June 27th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Support for Iraq war reaches new low

U.S soldiers search a house during a patrol in southern Baghdad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new low of 30 percent of Americans say they support the U.S. war in Iraq and, for the first time, most Americans say they don't believe it is morally justified, a poll released Tuesday said.

In the poll, which was carried out Friday through Sunday, 30 percent of respondents said they favor the war in Iraq; 41 percent said they oppose it because they think the 2003 decision to go to war was a mistake; 26 percent said they oppose it because they think it has been mismanaged; and 3 percent said they had no opinion. (Full Poll Results [PDF])

Support is down 4 points from what it was May 4-6, when 34 percent of respondents said they favored the U.S. war in Iraq.

Asked during the latest poll how things are going for the United States in Iraq, more than two-thirds (69 percent) said badly - 4 percent said "very well," 26 percent said "moderately well," 25 percent said "moderately badly" and 44 percent said "very badly."

There appears to be little optimism that things will improve, with 17 percent saying the situation is getting better; 46 percent saying it is getting worse; 35 percent saying it is staying the same; and 1 percent offering no opinion.

Nearly two-thirds of those polled want withdrawal of U.S. troops to begin - either in part or in total. Asked what the United States should do about the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, just 17 percent said it should send more troops; 16 percent said keep the numbers the same; 24 percent said withdraw some troops; and 39 percent said withdraw all troops.

Asked whether the U.S. action in Iraq is morally justified, 54 percent said no, versus 42 percent who said yes and 4 percent with no opinion. Just two weeks ago, a poll found less than half (47 percent) saying the war was morally unjustified.

Support for President Bush matched his lowest rank ever in a CNN poll, with 32 percent saying they approve the way he is handling his job, and 66 percent saying they disapprove, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

That's a drop of 6 points from the 38 percent of respondents who said on May 4-6 that they approved of Bush's handling of his job, and equal to the 32 percent he got in a poll conducted in April 2006.

Bush's popularity peaked the week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when 90 percent of respondents said they approved of the job he was doing.

Americans were split on whether to shut the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, with 46 percent saying it should continue to operate; 45 percent saying it should be closed and the prisoners transferred elsewhere; and 9 percent offering no opinion.

The telephone poll of 1,029 adult Americans has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3 points.

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  1. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    How many times did we see the conservatives suggesting that polls can't be trusted and they're biased? Must be the official talking point of the month for the drones to repeat. I've also seen repeated callings of CNN as the "communist news network". Communism? Do you even know what that means? By any chance, do you think Archie Bunker was misunderstood?

    June 27, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Quincy, Chicago, Illinois

    I would remind any U.S. citizen willing to listen, that the attackers that killed our fellow Americans and other nationals in the twin towers on 9/11 didn't originate from Iraq nor were they Iraqi nationals. Yet, somehow, we find American fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles and aunts waging a war against an evil force in a place which had nothing to do with the original attack nor the planning of it. Now I ask this not as a liberal or a conservative,republican nor democrat, rather, I ask this just as a free thinking American, Why? Why are we allowing the people we love to be killed for the wrong purpose? Why? I am not pleased to see my child go to war and possibly die fighting against the wrong foe or for a wrong cause. If he/she is on a mountain chasing the decision makers (remember Osama)associated with the attack on the US Cole, the US embassy bombing in Africa, the attacks on the twin towers, I would say go child and fight for the rights of all US citizens to be free of fear from those who have no respect for human life. But, to die in a civil war that our own military intervention may have contributed to it's escalation and not one Iraqi citizen there killed anyone on 9/11 ....... that is not a just reason for any American to die for and no amount of intelligent discussion on this blog can make it just. The only poll I'm interested in seeing is one where those who have served this great country and "all of it's people" in armed conflict and asked, "Was the cause of your sacrifice justified and right"? Now that's worth seeing and for the rest of us who just read the news print, watch the evening and 24 hour news reports, maybe we can learn by listening or reading those poll results. And maybe, just maybe, the commander in chief might listen to his loyal command since our opinions and votes seem to matter very little.

    June 27, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. mt, Baton Rouge, La.

    To: LooseyGoosey

    I have traveled abroad a great deal. During service in the U.S. Navy, I spent time in western Europe during the 80s and early 90s (Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and the UK). I also have spent substantial time (several months total) in Eastern Europe, South Africa, and Indonesia, with those trips all occuring during the Bush presidency. Your ugly comment about Louisiana is pathetic. It is an example of how low our current political discourse has become.

    This country was not nearly as divided during the Clinton years as it is now. Our standing in the rest of the world was much better during the Clinton years, too. I don't say that to advance anything about Clinton, as our standing in Europe was good during the Reagan years, too.

    June 27, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. LooseyGoosey

    Hats off to your service mt but I too have traveled abroad extensively.

    "Over paid, over sexed and over here.." I'm sure that sounds familiar to the Navy, certainly nothing new. Hating America has been a national pastime for old Europe since 1776. While individuals may seem very welcoming, the collective will stab you(especially the military) in the back every chance they get. I've seen it almost everyday for the last 15 yrs, not 6..

    As for the LA comment, well.., sorry but you can't sweep New Orleans under the rug, I was there too. Chocolate NO’s has been polarized for quite a while wouldn’t you agree??

    June 27, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Mike, HI

    "Fortunately, decisions about whether to go to war are not made by the mob."

    They're not supposed to be made by the president, either.

    Even if this poll was biased (which I doubt, and would require actual proof to be convinced otherwise), it's not like the numbers would be vastly different. We won't suddenly find that 80% of Americans love the war and the president.

    June 27, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Darrell Edwards, London, Ontario, Canada

    To: LCPL Marsh, USMC, North Carolina

    Well said. I, along with many other Canadians, would agree with your comments ("Afghanistan is part of the solution, but so is Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Saudi Arabia, etc. It's important that we see the whole picture and not get tunnel vision"). However, the problem is unfortunately your leadership (Bush/ Cheney) have purposefully crafted and driven an extreme tunnel vision agenda on Iraq, and it's the main reason why an over-whelming majority in all other developed nations can now clearly see through this smoke screen (i.e. perfect example is the recent quick removal of their closest ally Tony Blair in Britain). The fact that the Bush/ Cheney (gong) show is still trying to "sell" the rest of the world on the merits of this quagmire is/ has significantly eroded U.S.'s once proud stature within the global community, and has jeopardized LCPL Marsh's (USMC) credible suggestion of the need to find a regional solution. The region is now so enflamed with the U.S. occupation of Iraq that the chance of any credible regional dialogue and problem solving beginning is slim to none (witness Ms. Rice's many failed attempts to get any traction with any leader of significance in the region).

    Anyway, there is still ample support in Canada to do our part in Afghanistan and hopefully the rest of the developed nations will come back to the table to help further stabilize and re-build the entire region...then the dialogue can begin.

    June 27, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. jon

    Bush said failure in Iraq was unacceptable and would make the world unsafe. First, he failed and I accept his resignation. Second, his legacy will be an unsafe world.

    June 27, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Robert B Madison, Wisconsin

    "The President has so far ignored these partisan and spurious shifts in opinion among the masses, as he should. It is his job to do that which he believes to be right..."

    If the President "believes" that it is "right" to nuke California, I guess that's his job then.

    June 27, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. Mike, Corpus Christi, Texas

    What victory in Iraq? The war in Iraq officially ended on May 1, 2003 with a victory. Speaking on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, under a banner saying "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED," Bush said, "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle for Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." So, what in the world are we still doing over there anyway?! Now, since 2003, there has been a civil war in Iraq. So, when did the US military become policemen, policing sectarian trife?! What a Tragedy!!

    June 28, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  10. amhcw, Silver Spring, MD

    Why haven't I heard any commentators compare our incursion into Iraq with the British incursion into what became the United States? It didn't work for the better armed, better trained, more war-experienced British red coats because the American patriots were better motivated and on home ground. It isn't working for Bush's war either.

    June 28, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. joey , ar , hot springs

    4000 young men and women dead for what???????? oilll????? freedom?????
    it would have only taken one man to free iraq if the people wanted to be free. we fought our war in 1776. at least we know bush is not the messiah!!!

    June 28, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Roberto, Buffalo, NY

    In reply to "Anonymous" (no city or state) who posted on June 27 @ 9:26 AM:

    Nothing like providing a lot of numbers to lend an air of authenticity to your post; never mind that your figures are exaggerated and misleading.

    You claim that Saddam Hussein "killed at least 2 million people", compared to "at most 60,000 or so civilians" killed since our government invaded Iraq in 2003 (and the latter have been mostly killed by Iraqi "terrorists").

    Where did you get this "2 million" figure??? Are you including the Iraqis killed during their 8-year (1980-1988) war with Iran? Hello-o-o.... most of the Iraqis were killed by IRANIANS, and vice versa.

    Are you including people who died from Saddam's policies (e.g. from disease, hardship, etc.), not just those executed by his forces? If so, why don't you include those Iraqis who have similarly died during the war since 2003?? You must know of the study published in the respected medical journal, Lancet, which estimated some 650,000 Iraqi civilians died between 2003 and 2006. But of course, you'd dismiss that as not one of your "responsible sources". Nothing like exaggerating figures that support your opinion, and low-balling numbers that don't support your opinion.

    You claim that we're "winning this war" because an average of "only 70 troops a month" have died – compared to higher numbers in Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. Hello-o-....That partly depends on how many troops our country has deployed. The peak number in this Iraq War so far has been 157,000 at any one time. In Vietnam, it was over 550,000. Similar with Korea, and far more in W.W.II.

    And your insistence that it's a simple war against al-Qaeda and similar "terrorists" is the same black-&-white distortion that the Bush Admin. has been pushing all along. Ignoring the daily sectarian violence between numerous Sunni and Shi'ite factions. Ignoring the fact the U.S. troops have been regularly attacking and defending against Shi'ite militias & "death squads" in Baghdad etc., not just against al-Qaeda and other Sunni extremists.

    Of course, your whole post is degraded by starting off with "I’m positive the Communist News Network won’t post this but....." And of course, CNN did.

    June 28, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. JF, LA, CA

    I notice how NONE of the anti-war posters have address the questions regarding the immorality of an absolutest withdrawl policy.

    Not one has allowed for how they would address a genocide or regional war killing far more people than are dying today. You cannot hold a position that calls for simply withdrawing troops if you do not have a PLAN for dealing with potential chaos, and ALLOW for reinsertion of troops to avoid these horrible effects.

    If you do not allow for the military to deal with methods and time for stabilisation in a withdrawl, then YOU will need to face the fact that your protests led to the unnecesary deaths of hundreds of thousands or more.

    Simply "Withdraw the troops" is NOT a plan.

    What's the PLAN anti-war crowd?

    June 29, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    The "Plan" is that the Iraqi government is supposed to have been training troops and is supposed to have been getting itself ready to fight on its own for YEARS. But every time we talk about a withdrawal, our president begs and pleads and cries and stamps his foot and wields his VETO pen, and says "6 more months". Now his latest misguided plan is a "troop surge", which was also supposed to need "6 more months" and is yet another mistake accomplishing nothing toward ending this war. The only way this "war" will end is when there are either no Iraqis left living to fight, or no US troops in Iraq.

    Its going on 6 YEARS since Sept 11, 2001. That's longer than World War I, and longer than World War II. So the plan should have been to force the Iraqis to stand up on their own a long time ago. And if they can't, we can't continue to provide their army for them and continue to have our young people dying.

    We need to pull our troops out, and let them sort it out for themselves. And its not "Cut and Run" (another Bush administration spin doctor that you people bought). It's 6 years of telling them to get ready on their own, and 6 years of them ignoring us, so they deserve what they get at this point.

    I'd also add maybe the US shouldn't be the only country sending troops over there. Maybe if other countries took some of the burden, and sent someof their troops, money, and supplies, then the citizens of the US wouldn't feel like everything was up to us, and we might feel a little less angry about it. But why are we the only country losing young men and women? Why? Because our arrogant, lying, and greedy president and vice president started this war so they could both profit from it – both in terms of votes from stupid "patriotic" people who couldn't see what was really going on, and money, through companies like Haliburton that Cheney made a fortune on by providing fuel and suppies to the troops on uncontested "no bid" contracts.

    Its time to impeach Bush and Cheney, end this war, and bring these young men and women home. As long as the Iraqis believe we aren't going anywhere, they will never make an effort to stand up for themselves.

    June 29, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    The Democrats were voted into majority because the majority of Americans do not approve of this president and his course of actions. The Democrats have been charged with bringing a “change of direction”.

    Now another recent article says the Democrats are losing approval. Why? Because they are not doing the job we elected them to do. And Bush is forcing their hand. If you remember about a month ago, the Iraq war finding bill had to be passed. The Democrats asked for a reasonable measure that the Iraqi government was training troops and would be ready to stand on it’s own in a reasonable time. Bush vetoed the bill, saying there would be no time tables for withdrawal.

    So the Democrats are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they don’t give the troops funding, they’re slammed for not funding the troops. If they give Bush the bill he wants, they’re slammed for not fighting to help end the war.

    The problem is BUSH – not the Democrats.

    June 29, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Ross, Mosul, Iraq

    Let's take a step back! You folks who are supporting the war I have one question?? "Have you even gone there to say it's going well and it's worth fighting for?" I have, twice. The problem is what is our mission now???
    First, it was weapons of mass destruction, then it was democracy, then, it's destroy the terrorist cells, now it's bring the viloence down to an acceptable level; what does that mean?!?! Here are some problems:
    1)We don't have a clear picture of the enemy.
    2) The Iraqi police are so corrupt that you can't trust them and only use the money and equipment for their own personal gain; it's your tax dollars being wasted.
    3) Everytime we clear an area, the insurgents appear somewhere else and in many case, the area we cleaned up.
    4) The Iraq goverment seems to have a different agenda to an Iraq state.
    I am a soldier and I serve the american people. This is really not in our best interest to go on in the long run. For those who support the war why don't you enlist or have your children enlist in the service...I didn't think so! Oh by the way, I'm not a liberal Dem Kathryn and Colin.

    June 30, 2007 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  17. joey , hot springs , ar

    for those who back the war why not go join the armed forces or make your children to fight this war you so desperatly believe in and possibly give your life???? nothing against the men and women over there now they are only doing what they are told to do. back them 100% for being over there but they need to come home. it was not their choice but g.w.'s. if you back it go fight it!!!!

    June 30, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. JAF, LA, California

    Note this from AP...

    "Around 1,200 Iraqi civilians were killed in violence in June, a 36 percent drop from the previous month and the lowest monthly toll this year, according to Iraqi government figures obtained Sunday. "

    That is around 700 less people who are dead because we are finally doing what we are supposed to do.

    Please, Please do NOT pull out the troops preciptously. These people deserve to live.

    True Peace.

    July 1, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Alan

    Stop the War!! Invest in IRAQ for the right reasons

    REBUILD and make a good life for the iraqi peopl


    December 29, 2007 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
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