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.

Filed under: Iraq • President Bush
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. PW Va

    Should this be a surprise to anyone? The clock is ticking, W.....

    January 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Doug

    That means McCain would be low too!

    January 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Willy

    Still higher than the democrat controled congress and he war is going good.

    January 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. A2

    That is probably because news organizations like CNN only reports bad news, while effectively ignoring how the surge has worked, and do everything they can to paint the President in a negative light every chance they get.

    January 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Bimmer

    Although the poll numbers are low now, history will judge Bush more favourably as a President whose intentions were honorable and courageous in defending the western world from the declared war by the Islamic Extremists. In so doing, he not only upheld the interests of the US, but also that of the whole western civilization, including Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Ito soem extent ndia (not a western society but beneficiary of the fight against terrorisnm nonetheless).

    January 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Rafael Richmond Virginia

    GWB Could win the war tomorrow give every American a $10,000 cash tax refund, Health Care to everyone, A car, Fix the peace in the middle east anything and still no one will give him credit. No matter what. It's upserd. All I have to say is wait till Hilary gets in the Whit House, you think is bad now? just wait till she is in! God help us!!!!!

    January 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. The underdog

    Sadly more then 33 % of Americans voted this guy into office....We have only begun to feel the effects of this miserable failure.

    January 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Tom Davie

    If president bush would just come out of the closet and endorse Obama, then we could get on with planning for the general election.


    January 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Janine Lindenmulder

    Maybe we should have used nucular weapons against Al Quida heh heh heh.

    January 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. From The North

    This is news??? Flash..... The world and all it's people think Bush is doing a hideous job as President. And that is putting it kindly! Pakistan's Musharrif wants him to back off. You know his Pal who is working with his Administration to keep
    a lid on the Terrorists in the Pakistan area! SMIRK He's only a Pal coz he's being paid so well to be one.

    I'm more than surprised that 30 per cent had any kind of favourtism for him. They must be Republicans who else could have any positive comments for the Worst President ever to rule America!

    Please do the world a favour and keep his face, inane comments, and poll reports off the media. Who Cares except the Repugnants and they already know.

    January 12, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. citizen

    If these numbers are true, then why is McCain leading everywhere?
    He's a war monger who's soft on immigration just like Bush and I think their IQ's are probably the same.
    Someone explain.

    January 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    It's amazing that 32 percent approve of Bush.
    It just proves that you can fool some of the people all of the time.

    I would like the 33 percent that favor the war in Iraq give their justification when even
    the most stubborn war hawk has to admit that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and did not have WMDs. Do they just want to kill someone or just attack a country they thought they could beat?

    January 12, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Thomas

    How many Americans favor impeachment?

    January 12, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. Stephen

    As a Republican I've always supported the Republican Presidents and never regreated my voting for them, that is until now. I feel that George W. Bush has done more damage to the conservative cause then any other Republican in history. This is to include the late President Richard Nixon. I'm not one of those rich Republicans, I'm just a normal American. George Bush has only been a good President for those in big business and the one world order croud. He has totally sold Americans out to all the special interest groups. I'm sure if Ronald Reagan were still alive he would be very upset with what Bush has done. Bush has bankrupted our country on this war and the sad thing of it all is that I don't think many at all of Iraqis' could care less about all we have done for them. So you may think that I'll be a cross over voter, well no I won't because although I've really listened to all the Democratic candidates it's obvious that the Democrats just want to pander to all the special interest groups. Look at Clinton and Obama this week, they've been sucking up to the Latino's out west for the next contest. There's no way to fix our illegal immigration problem if we can't even admit that 12 to 20 million illegal aliens are here and breaking U.S. laws. So I will hope that through all the B.S. coming from all the candidates one of them will finally see the real problems we face in America and decide to do what's right. I'm not holding my breath though.

    January 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Vi

    How can anyone approve of the war in Iraq. When soilders are still dying and now we found " weapons of Mass destruction in Iran? I thought that is why we invaded Iraq. Or did we do it without the U.N's Permission? Soilders are dying for a cause they beleive in. Pretty soon this is going to be Vietnam all over again. I myself compare it to that.

    January 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Vi

    I favor Impeachment #1 there's one AMerican

    January 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Tyler

    Bush is doing the best he can...and hes just sticking to what he thinks is right. This is the safest america has been in a long long time and I think he isn't a bad president at all. He tries to cater to the democrats too, but they CONSTANTLY say that every time Bush does something, its IMMEDIATELY wrong.(i may be exaggerating a bit)....

    I've been listening to the bias teachers & media for a while and they are ALL against bush...I was like wait... why??? so when i actually looked at what he did, I noticed that most of the reasons they had against him were stupid. Bush is trying to regulate the government so it doesn't become too strong and america doesn't become a big government country...btw a big government would be TERRIBLE for america... why would you want somebody regulating how much you could sell your own product for?? My philosophy is if you dont like america and capitalism, then get out. Capitalism is why we are the best nation in the world.

    January 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Tyler

    people bring up the No child left behind act...but guess who made that??? A DEMOCRAT. do you people honestly think that the Bush administration could pass that bill by themselves even if they wanted to? no.

    January 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Tim, Minnesota

    Congress should spend more time on election fraud than worrying about steroid use. Everyone knows we lied to go to war, it only makes sense to fix the elections to pass the war plan on to other war minded people.

    January 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Patty D.

    There is no way Bush is at 32%. Between the economic uncertainty and scandals it has to be much lower. Who are they polling? Is it the same people last time they polled? With scandals seeping out of the White House Bush and his Cohorts might find themseves impeached.

    Black Water
    Alberto Gonzo
    Wasted Tresury

    The list goes on and on.

    January 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. FAIR TAX,LA.


    January 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Ted

    This talk of Bush being a war monger is ridiculous. Face it, we thought Iraq was a legitimate threat in the wake or 9/11, and so did other countries. Congress voted for it based on the information known, and this included the likes of Hillary as well. We know the information was flawed..NOW, but it was credible and real then. There was nothing good in it for Bush, as half the country did not want to invade Iraq, and it was not a popular decision. He did what Clinton would not, because Billy Boy was too worried about polls, and had his own agenda. The alternative was to sit idly by and listen to the spineless world community tell us to wait for inspections, which we had already done!! Enough is enough. I truly believe Bush thought it was best for our country, so quit with the criminal and war monger accusations.

    January 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Frank Honolulu Hawaii

    How can Bush ignore the numbers? What agenda does he have beside the will of the American people? It boggles the mind to think 50 million people voted for his agenda not theirs.

    January 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. "none of the time"

    it appears tyler is one of the "all of the time". We are not safer, we have not enacted hardly any of the recommendations of the 9/11 commision. bush has created the terrorists your children and grandchildren are going to have to deal with. King george bush doesnt want big government so that the president is the ONLY government. You dont want government and think pure captialism is the way – try living in somalia for awhile. Why did he pass a bill he would never fund? If the funding were there for education, it wouldn't be that bad of a program!

    January 12, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. charlotte

    This administration, Bush and Cheney both need to be impeached. Lies, leaks and oilamobiles. Not to mention all the Bush defectors from Collen Powell to well so many, I can't remember them all.

    January 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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