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. Dan in NY

    I am absolutely amazed that there are people here criticizing the President's stop in Iraq. Regardless of your opinions of his policies, there is no way anyone could possibly twist this stop in Iraq into a negative thing. What could POSSIBLY be wrong with the Commander in Chief visiting the troops and military commanders on the ground, seeing the conditions first hand, and meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister? The morale boost to the troops who serve the Commander in Chief with no questions asked alone makes the trip worthwhile!

    April 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Beth

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

    April 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Southerner

    Funny that "his" plan is actually identical to the one Bush had put forth, yet Obama is given credit for "ending" the war, when it was already winding down when he took office.


    April 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. get the boys home

    it is time to let the iraqis rule themselves and get our boys home

    enough is enough, let the iraqis try, it will never be perfect, they need to walk and then run, but if they don't try themselves, they won't move in the direction of their own country, but instead continue the occupation mindset

    April 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Charles Atlanta

    Yes. The remaining 30% are all Limbaugh's followers. We have to put a closure on 9/11. Guess what, Bush blew up the chance to close the war on Afghanistan and we ended up with two wars and cost trillions of dollars.

    April 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Barbara - Atlanta

    Mr. President...you are amazing. You are the best!!

    April 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Objective Thinking

    Bush already signed an agreement to withdraw our presence from Iraq by 2011... just to put things in perspective.

    April 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. I'm king of the world

    Do you get the feeling that Obama sees the presidency as a steppingstone?

    April 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Wayne, ca

    Great Job President Obama.

    Don't listen to these crazy republicans, they are out of touch anyways.

    April 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Great Idea

    Of course Americans do. We discussed it for a year and a half.

    I'll wait for the party of NO ideas to make up a new history to match their made up present. You guys ought to work in Hollywood. The creativity is unmatched.

    April 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Brandon

    I am a proud Republican, and I to agreed that we should have invaded Iraq. I also agree with getting the troops out of Iraq. But one thing you all need to remember, this was not just about WMD's, whih by the way were found in the form of toxic gases buried underground, but thes was also about freeing the Iraqi people from a horrible dictator, which we did very quickly! Plus, don't get all proud thinking Obama has set a date for the troops to be out of Iraq, that is the media blinding you with worthless lies. Bush and the Iraqi Government decided that 2010 would be a good time to get out, Obama just set the final date, so once again, there was already a course of action in place, Obama just finished the lightwork. Bush and his adminastration did a good job in Iraq. I have 3 family members in the military that agree and a Brother that works there as a contractor that agrees as well. Stop depending on the media to make up your mind. Get the facts first!

    April 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Johnny from VA

    Why does Obama keep saying "I'm not naive"? That is making his being naive even worse by then lying about it. Please stop saying that, just say your piece and get off the stage quickly.

    April 7, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. WDRussell

    Well I disagree only because it isn't happening fast enough.
    Iraq has been a disaster from day one and the sooner we put it behind us the better.

    April 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Scott

    We can not get out of Iraq fast enough.
    Now, let's take the same apporach in Afghanistan. For the past 1500 years no one has been able to wage a successful military campaign there. Does anyone remember what happened in the 80's to the Russians?

    April 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Robin

    @ Charles Atlanta,

    How is this bringing closure to 9/11? Are you liberals really that narrow minded?

    April 7, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Mark

    You mean the plan McCain campaigned on not Obama???

    April 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. KMP

    The Iraq War has cost the American people a staggering amount of dollars, but more importantly the staggering cost of life. I know loss of life is apart of war, but I as an American can never get used to the idea. I am glad we are making steps towards getting out of Iraq. We have been there far too long, and it looks like there was no real reason for us to be there in the first place. It is time for the Iraqi people to act like adults and stand on their own two feet and live like human beings. I believe America has sacrificed more than enough. It is time to give our men and women in our Armed Forces some much needed rest, Afghanistan awaits them. Thank you, Mr. President for doing a great job.

    April 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Mike Kromer

    300,000,000 Americans and they polled just over 1,000. Nice.


    April 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Nancy

    For those of you who say President Obama needs to listen to military–HE IS. Neither the far left 19% or the 11% far right in this poll are dealing with reality. He is assessing each situation with a lot of input from a lot of knowledgeable people and adjusting accordingly. His mission overseas began the change of tone and began building relationships. Through strong relationships things can get done, but it takes time. President Bush could not or would not build relationships and it cost us dearly. The polls show most Americans realize how complicated our world is and "one size does not fit all." I, for one, am thrilled to see intelligence and thoughtfulness back in the White House-the world seems to think so too.

    April 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Great Idea

    If every great idea Obama has is really something W or McCain thought of first, then why don't you like Obama more?

    April 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Proud American

    Great job Mr. President.

    April 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Sniffit

    @ Slider, who said "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"."

    Well, isn't this the epitome of crazy? So your justification for Iraq being a necessary, righteous war is that some secret reason only beknownst to you and those "in the know" exists, but you fully admit that the ones that were publicly given to convince the American public and Congress to support the war were big fat lies? Let's here it for rational thought!

    Here's a hint for you: taking down dictators who refuse to kowtow to our demands, while propping up others who do (Musharef), is hypocritical and horrible foreign policy that only serves to weaken the trust other nations have or could have in us. Moreover, fighting a war in order to secure control over another country's natural resources is immoral at the basest of levels. Lastly, Iraq was not a massive harbor for terrorists until we moved in, at whic point that phenomenon grew immensely, and the FACTS and EVIDENCE show that our involvement in Iraq and the ancillary action we took, such as opening Gitmo, have had the paradoxical effect of increasing terrorist recruitment, destroying countless Iraqi families and angering an entire generation of Iraqi boys/men...with the Bushtard and Cheneybot taking their rightful places as poster children for that recruitment.

    April 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Ghost

    Objective, Bush did do that, after Obama suggested he would do it. Still, the man is stickig to his guns.

    Ummm, McCain was pushing for more troops in Iraq.

    April 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. NC

    now we need to elect a republican in 2012 to clean up the BIG MESS that the democrats are making............obama is so full of himself, he needs to think of the American People first............

    April 7, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's past time for America to lead and stop fighting wars that result in death and destruction without honor. There can be no peace in the world without diplomacy and that's why Obama gets respect from foreign countries which is long needed.

    April 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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