November 8th, 2007
11:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Iraq war opposition at record high

President Bush said Wednesday that the U.S. is "making progress" in Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Opposition to the Iraq war is at an all-time high despite reports of a reduction of violence in the country, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Thursday.

Sixty-eight percent of poll respondents opposed the war, setting a new record. The level of opposition is slightly up from last month and 1 percentage point higher than the previous record of 67 percent, first set in December 2006 in a CNN/Opinion Research survey.

Support for the war in Iraq among Americans has dropped to 31 percent from 34 percent last month, the new poll found.

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  1. Rick, Houston TX

    To Bob from Seattle:

    Writing a silly love letter to The Decider is a waste of your time. You should know by now, The Decider doesn't read, so save your sentimentality for your diary and keep it safely locked away. You don't want to embarrass yourself, now do you?

    Still, your poetic prose has inspired me, so here goes: my shot at silliness.

    The Decider: A Haiku

    George W. Bush
    A cowboy Caligula
    Bad man? Mad man? Both!

    Dedicated to those in the know...


    November 8, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. John from America

    George Bush says:"If you lived in Iraq and had lived under a tyranny, you'd be saying, 'God, I love freedom,' because that's what's happened," he said. "And there are killers and radicals and murderers who kill the innocent to stop the advance of freedom. But freedom's happening in Iraq. And we're making progress."

    The utter destruction of the country of Iraq and the continuing "Civil War" will result in this country being exactly what we want the least – "A Fundamentalists Islamic Country" hating America and eventually throwing us out and depriving us of the oil that we are now spending a Trillion Dollars trying to get!

    President Jimmy Carter had it right back in 1973 – we needed then to have a sustained policy to ensure energy independence from foreign suppliers. President Carter shifted the Department of Energy from Nuclear Weapon Development to Energy Research and Development. As soon as Ronald Reagan took office, those R&D efforts were almost completely stopped. The country went on a binge of rebuilding "battleships" and developing new weapon systems putting our nation into debt.

    The current resident of the White House wants the private sector to develop our own energy resources!

    Yes there are ~ 30% of people still supporting this effort. Most are living in areas where pork barrel defense spending is making their lives better, the rest are "uninformed" at best!

    Wake up America – if we don't put our country to work fixing our own problems who do you think will? Wake up America and throw the "Greedy Old Party" out of office. It is going to take 10 – 20 years to get a fix on these problems but, if you keep electing the GOP, you only hasten the trip to the "bread line".

    WE cannot afford to continue King Georges adventures!

    November 8, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. George, IL

    Just in case if someone forgets:

    1. Saddam has nothing to do with 911, and most hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, our main ally in the region.
    2. Saddam was our puppet and is regime was armed and financed by the CIA. It shouldn't be too hard for you to find the photo where Saddam shakes hand with Rumsfeld.
    3. No WMD has ever been found. If there's any, it probably was supplied by the US sometime in the past.
    4. More Americans were killed in Iraq than during 911. Over 500,000 Iraqis have been killed and over 2 millions have left the country.
    5. The war is funded by your tax dollar, and borrowing from China, the country that DOES have nukes.

    November 8, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    C'mon guys ... why so negative?

    We're "liberating" those Iraqi's (who havent fled the country in the millions) ... from their limbs and heads! At least they're not being forced to wear Burka's right? Where’s your patriotism?

    So what if weapons inspectors told Dubya that the places he was citing as having WMDs ("we know exactly where they are") were searched and CAME UP CLEAN! Chalabi and Curveball said otherwise! Are you saying that believing Curveball (a guy who was summarily dismissed by every intelligence agent with a brain in his head) was wrong? Are you implying that the $27 million of taxpeyers' money we paid to Chalabi (and guy who still has a jail cell waiting for him in Jordan for almost single-handedly bankrupting that country) was a waste?

    Do you mean that heresay from past administrations on what Saddam had and the bullcrap from Chalabi and Curveball was somehow LESS reliable than the IAEA and the results of real-time searches by weapons inspectors indicating Saddam had nothing? How un-American of you!

    So we invaded anyway – to set up a secular, American-made, puppet government, at gunpoint, that Iraqi's historically tribal-minded citizens never asked for, aligned with Israel of all things, to be America's new proxy in the region while it's trying to privatize their oil. Why would they have a problem with that?

    So what if we're the same foreign government that bombed their entire infrastructure (sewage, water systems etc) to bits, let their anti-Saddam uprising get slaughtered by Saddam after it abandoned them in 1991, and approved sanctions that killed a million Iraqi children?

    They should be thankful we created the power vacuume that's resulted in all the carnage there! It's not like OUR SOLDIERS are dying in the same numbers as their civilian population – those dead Iraqi's are just "unavoidable collateral damage". Right?

    Who cares if we can't beat two third-world countries with 1/000th the military we have after FIVE years of trying. Dubya (the guy who already got busted before for lying about us "absolutely" winning in Iraq when his Sec of Defense admitted we WEREN'T) just said we were "kicking ass"! And even though our latest “yes man”/general Petraeus is saying the same things that the top general (Ricardo S. Sanchez) said on 12/07/03, we can believe THIS guy! Right?

    So what if the troop surge that was done specifically to help Iraqis meet their benchmarks so we can come home ISN’T helping them meet those benchmarks. It’s STILL “working”! Right?

    C’mon … forget critical thinking and common sense you traitorous bastards!


    It’s worked so far …


    November 9, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  5. TO AZ

    Bring our troops home!

    November 9, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |

    It is time for the silent majority to be heard



    Indeed, some House members not associated with Kucinich’s resolution are now openly calling for immediate hearings into Cheney’s impeachable actions—specifically lying the country into a war in Iraq, and threatening war with Iran.
    One indication of the change in the political climate in the House is the announcement by Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), a six-term congressman and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, that he will call for the Judiciary Committee to take up Kucinich’s impeachment bill. This is significant because Wexler, no left-wing hothead, is not a co-signer of the Kucinich bill.
    In an email message to constituents, Wexler said:
    "I share your belief that Vice President Cheney must answer for his deceptive actions in office, particularly with regard to the preparations for the Iraq war and the revelation of the identity of covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson as part of political retribution against her husband."
    "...Cheney and the bush Administration have demonstrated a consistent pattern of abusing the law and misleading Congress and the American people. We see the consequences of these actions abroad in Iraq and at home through the violations of our civil liberties. The American people are served will with a legitimate and thorough impeachment inquiry. I will urge the Judiciary Committee to schedule impeachment hearings immediately and not let this issue languish as it has over the last six months. Only through hearings can we begin to correct the abuses of Dick Cheney and the bush administration; and if it is determined in these hearings that Vice President Cheney has committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors, he should be impeached and removed from office. It is time for Congress to expose the multitude of misdeeds of the Administration and I am hopeful that the Judiciary Committee will expeditiously begin an investigation of this matter."
    Also calling for prompt action by the Judiciary Committee in the wake of the Tuesday House vote was Carol Shea-Porter, a first-term Democrat from New Hampshire, who also is not a sponsor of the Kucinich measure. In explaining her vote to send the Kucinich bill to the Judiciary Committee, she said:
    "It is the duty of the Vice President to faithfully execute the laws of the United States of America and to defend the Constitution. There is growing evidence that the Executive Branch has ignored some of our laws and has attempted to bend the Constitution to its will. Members of both parties decided that this issue is too important to ignore. I voted with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to investigate the Vice President’s actions in office."
    She characterized the resolution sending the bill to the Judiciary Committee a "strongly bi-partisan vote."
    With these kinds of endorsements and calls for action, it is clear both that Speaker Pelosi is looking increasingly pathetic and out of touch with her "impeachment is off the table" mantra, and also that Judiciary Chair John Conyers (D-MI), who seems to have been intimidated by the Speaker for the past year, but who earlier had been a leader in exposing the crimes of the Bush/Cheney administration, is getting strong support for taking a bolder stand.
    Stephen Cohen (D-TN), a member of the Judiciary Committee who is a co-sponsor of the Kucinich resolution, says he thinks that there will be an impeachment hearing in the committee.


    November 9, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. BK, Alexandria, VA

    "It is time for the silent majority to be heard"

    "Silent majority"? I don't think so. Bush's opposition has been most vocal primarily due to a sympathic press.

    November 10, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. Ron, Salem, MA

    Whether you support this war, or not, premature withdrawal from Iraq will ultimately result in our return to face a larger threat. Like it or not, that's the reality.

    November 10, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    BK, Alexandria, VA

    "Silent majority"? I don't think so. Bush's opposition has been most vocal primarily due to a sympathic press.

    Hmm ... maybe the press should be sympathetic to the 26-percenters that still can't find their heads without the help of a proctologist or a barium enema?

    November 10, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Dan in Peoria

    Neoconservative Republicans are liars and evil people and anyone who still believes anything they have to say is nothing short of an idiot

    November 10, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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