January 12th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Approval of war in Iraq, Bush remain low

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/12/art.bush.ap.jpg caption=" A new CNN poll shows President Bush's approval rating stands at 32 percent."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Americans' opinion on the Iraq war and of President Bush has remained stable - and fairly negative - over the past few weeks, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Saturday evening suggests.

Only 33 percent of Americans favor the war in Iraq, according to a just released poll. In a similar poll taken in December, that number stood at 31 percent.

The poll also suggests only 32 percent of Americans approve of how Bush is handling his job as president. That number is the same as it was last month.

The poll, conducted on January 9-10, interviewed 1,033 Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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  1. From The North

    DR "Face it — the surge is working and Iraq is improving. All the lefties wanted us to pull out of Iraq a long time ago because our image on the world stage was suffering. Give me a break. America is about strength and leadership, not weakness and cowardice. If we pulled out, our image around the world would have been completely tarnished. I don't know about the rest of you, but being labled a quitter isn't very flattering or good for the image — agreed?"

    I respectfully have to disagree. The surge is not working. The only reason Iraq has improved is due to the fact that the violence moved to Afghanistan. Hence, Bush's plan to send 3,000 more military members to assist the upscale violence in that area. And I don't hold much hope that if Bush sends 3,000 more military members to assist it will have any positive impact on the present situation in Afghanistan. The military are at burn out levels now thanks to Bush. And he's announced this supplement of troops would be on a seven month mission.

    As far as America being about strength and leadership. Maybe that's what America was about before Iraq but not anymore. Presently America is about Staying the Course and finding enough man power to do the job void of any or very little Military or Adminstration Leadership. In fact, the military don't have the equipment needed to carry out the mission expected of them. So, to send 3,000 more troops into harm's way without the Military or Administrative support they require is what I would term an Administration void of any logistics, strategy, or foundation. In other words, a last ditch effort by a President who has nothing left on the table.

    As far as America's Image around the world being completely tarnished by pulling out and being labeled a quiter – America has surpassed the point where being labeled a quiter would be unflattering. America today is viewed by the world in a much more unflattering light . Being labeled a quiter couldn't possibly surpass being viewed as a Harassing, self-serving, self-righteous, War Monger who has put the security of the whole World at risk and created a level of devastation in the Mid East that will take decades to restore. And most regretable is the fact that it all could have been prevented had President Bush the foresight to realize that his decision to attack Iraq without a legimate cause would ignite an inferno throughout the Mid East and a battle greater than any fought to date.

    January 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. mark wilkes barre pa

    from the north,,, it took decades for the us to be seen in an un-flattering light in the middle east, We have been medaling in there affairs since the early 1950's. Our greatest "PEACE" presidents CIA did more to shape and instill the hatred the middle east has for us than any presidents CIA since then , but that being said,,, they dont believe us and they don't trust us, and they have every reason not to. We should be taking the opportunity now , and I am sure we are, to make the attempt to repair the damage by the example of showing fundamental qualities we share in common,, To convince them that as much as the world changes in the future , they can still hold on to and trust in these fundamental beliefs we share in common. that every thing else is just buissness, for better or worse. These people are not stupid, there not as backward thinking as our leaders think . I believe they have proven that over the last 7 years. Our game plan of sending in negotiators to pay-off bad guys to kill or hold off other bad guys has come full circle. Our dis-respect of there fudamental values and culture for our personal gain since the 50's , our attitude that they will do anything we ask if the price is right of the seventies, our showing up spreading the wealth making promises and then abandoning them time and time again to do the opposit of what we said of the eights and nineties is why there pissed at us, FROM THE NORTH,,, I really don't think president bush could have acomplished all that in the first 8 months of his first term before the trade center bombing,, and as far as being seen strong and just before Bush came to office,, How do you explain the earlier attacks and attempted attacks,, first world trade center bombing attempt , Uss cole, embassy bombing, etc,,

    January 16, 2008 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  3. mark wilkes barre pa

    Richard ,, YOUR "fact" list does not do much better either, Ok , on your budget surplus This is a delicate subject that always looks good on paper that rarely stands up to real numbers. How many times have we seen one presidents legacy in economics fall apart in the first six months of the next presidents term ? I am not a young man but I do still have a working memory,, lol,,, this leads me to your next fact,,, WE wanted Bush to revege 9-11 ,congress went along with it knowing what the president knew, which by the way now seems to be not much,, but never-the-less did so, and by doing so opened the door to a billion dollar a day milatary effort with endless limits that causes recession like difficulties for our nation. This is one of the many costs of war like it or not, in favor or againts the war,,,,,, on to your third fact your comparing apples to oranges,,,,, there are more important implications from clintons second term of office to make comparisons as to the torture debate. so your fact 3 in my oppinion is in-valid due to lack of fairness to the debate,,,,on to fact 4,,,, very well said and debateable,,,,,,, fact 5,,,All through the history of wars presidents have sent messages through speeches and comments to there enemy this in my oppinion was an attempt to tell Bin laden is insignificant in the war againts terror, that he is just one more evil we will rid from the earth,, no fact here at all all innuendo and hearsay,,,,,,,fact 6,,, every president has the right to fire and hire prosecuters ,, you know that ,,and all presidents do for there own reasons and goals,,, you even conceed this to be apparent fact,, once again innuendo and hearsay,, fact 7,, the fact they left is true and the fact that one name was prosecuted is true it would once again be innuendo and hearsay to state the others resigned in shame or left under fire when popular oppinion is these very people have no shame or honor,,,,, so in the end only part of your first fact an all of your 4th fact is clear and of merit of debate in my oppinion,,, my original comment still stands at 80% to 20%

    January 19, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
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