. I'm way more worried about the announced gutting of key defense programs like F-22. How do you support our troops while at the same time not giving them the tools they need?

    April 7, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Beth

    Yes, the he can now start withdrawing troops, thanks to the surge that he voted AGAINST

    April 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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