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
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  1. Bryan

    Is he still president? What a disappointment.

    January 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Lou, Williamsburg, VA

    Tyler, let em rant. The same sort disapproved of Truman, who had even lower approval ratings due primarily to the Korea War. Truman's legacy is quite good, so will Bush's should Iraq continue to improve as it is. One thing is certain, Bush's legacy will rise above Clinton's. That may not be saying much, but what really is so significant about the Clinton Presidency? Please don't say the economy....he was fortunate to have a responsible Republican controlled Congress submitting reasonable spending bills for him to sign. Clinton's legacy is one of inaction in the face of a flourishing al Qaeda threat. Not very impressive. Perhaps Clinton can still be charged with negligence and ineptitude in the face of looming threat to national security. No wonder Clinton's been trying to rewrite history for the past 7 years.

    January 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. charlotte

    Bush Sr. should have went into Irac, we were two miles from Bagdad. That was before Hussien killed so many supporters of the USA. (The saudies didn't want us to.) The stability of the area was his excuse, well how stable is it now!!!!!!!!!!!!None of the 9/11 hijackers were from IRAC, they were from Saudi Arabia. We worry about the Mexican border, the Hijackers all came thriugh Canada.....

    January 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. NickNas

    32% of the people also cannot admit mistakes. SOOOOO How many of you Bushies want to pipe up about Bushs buddy in Pakistan ( Mc Cain likes him too) Now after killing the woman who was going to beat him in the elections and after Bush gave him BILLIONS of OUR tax dollars he has FORMALLY rejected the US and has OPENLY Threatned our forces. Bush hasn't even responded.

    32% of the people owe the rest of us and the world an apology.

    I propose an new law.


    Do you hear me Rummy & Co??? And soon to be BUSH!!

    January 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. DR

    Dubya's a failed HAM actor. RE: His top Gun act-...... Mission Acomplished- His take your jacket off and roll up your sleeves Juan Peron act- ......Your doing a bang up job Brownie and his latest Roman emperor act which no doubt would of have made Nero sob........Why!! sob, sob Connie Why!! sniff,sniff. Bush is an actor without substance .... A modern day Nero constantly fiddling and singing his own praises even though that self praise flies in the face of the actual facts. Every time a camera gets pointed in Dubya's direction he starts hamming it up like he is actually fooling people but the sad truth is that in seven years he has fooled no one save his self and his staunch Republican base. Mac is back got it right when he said that a leader has to have followers or he is just out for a walk. Bush has been virtually alone.....and out on that walk or lost at sea during both of his terms in office.

    January 12, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Texan From Idaho and Free Independent American

    Gee. After the latest "polls" were SoooOOOOoo ..um..wrong? In New Hampshire....kinda like they were in 2004's Presidential election.....kinda like these VERY SAME "polls" from these VERY SAME groups (all leftist operated/financed)...were wrong in 2000...and very seldom accurate...they still can't get one even remotely based in reality.

    How's CONGRESS'S APPROVAL RATINGS in these "polls"? Uh, huh.

    Guess what? As has always been the case since the foreign financed LEFT began commissioning "polls" (French/Candian funded Madelaine Albright-PEW anyone??? – DUH...) they all have stated the same things over and over and over...that the LEFTIST candidates were winning a landslide victory in every election/opinion poll/survey/issue/cause...uhhh...and as susal the ONLY people who bought into it were the brain-dead internet zomboid children and tech-phreaks..you know the type..sorta like the Ron Paul groupies...and Canadians...al alike.

    How many times when the phone has rung while you were busy with your life, eating dinner, or doing ANYTHING for that matter...and it was a pollster did YOU camp out on the phone with them and answer all their "questions"? Probably no more than I have or anyone ELSE who is sane for that matter. And as well, you know as well as I do that nobody sits around all the time filling out internet questionaires. SO the type who DO engage/participate in these laughable entreatises are usually..well..the RON PAUL types...yeah. And do YOU think these kinds of misfits speak for and represent ALL AMERICANS? Answer that honestly folks, lol...and you always seem sooOOOOoOOOoooo disappointed when after a REAL VOTE is taken and REAL PEOPLE (the average Americans) show up and let their voice be heard for a change...it NEVER happens to turn out like those "polls" do (that only reflect opinions of you know who's 'net troll army Ron Pollites...and people who's thumbs are in constant motion on the vid game du jour..and usually encrusted orange cheetos...and...you know the type...)

    LONG LIVE THE POLLS!?!?!?!? He he he...see you in November when we compare the real world to the polls..yet again. Toodles all.

    THOMPSON/ROMNEY in 2008!!

    it's now apparent that GWB has turned out to be our best president perhaps for defending us all while the foreign E.U.French/Canadien-financed Leftistas sought to sell us all out to our enemies.

    GWB did what was right (not left) even if it WASN'T "popular" with Canada/France/Russia/China/Iran/Syria/Venezuela/North Korea/Al Gore/Nancy Pelosi/Dennis Kucinich/Harry Reid/Joe Biden/Putin/Chavez/Ah'madatdad/Chirac/Schroeder/Chretien/Communist/Jihadist coalition of "peace-activists" and internet trolls. Dur. Duh. EH??? Oui...oui...

    January 12, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. Manfred

    When most Americans wanted the troops out of Iran last year, Bush responded by sending in more troops (the "surge"). The public still disapproves of the Iraq war, in roughly the same diwsapproval percentages as last year. Bush now responds by indicating that he won't object to keeping 130,000 troops there indefinitely, if that's what is needed. Is there any connection between what the public wants and what the President wants to deliver? Is something wrong here? Or is this a way for Bush to build a legacy for himself as he prepares to leave the presidency, knowing that nobody can stop him in the short few months left of his presidency?

    January 12, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Tom Davie

    take heed of this rating.

    32% of americans still think the guy did a good job. All it means is that there is fierce loyalty to the party.

    January 12, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    Who in heck are these people in the 32% and 33% groups?

    It seems to me that tens of millions of Americans must be stuck in a permanent intellectual haze if they approve of a President leading us into recession, neglecting our needs, and stumbling around the world like a clueless bully.

    And although reasonable people can disagree on our next move in Iraq - how can any thinking American "approve" of this enormously wasteful adventure?

    Maybe this phenomenon exists on both the left and right - I don't know . But thank goodness the so-called "bases" of the parties cannot rule alone. These stubborn, mule-headed folks appear to be unswayable in the face of any reality.

    January 12, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Steve

    who is supporting this man who turned his back on his country in favor of the corporate illegals that he magnets here...

    January 12, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  11. Mcain - WAR MONGER

    McCain is All WAR when you need a RAMBO call McCain.

    Hillary is just as nutty, pull out of Iraq and leave the middle east to Iran.

    Romeny is not polling well yet, but he seems to have what everyone else is lacking.

    January 12, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. worstprezever

    Anyone notice that a majority of these comments who support bush are full of spelling mistakes and nonsensical ramblings. Tyler I can tell you are a kid still so I am going to give you the benefit of your youth, but America is not great because of capitalism. America is great because our government is sworn to protect its citizens freedom and civil liberties from tyrants. Bush has suspended many of these basic rights, broken many of our laws, and has broken many international laws under the guise of acting on our behalf. This is unacceptable. We owe it to our great Patriots to hold him accountable for his and his cabinet's transgressions against the citizens of this country and the peoples of the world, so that we never allow a tyrant to rule this great country again.

    January 12, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. Ron Nebraska

    Ted January 12, 2008 9:05 pm ET

    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.

    Ted, that is quite the revision of history there, dude. At the time of the Iraq invasion the country was still wrapped in 911 fever and your moron presidents approval was around 70%, approval for invasion to relieve Sadaam of WMDs ( the excuse of the moment) was likewise about 70%. Put down the kool aid and try to think rationally ok?

    January 12, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    Who is President Bush? Isn't he gone yet??

    January 12, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Bush sucks. The margin of error is undoubtedly on the negative side which is more like 10%. Everyone I speak with has a very negative opinion of Bush-Cheney, and I live in a RED State. Here in the United States his approval rating is probably more like 20% and World Wide it probably drops to 10%. I don't know who is more stupid BUSH or the retards who who approve of him.

    January 13, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Ian

    Watch the movie Zeitgeist on Youtube if you want an interesting theory on why we actually went to war with Iraq. Apparently they threatened to sell their oil in Euro's thus threatening the U.S. dollar. Supposedly Iran is saying the same thing.

    January 13, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  17. veronica

    I'm appalled that 33% are in favor of the war in Iraq. Why? It should have never been started, there was never any justification for it.
    I cannot wait until Bush is gone.

    January 13, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. Z, St. Louis

    I don't understand how these pitiful fools can still support president idiot and
    can buy this absurd concept that somehow in the far future he'll be
    vindicated for all he's done..Thats such a gigantic pile of bull that the
    late Sir Edmund Hillary couldn't climb it. Even the other day he used
    this same crap in a speech to troops in Kuwait.This grand predicition comes from
    the same people that sold you all these lias about WMD and Al Quada tied to
    9/11 in Iraq and being "Greeted as Liberators". This is just more bull on top
    of the bull..And you party zombies buy every bit of it..You buy the religious
    subtexts and the phoney "support the troops" jingoism and all of it..It's
    disgusting..Your sheep, yet you claim to be the "Real Americans". Real
    Americans question authority and anything thats presented by
    government.This bozo called Bush (Sadly thats an insult to Bozo's) has been
    an utter and total failure his whole life, and i predict that he will be seen as such
    in the history books..Unless of course they are the ones for the religious kook
    schools that are written by "Think Tanks"..

    ** Vote for "NONE OF THE ABOVE" ** Political parties are corrupt and useless

    January 13, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  19. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    How's CONGRESS'S APPROVAL RATINGS in these "polls"? Uh, huh.
    Congress's approval rating is awful. It could be a little BETTER, but the ratings for Republicans make it lower. Republicans always fail to mention that they rate EVEN LOWER than Democrats in Congressional approval ratings.

    January 13, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  20. aware

    Re: Obama's church comment

    We have religious segregation/racial division in America, and there are problems in both black and white traditions that both need to acknowledge. Politics won't solve this issue. We all need a change of heart.

    "The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality of Racial Reconciliation" by Compolo and Battle is a good read. It is important to gain this understanding now!

    January 13, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  21. Stu, Kansas City Mo

    Had Enough yet????... VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!

    January 13, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  22. toejam houston texas

    All questionairs were filled out by Government White House Personnel. Why not ask the general public?

    January 13, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  23. Curtis

    mr. president, when you get caught systematically lying to the american people and continue to support an unpopular war... maybe it's time to resign?

    January 13, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  24. Jr., California

    anybody believe the polls????? come on 32%.

    January 13, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  25. Nino, Kingston, Ontario

    Industrial Military Complex = 32%

    January 13, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
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