June 27th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
11 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. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    My guess is that the 42% who think the war is morally justified are the very same 41% who still persist in incorrectly thinking that Sadam/Iraq had something to do with 911. If you educated those 41% misguided people... then you end of with 1% thinking this war is morally justified.

    June 26, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Kathryn Charleston, SC

    I would like to know who they are polling. More than likely it is a place like LA or Vermont where there are a bunch of Liberal Dems. If we were to leave now, its telling the terrorists to bring the turmoil and the destruction to the states. We have to win this war.

    June 26, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    Why do the lame-brained still current war-supporters still go to the tired "the polling must be in a liberal state" excuse rather than accepting the fact that they're in the minority of people who believe this war is still worth fighting.

    June 26, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Joe K. Sterling Virginia

    Why is it important if we think if its going well or going bad, the only ones that know this are the men and woman that are serving over there and the majority of them think that we are doing the right thing. So I support the military and I support the cause. Go take a meaniful poll such as "Do you think the Government deserves credit for the country not being attacked since 9-11'?

    June 26, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Robert, Gainesville FL

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

    Need to work on your reading comprehension, Kathryn.

    June 26, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. iv, texas

    If people really think we are going to win the war in iraq, they are hallucinating. For every terrorist you kill 5 more are born. We should have never went in there in the first place. There are terrorist all over the world, what are we going to do, go after all of them? When one place dies down another will rally back up. Bush is just the blame.

    June 26, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. John, Chicago IL

    To all those people who say "we have to win this war", how do we do so? Our administration cannot even define terms of victory. Many of the people fighting us are nameless, faceless, countryless fighters. To think that "winning in Iraq" will simply stop Islamic terrorism is absurd and terrorism cannot be defeated solely by military means but my winning the hearts & minds of the people who may eventually become terrorists.

    June 26, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Robert, Gainesville FL

    Exactly, iv.

    The more you stick your finger in the ant hill, the more you're going to get bit.

    June 26, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Adam Currier, Chattanooga, TN

    A lot of people think it's important that we win this war, but it really comes down to one point: we aren't going to. We've already lost. We lost because the war was not morally justified from the start. It was built and sold on false premises.

    It certainly hasn't helped matters that the war and reconstruction efforts have been so badly mismanaged by the Bush administration. They have not wasted one single opportunity to make the wrong choice and get it wrong.

    It's time to stop using our soldiers as cannon fodder and time to bring them home.

    June 26, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. i.v.

    For the gentlemen from virginia. “Do you think the Government deserves credit for the country not being attacked since 9-11′? The country has not been attack since, because a terrorist does not attack every day. It was almost 10 years before a terrorist attack before 9-11, It has nothing to do with Bush's tactics. I support the soldiers in everything they do, but still don't agree with this conflict, war, or whatever they want to call it.

    June 26, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Rick Morrow, Phoenix, AZ

    Gee, what a surprise. A CNN POLL. CNN Polls also like Senator Kennedy????

    Without our troops, we have no freedom. Of course that is way over the heads of Liberals.

    I support President Bush and the troops forever.

    June 26, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. jim harrigan, Redondo Beach, California

    Don't tell me...Cheney and Bush is in the 4% that believe the war is going "very well". Jeeze...with leaders like these...

    June 26, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Bill, Columbus, OH

    Perhaps Kathryn would be so kind as to define exactly what "winning" is. I search and search and have yet to find a succinct mission statement anywhere. There is no winning this war. It is broken way beyond repair or even common sense. 30% supporting is 30% too many.

    June 26, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Robert, NY, NY

    This polling is designed and posted by CNN to help support the liberals in 2008. Don't believe any of it.

    The surge is working.....

    June 26, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. David, Chicago, IL

    Robert...WHO are the 1,029 American Adults? WHO are they?

    The question that Kathryn asks is legitimate, the demographic sampling of a poll definitely plays a part in the results of the poll.

    You need to work on your critical thinking Robert.

    June 26, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Robert, Gainesville FL

    They are Americans with telephones, David. Ever take high school statistics?

    June 26, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Robert, Gainesville FL

    The results also closely agree with the historical trends of other polls.

    YOu can continue thinking this is some huge "liberal conspiracy" ... but the numbers match up. I'm an engineer and work with numbers for a living.

    June 26, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. BC, Petaluma, CA

    As an independent voter I voted for Bush in 2000. I, however, did not make the same stupid mistake a second time. (As he said: "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.") But as totally wrong as he was to invade Iraq, I fear what might happen if we leave it prematurely. Thanks to him, al-Qaeda is stronger, having set roots down in Iraq where it never was before, thanks to Saddam. Walter Chronkite (the Dubya we can trust and respect) said it will continue to be this way for decades. Thank you, George W. Buffoon, for the disaster your arrogance and ignorance have created.

    June 26, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. jerry leigh, boulder, colorado

    It should come as no surprise that this war was not winnable from the start. We were "shocked and awed" that bush invaded Iraq to begin with.

    June 26, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. David, Chicago, IL

    Come on Robert. Get a grip.

    You insult Kathryn because she asks a legitimate question, then assume I think it's a liberal conspiracy because I'm defending the legitimacy of her question...not of her assumption.

    It's obvious you don't care about the how the questions were asked, and to whom the questions were asked...you have seen those blue and red color coded maps of the US haven't you?

    June 26, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Danny S.

    The surge is working? Are you kidding me? Insurgent violence has increased month over month since the "surge" began. People who say we're winning the war can't seem to quantify that statement. I support the troops as well. That's why I want them HOME or at least fighting wars that are justified.

    June 26, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    Robert from NY, NY...even Republican Richard Lugar, a stalwart supporter of Bush's Iraq war says the surge isn't working along with military commanders.

    Of course, the powers that be will ignore all the advice and comments made to them that contradict what they believe and will continue leading us down a path with little hope.

    June 26, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Bob Fugya, Texas

    You can't win a war you have already lost. War is racket General Smedly Butler USMC.

    For the person who said we haven't been attacked since 9/11, Anthrax cases still not solved and we know the anthrax spores came from Ft. Dix.

    I guess 30% of the people are in denial about this war and all the lies and manipulation by this administration that led us into this republican wetdream. Everything they have said to this point has been lies, and it will continue to be lies, for this is all they have.

    Bush had a 89% approval rating right after 9/11, today he has a 26% approval all because of lies, propaganda, manipulations, distortions and something he wouldn't know anything about...the truth coming out!

    The Downing St. Minutes memo clearly tells us the administration and president has been lying to the American people and not for the reasons given which have also turned out to be manipulated and distorted and most of the time manufactured for this administrations means.

    June 26, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Ralph, Columbus OH

    They hate us for our freedoms.

    So, take away our freedoms, and they won't hate us anymore, right?

    June 26, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Nick, Ashburn, Virginia

    You all should be ashamed of yourselves! This entire country and the congress backed our troops and said this mission was worthwhile back when we went to war... now, a specific party, along with their friends in the mainstream press, have decided to take back the white house by spitting out nothing but rhetoric and propaganda against our troops on a daily basis. Instead of backing the effort and providing moral support to our troops and the Iraqi people, they have decided that its more important to sit in the oval office. You know, if you go into a football game telling your players to play hard and beat this team for your fans, you don't change your tune in the fourth quarter and tell them that you can't possibly win, we don't believe in you, and we never should have came her in the first place. More then half a million Americans died in World War II fighting ruthless dictators who did not care about their citizens or those they harmed. Did the press and Democratic Party say that the war was a loss? It was not moral to begin with? And we were terrorists and occupiers? Did we pull our troops out of Germany and Japan when those countries were in chaos? No, we supported out troops every day. We didn't spit anti-war and anti-administration propaganda out onto the airwaves or support those who bashed our president and our troops. We were a different country back then. People were less interested in politics and more interested in their country. I'm sad to say that this has changed. I know that this message will most likely not be posted, but I hope that at least one of these anti-Americans read it. You all should be ashamed.

    June 26, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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