Poll: Obama gets thumbs up and thumbs down on Iraq
July 3rd, 2014
09:18 AM ET
5 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.

Did a U.S. woman try to help Islamic militants in Iraq?

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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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -I do not give darn hoot at Iraq nor Benghazi–unemployment fell to 6 percent. Learn it. USA needs very strict immigration. Freeze it for twenty years or so.

    July 3, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Put Chris Christie's team in charge....time for a new troop surge in Iraq.

    July 3, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Bigwilliestyles

    Cue the hate for the man elected to the most powerful position on earth (twice) from those who have climbed to the exhalted goal of internet blogging nobody. You must be so very proud.

    July 3, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Show's just how skewed (and outright ridiculous) polling is. Just yesterday a Quinnipiac poll called claimed he was "the worst President since WWII". Of course they ALSO declared the 2012 also-ran the winner in the months leading up to that election, so yeah.

    July 3, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Gunderson

    Well,
    One would think after Saddam Hussien was removed those mal contents would have made peace with each other and the country would start to prosper. No, they are just as bad as they were before. It isn't the fault of Bush or Obama. We should have laid the law down and kept the military there for at least 50 years until the place stablized like Germany and Japan have. Give Obama E for effort. Now on to the flood coming across the southern border. The Liberals talk a good game and say these illegals will have to be sent back but the truth is they are even now slipping them past the radar and farming them out to all parts of the country where they will attach themselves to your tax dollars to survive. None will be deported.

    July 3, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Would this be the same pollsters that predicted Romney in a landslide??? Or that Cantor was safe?

    "President Romney and House Minority Leader Cantor approve this message."

    July 3, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    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.

    But by a 55%-37% margin, voters disapprove of the way the President's handling the situation in Iraq.
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    They think that getting out of Iraq was the right thing to do. Does this poll mean that a majority think that we need to go back into Iraq with troops? I'd say, "NO," to that idea. The last thing that we want to do is to get involved in a sectarian civil war by picking one side over the other. If the Iraqis don't want a western democracy, then there's nothing that we should really do about it.

    Unfortunately, there are terrorists involved. I still say that we need to stay out of it. We already see neighboring states starting to get involved in the conflict against the terrorists. The best thing for the U.S. is to let them do as much of the "sorting it out for themselves" as we can. Not only would it be better for us, it's probably what they most prefer.

    July 3, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Chris..E.al

    Its obvious that any gains we have made as a nation came from the american PPl and not Washington ?

    July 3, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Tommy G

    The problem with these types of polls is it presumes the people being polled actually know all of the ACCURATE information concerning Iraq and our biased media has done a very god job of making sure Obama has not been held responsible for the current debacle. The Day Late, Dollar Short, Read It In the Newspaper foreign policy of the Obama administration has gotten a complete pass.

    At this point, because Obama let the situation in Syria explode in his face, this has almost nothing to do with saving/helping Iraq. It has now gotten to the point where the decision is do we allow a massive new terrorist caliphate be established in the heart of the Middle East. One that can and will threaten and destabilize the entire region including Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc. The question is do you send in help while this is still a bug or do you let it grow to Godzilla proportions before you act. Obama's clueless do nothing foreign policy has shown the latter is his policy.

    July 3, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Donna

    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."
    -–

    You can't poll average people on the street about complicated foreign policy/military decisions as they don't have all the information. For 70% of the people to say they believe we would be attacked, and then not want to take action to prevent that attack is just plain stupid. I guess they think, like the hapless Obama, that we can just invite them to dinner, talk things out, shake hands and live happily ever after.

    I guess this means we had better prepare for another major attack on this country. Of course it will likely happen after January 2017 when a new Republican administration takes office and then the lying, deceitful leftist Democrats will blame the new administration for not stopping it.

    July 3, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Would this be the same pollsters that predicted Romney in a landslide??? Or that Cantor was safe?

    "President Romney and House Minority Leader Cantor approve this message."
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    If you're going to use a cutesy catchline, you should at least try to get it right. Cantor was majority leader, not minority leader.

    July 3, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    The problem with these types of polls is it presumes the people being polled actually know all of the ACCURATE information concerning Iraq and our biased media has done a very god job of making sure Obama has not been held responsible for the current debacle. The Day Late, Dollar Short, Read It In the Newspaper foreign policy of the Obama administration has gotten a complete pass.
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    Please, explain to the class how the current situation in Iraq, or even Syria, is Pres. Obama's fault. Be sure to include a comparison of how Bush's handled the Russian invasion of Georgia, and other Balkan states, was better than how Pres. Obama has handled the evolving crisis in Ukraine and the Crimea.

    July 3, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    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.
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    Oh, goody. Another blame game comment board blog. Well, folks. Have at it.

    July 3, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. sonny chapman

    "Another 100,000 American Combat Troops(not my Grandkids) for 100 years ought to do the job."-Dick Cheney

    July 3, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Fair is Fair says:
    July 3, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am
    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross…..

    Would this be the same pollsters that predicted Romney in a landslide??? Or that Cantor was safe?

    “President Romney and House Minority Leader Cantor approve this message.”
    —————————–
    If you’re going to use a cutesy catchline, you should at least try to get it right. Cantor was majority leader, not minority leader.

    Thanks Fair. I couldn't remember if it was majority or minority leader. Either way, he's neither now. 😊

    July 3, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    @Donna, didn't you know 9/11 happened during Bush administration? Well, this thing happened because of our Oil dependence and Israel involvement. People are darn smarter than you would ever think of. Perhaps, you do not know because of typical republican idiocy and rant. Pres. Obama is a smart man and knows the foreign policy. Stop your biased rant.

    July 3, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. smith

    This poll isn`t surprising. Let Assad and Iran handle the ISIS and stop funding the anti-Assad forces(Dumb, Dumb, Dumb).

    July 3, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Well,
    One would think after Saddam Hussien was removed those mal contents would have made peace with each other and the country would start to prosper. No, they are just as bad as they were before. It isn't the fault of Bush or Obama. We should have laid the law down and kept the military there for at least 50 years until the place stablized like Germany and Japan have.
    ============================================================
    We should should thankful for folks like my friend, Gunderson. It is because of people who think like that is the reason why Pres. Obama won the general election twice. He doesn't understand the difference between people of different backgrounds at all.

    Comparing the conflicts against Hitler and Tojo and their eventual defeat to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein is completely ridiculous. The sectarian war that is building in the Middle East is nearly two thousand years old. Hitler and Tojo were not religious leaders, nor were their followers fighting the same war for hundreds and hundreds of years. Saddam was a military leader who found it necessary to rule the differing religious factions with an iron fist.

    July 3, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "Please, explain to the class how the current situation in Iraq, or even Syria, is Pres. Obama's fault. Be sure to include a comparison of how Bush's handled the Russian invasion of Georgia, and other Balkan states, was better than how Pres. Obama has handled the evolving crisis in Ukraine and the Crimea."
    ----------
    Hmmmmmmmm... must have missed it. What Balkan states did the Russians invade under Bush's tenure?

    July 3, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. rs

    Gunderson

    Well,
    One would think after Saddam Hussien was removed those mal contents would have made peace with each other and the country would start to prosper. No, they are just as bad as they were before. It isn't the fault of Bush or Obama. We should have laid the law down and kept the military there for at least 50 years until the place stablized like Germany and Japan have.
    ________________________
    Given that you have consistently called for lower taxes, and smaller government, how in the world could the U.S. have done what you have asked- prop up a failed state (that we admittedly caused to fail) for 50 years? How would that have been paid for? Whose kids would have had to serve there? And really, for what end? Until the artificial nations of the Middle East (including Israel) define themselves and their territories and populations for themselves, there will never be peace there- unless we learn to love dictators, and anti-democratic movements.
    As to deporting illegals- please Gundy- the truth is no President in American History has deported as many as Mr. Obama has- and, there is a daily flight from the U.S. to Guatemala returning a planeload of women and children. You do your arguments no good by ignoring easily accessible fact.

    July 3, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. g

    people like Cheney HAVE NO PROBLEM SENDING YOUR KIDS IN HARMS WAY ,IF THERE IS A BUCK TO BE MADE FOR HIM AND THE OTHER CHOSEN FEW

    July 3, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Hey, folks, before the fireworks begin around here ... I want to wish everyone, one and all, a safe and happy 4th of July, most especially to those folks that I post replies, too.

    July 3, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. rs

    At this point, because Obama let the situation in Syria explode in his face, this has almost nothing to do with saving/helping Iraq. It has now gotten to the point where the decision is do we allow a massive new terrorist caliphate be established in the heart of the Middle East. One that can and will threaten and destabilize the entire region including Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc.
    ______________________
    Speaking of "day late, dollar short", and just pray tell was the President supposed to do? With NO support or input from Congress (as the GOP simply politicizes everything), he would have been wrong no matter what he did. It's very easy to say what the man did was wrong, but the Right offered no alternatives- which ultimately means they (once again) brought nothing of value to the conversation. The U.S. is NOT the world's policeman, and until such time as the Right supports funding our own government and fixing the problems of our own nation, we have no business meddling in any other nation's affairs.

    July 3, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    smith

    This poll isn`t surprising. Let Assad and Iran handle the ISIS and stop funding the anti-Assad forces(Dumb, Dumb, Dumb).
    --------------------------
    You're describing an alternate reality, smith.

    The U.S. is neither funding nor arming any of the rebel factions in Syria. We never have. Did you forget that Pres. Obama put it to a vote before the Congress, and that both military action and military aid were voted down? The only aid that has been provided has been strictly humanitarian aid for refugees, which has been distributed mostly through Turkey to refugees that fled there.

    July 3, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    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."
    -–

    You can't poll average people on the street about complicated foreign policy/military decisions as they don't have all the information. For 70% of the people to say they believe we would be attacked, and then not want to take action to prevent that attack is just plain stupid. I guess they think, like the hapless Obama, that we can just invite them to dinner, talk things out, shake hands and live happily ever after.

    I guess this means we had better prepare for another major attack on this country. Of course it will likely happen after January 2017 when a new Republican administration takes office and then the lying, deceitful leftist Democrats will blame the new administration for not stopping it.
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    Donna, the average "person on the street" in the type that started this country and I think it would be wise for conservative elitists to take them seriously.

    And I thank Obama we have not had a major foreign attack on our soil, unlike the clueless W that ignored vital intelligence. Intelligence – I had to say that word again with W just for the humor.

    July 3, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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