April 7th, 2009
10:06 AM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Joan , Ontario

    It was quite a coinicidence about the the timing of the Bush administration starting to come around about removing troops. from Iraq. They had been saying no way and that such talk was spineless, cowardly and a sign of surrender. McCain inferred that several times during the campaign. Then just as Sen. Obama went to Iraq last summer during his campaign trip, the leader of Iraq supported almost exactly what Sen. Obama was proposing. He agreed with Mr. Obama's plans openly which must have been a huge embarassment for the Bush administration and Sen. McCain. Anyway, thank goodness Pres. Obama won the election and there already seems to be a feeling of more peace and stability in the world. It's about time.

    April 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Denker

    Reading comments below it appears that the problem with the obvious black OR white thinking pattern of the Republican part of our nation seems to be that as a democrat Obama just HAS to do the complete opposite of what Repulicans would have proposed.

    If he does so, he is: a socialist who makes the country less safe

    If he doesn't, he is: drawing fire for reaping the "fruits" of the Republican policy and ideas

    Seems like the Right has too much froth in front of their mouths to see clearly.

    April 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Heels4life

    As a Veteran that has served two tours in Iraq, I approve of the president's plan to get us out of there. Many of feel that if McCain had been elected, we wouldn't have gotten out of there for a very long time.

    April 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Trixy, MN

    Hi you guys, the president is doing a great job. Wait a minute, somedody saying that Bush started the plan of withdrawing the troops from Iraq? You jokers, do you have any sense, why did he start the war in the first place? Can you rewind your unchanged minds and ask yourselves why Americans are hurting? Do you know that the past 8 years the cost of running Iraq war was never in books for your people to know the truth ;; 10billion dollars a month? Leave the president alone to deal with this mess and keep your little comments to yourselves. Americans will give him more time to see how things works. We all know reps don't support him and that is ok. most and I mean most not minority Americans support the president so far. This is a guy who takes time to digest something before he vomits it out. he chooses his words and that is the type of president we need.
    Good job mr president.

    April 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. PaulMoATX

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

    What?

    April 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Dean in Florida

    Nice job. The only problem is that this is not Obama's plan. The Bush administration developed this timetable.

    April 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Bob in Pa

    What a bunch of Bull ! He is doing exactly what Bush would have done anyway.

    April 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Dave From Philly

    It is easy to fight a war if you are not the one doing the fighting. The war in Iraq will never be over. We will always have troops there.

    Some day someone will have to explain why we went to war because it was not for WMD's.

    April 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Rick

    Gee, it's amazing that the exact same plan was such a horrible idea under Bush is suddenly such a great idea under Obama. You dumbocrats are laughable.

    April 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Same Old White House

    Dutch/Bad Newz, you tell that to the families of every soldier that comes back in a coffin. From here on out the blood is on the democrats for not ending the war. I voted for him to end the war not wait another two years. Another campaign lie. I will vote 3rd party in 12.

    April 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. George

    Barack will be treated with respect in Iraq. A good unit of measure will be how many shoes he gets thrown at him. My best guess is zero.
    This trip has lit the candle op hope throughout the world, and only the jealous will say it hasn't. Lets be honest. Right now the republicans, the extreme right wing puts party ahead of country. Many good republicans in the middle pray that Barack does well for all of us.
    Newt Gingrich says we should have shot down the North Korean missle with a lazer. Has anyone not told Newt, we don't have a lazer system in place yet? DUHHHHH.
    Newt criticized Barack for saying he wants a world without nukes, and
    guess what??? I have a video of Ronals Reagan saying the same thing. Newt thought that was fine.
    Right wing, please fly away and let the rest of us try to patch America.

    April 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Independent in DC

    Mike Syracuse, NY wrote:

    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?
    ----------------------------

    LOL Sounds like a question you might have wanted to ask your beloved President Bush eh?

    April 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. 09watcher

    I can't wait to hear what you Obama supporters are going to say WHEN the next "terrorist" attack on the U.S. comes. When a defense mind like his, it's only a matter of time, and probably sooner than later. Get ready folks!!

    April 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Brandy

    It reads......."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." 1000 people polled – wow now that's really showing what america thinks, huh? LOL. polls are polls and the results depends on who is taking the poll. CNN folks are going to poll in favor of Obama because CNN largely pulls liberal readers. Fox News would poll the other way because Fox largely pulls conservative readers. Either way. 1000 people does not represent America or what it thinks. Come on CNN, what a laugh.

    April 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. naqib

    Bush signed the SOFA in 2008.... this is a done deal.
    ALL us troops will be out by the end of 2011... That's already law!

    Nice spin though... good to see so many Americans approve of Bush's plan... I'm betting they wouldn't have if they would have known it wasn't Obama... but then again... the majority of Americans are uninformed and just tow the neighborhood line. Sad really

    April 7, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Gop For America

    Well Sniffit

    I’ll give you a good reason for the war in Iraq and I won’t even bring up the WMD’s.

    You ever heard of the invasion of Kuwait? Did you just happen to forget about that mess?

    In addition, I’ll point out Saddam lost that war and was subject to any terms we spelled out. The problem with that is he would not give into the terms he signed off on. In fact, he had his military fire on our pilots for years and we just look the other way.

    How many years of sections, did we impose on him and have him throw out inspectors like trash.

    He did everything in his power to provoke a war with us. Sorry to tell you but if you keep pushing someone long enough they will hit you in the face.

    Don’t try to place blame on Bush for it put the blame on Saddam that is where it should be. Moreover, I want to point out how many Kurds did Saddam have killed there in Iraq? Do those people being murdered bother you at all?

    April 7, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. TM in CO

    Reading some of the comments posted here make me sick to my stomach. There is so much hate amongst Americans it isn't even funny. This article is simply stating that the President stopped in Iraq. I think it is a wonderful thing when the Commander in Chief stops to visit with the troops that are in harms way regardless of why, justifiable or not, they are there. Maybe if we all threw our support behind our government regardless of party, maybe America can be a "united states" country instead of the division that has been going on.......................................

    April 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Maggie from Virginia

    For all those that keep spouting this was Bush's plan... This has been Obama's plan for a couple years now. Bush decided to go along with this plan a couple months before leaving office. Bush was criticized by fellow Republicans because his plan sounded too much like what Obama was proposing. Get a clue, and come again.

    April 7, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Fed Up

    While he's pulling troops out of Iraq, more or less in line with Bush's timeframe, let's remember he's sending more troops to another useless war in Afghanistan.

    April 7, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. John Smith

    The president campaigned on ending the war and taking the troops out. He did not and the war is not over. False promises yet again that never made sense to begin with.

    April 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. JJ

    To Same Old White House: Your vote counts, I voted for him too
    to end the war, he is doing that. This takes time you just cant
    say end the war and you be out of it in 48 hrs. Reminder this was Bush war 7 years of it...........

    April 7, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Fox

    Mike Syracuse, NY: Cutting the F-22 is actually a smart thing. It is an expensive, pig of a plane that is no more effective than the F-35 that is ramping up production. The government can buy 3 F-35s for the price of 1 F-22. It's called cutting unecessary spending.

    April 7, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Ken in NC

    It's funny how President Obama was critized by many including McCain on not going to Iraq and he went and was critized. Now as President he goes to Iraq in an unannounced stop and he is critized for his going there. Sounds like a "DAMMED IF YOU DO AND DAMMED IF YOU DON'T".

    I think the critical people are being so critical for reasons other than his going or not going to Iraq. I noticed that nothing was said when Former President Bush went on an unannounced visit to Iraq.

    April 7, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Same Old White House

    I understand why your upset, but we can't pull out of Iraq haphazardly. There needs to be a gradual draw down in forces before all boots are off the ground. That is the safe and responsible way of doing it. As the President has said in the past, " we must be careful of pulling out of Iraq, as careless as we were going in." Be patient.

    April 7, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Paul from Phoenix

    This is the same plan Bush approved. Amazing, and now Obama is getting praise.

    While we are at it, I think he adn the Dems owe McCain an apology for blasting him for the 100 years comment. Looks like Obama is keeping 35k-50k troops in Iraq without a withdrawl schedule.

    America is now in favor of the Bush/McCain plan. God forbid it gets reported that way.

    April 7, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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