Poll: Obama gets thumbs up and thumbs down on Iraq
July 3rd, 2014
09:18 AM ET
6 months ago

Poll: Obama gets thumbs up and thumbs down on Iraq

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush gets more blame than his successor in the White House for the situation in Iraq, according to a new national poll which also indicates that majority of voters nationwide say President Barack Obama's move to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 was the right thing to do.

But a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates voters give Obama negative grades on how he's handling the current unrest in war torn Iraq.

The poll also indicates that most say it's not in the national interest to get involved in the fighting in Iraq and oppose sending U.S. ground troops to help the Iraqi government, which is trying to hault an aggressive drive by radical Sunni militants who have captured city after city in northern and central Iraq as they march towards Baghdad.

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By a 51%-27% margin, voters blame Bush rather than Obama for the situation in Iraq, but they are divided on whether Obama's better than Bush when it comes to conducting foreign policy.

Fifty-eight percent of those questioned say Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S troops from Iraq four years ago was the right thing to do, but that's down from 74% who said the same thing as the withdrawal was being completed in November 2011.

But by a 55%-37% margin, voters disapprove of the way the President's handling the situation in Iraq. (He also gets a thumbs down on how he's dealing with Afghanistan.) A CBS News/New York Times poll conducted two weeks ago indicated that a plurality of Americans said the President had the appropriate response so far to the new fighting in Iraq.

Fifty-eight percent of those questioned in the new poll say it's not in the national interest to get involved in Iraq - but more than seven in ten say it's "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that if Islamic militants take over Iraq, "they would launch a terrorist attack against the U.S. in the near future."

More than six in ten – including a majority from all political parties, gender and age groups – oppose sending U.S. ground troops back into Iraq, but the poll suggests votes are more open to air strikes and especially the use of unmanned drones. By a 51%-39% margin, voters don't want Washington working with Iran to help the government in Baghdad.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted June 24-30, with 1,446 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

 

 

 


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Chris..E.al

    @ IF Bill Clinton had not have been so bee zee in The W.H. and would have killed 0 Bin Laden when he was offered on a silver platter they wouldnt have been no 911 or these 2 wars that you dems blame on who ? More leading from behind . Its a dem thing ?
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    Wasn't Pres. Clinton "bee zee" fighting off inflated impeachment charges?

    Besides, how exactly was he supposed to go about killing a terrorist that was halfway around the world on foreign soil? It's not exactly like sending in a SWAT team to the house just around the corner. Where would we set up a base of operations? Blame Clinton if you wish, but your charges only resonate with a dwindling breed.

    July 3, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. BC

    Worst president ever!!

    July 3, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    LAW

    Stop the blaming and own it. It's Obama who so arrogant that running away with your tail in between policy does not work, terrorist are here to stay, America is the home of the brave not the home of the coward;.
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    So, what's your Plan A, then? What should we be doing to achieve what objectives?

    What policy has been implemented that has failed in the Middle East? Withdrawing from Iraq was in accordance with a SOFA treaty that Bush signed just before he left office. Back in 2011, most of the right wing wanted Obama to renege on the agreement, and break Bush's promise to the Iraqis....that if they ever asked us to leave, then we would.

    What about that line that was drawn Syria? Assad seemed to have crossed it and Obama didn't do anything. Have you forgotten about all of the right wing noise about how only Congress can authorize military action? Have you forgotten about that there was a vote taken on military action in Syria, and that the authorization measure didn't pass? Republicans were against authorization. They wanted to tie the President's hands. Conservatives would rather pretend the votes never took place. They prefer to accuse Obama of drawing a line in the sand, and then accuse the President of weakness for not following through on the promised consequences against Assad.

    These bad policies that you haven't cited yet are the result of conservative actions.

    July 3, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. GOP FAIL

    The lies of Bush and Tricky Dicky (the other one), got this country into a horrid mess. Thankfully Obama saved our nation.

    July 3, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Really??

    Obama only needed to manipulate the unemployment numbers, use the IRS as a bully and Lie about Benghazi to be placed back in the White House. hmmmmm, doesn't sound like a win for America or for the rest of the world as it buns down around us because of a weak pathetic excuse of a community organizer.
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    All Mitt Romney had to do was come across as being decent and honest, and he would have easily won. Instead, he preferred to hide behind tax returns. He hid behind closed doors making remarks that insulted half of America. Worst of all, he hid behind the blatant lies in a Jeep ad that he released two weeks before the election.

    Hasn't anyone told that when you have to resort to name calling means that you've not only run out of ideas and constructive things to say, but that you've also lost the argument? Really.

    July 3, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Bigwilliestyles

    Wow, that comment must strike a nerve. Let me reiterate: the inept, incompetent community organizer made it to the most powerful office on earth, while the right-wing-experts-on-everything made it to the equally exhalted position on anonymous internet blogging nobody. You must all be so very proud.

    July 3, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Chris..E.al

    Ill take Carter back anyday and his bro's nasty oh beer .

    July 3, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @Bigwilliestyles

    "I sure do wonder how a man as incompetent as President Obama made it to the highest office in the world (twice), while untold numbers of right wing experts-on-everything are only able to mae it to blog pages? Anyone?"

    Because President Obama is an intelligent and capable man who won the hearts and minds of his countrymen and got elected fair and square... the first time because he was the best candidate and the righties ran a an old warmonger and an insane, shrill, ignorant trailer park flunkie, and second time because he was the best candidate and the righties ran some rich snob (and eddie munster) who thought fake polls would win it for him rather than actual votes.

    And the righties are on blog pages because they have nothing else to do while they wait on their gubmint check so they get their 'medicine' and hit the liquor store.
    They sure didn't spend it on no educashun.

    July 3, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Bigwilliestyles says:
    July 3, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm
    Wow, that comment must strike a nerve. Let me reiterate: the inept, incompetent community organizer made it to the most powerful office on earth, while the right-wing-experts-on-everything made it to the equally exhalted position on anonymous internet blogging nobody. You must all be so very proud.

    They are. It eats all of the internet blogging RWNJ nobodies up and has since he won the primary in 08. I just sit back and smile. It's especially hilarious reading the illegible comments about his intelligence when 90% of those that belittle him spell half their words in their so called sentences wrong. I get my laughs here daily!☺️☺️☺️

    July 3, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Really??

    @ Rudy NYC

    Didn't realize calling Obama a community organizer was an insult. Thanks for clarifying.

    July 3, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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