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. Sam IA

    Now that the American taxpayer is paying 70,000 insurgents 330dollars a month not to fight things seem a bit better. Problem is they have already stated when the money stops, they start again. The Bush, Cheney , smoke and mirrors melodrama continues.

    January 13, 2008 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  2. Tom Davie

    where is good old Dennis to start HOWLING about the Senate polls being 'rigged'

    January 13, 2008 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  3. James Brown ( Independent )

    Bush is going down in history as the very worst President America has ever had.

    January 13, 2008 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  4. Mason Myatt

    At last we know what percentage of Americans got to school on the short bus.

    January 13, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  5. Chris Wurr

    Mr. Woody Hamilton, I can not believe that there is still someone out to believe this propaganda nonsense, that we have to beat the 'enemy' on their soil instead on ours, to justify the Iraq invasion. No, the insurgents would not board planes to fight in New Jersey. For heaven's sake, Bush policy MADE Iraq the terror hotbed that it was not before the US attack!
    Have you ever wondered how the Iraqis feel about the US luring Al Qaida into their formerly terrorist – free country and unleashing mayhem?
    And you really believe Bush has some secret information that convinced him that Iraq is an imminent threat?
    Dream on.

    January 13, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  6. mark wilkes barre pa

    This must be the weekly trash bush blog,,, worstprezever,,, you ever notice how every time a story on bush comes along you and Z,ST, Louis, and from the north are right there leaving long winded comments , Your hate for me a registered republican I do not understand. I dont know you people and I would not care to from your blind rage comments ! You three would and have been the first to scream out how polls mean nothing ,,, who did they poll to get these results ? Any one can get any percentage they want in a poll if the question is asked in the right way,,,, You just did when you were gloating about how the polls were wrong about hillary when she won at the NH primaries in your comment days ago on that story,, People who apprieciate bush and his attempt at handling the worst terror attack on america since Pearl harbor and the first successful major attack on the main land " IS " because of his consistant un waivering approach to terror. How ever right or wrong or whatever mistakes were made in that approach can and will be debated for ever,, But that being said myself and the other 32% , give or take 3% for error,,, felt at that time and still do that there is only one way to make terrorist think before they act,,, that is through the fact that there opponent ( Insert "America here" ) Will not be detired ,confused , or stopped by fear or political pressure in killing every last one of THEM if necessary to continue OUR way of life and very existance president Roosevelts all consuming and personal mission after pearl harbor was to bomb Tokyo, against his own advisers oppinions and in the face of 70 some % of americans being against the US going to war. I know you three will say Yeah but we had support of our allies then,,,,,Our allies were being slaughtered,,,,, long before we joined in that war. thousands died as we sat back and did not help,,, 32% give or take 3% of americans Knew that then and know that now

    January 13, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  7. william walsh col ohio

    z in st louis you hit it on the head, there sheep,going to the slaughter house and telling jokes as there walking towards the gate, you are however correct,100%

    January 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. James, Houston,TX.

    Geo. Bush on Iraq and Iran; because of his affliliation to the PNAC and Personal Ignorance, Bush has to be the most Dangerous Person within any Government! Impeachment is the best solution! Others Die because of total lack of Intelligence.

    January 13, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Phil Memphis, TN

    OMG, the polls look right, because unbelievably one of 3 posters on here is still preaching what a great job the criminal Bush administration ahs done. yes, they have done all of this:

    -Manufactured false evidence of WMD's in Iraq
    -Used that evidence to lie us into a war that has murdered thousands
    -Squandered a budget surplus, turning it into a record budget deficit.
    -Moved our economy from prosperity into a recession (the major financial publications just officially announced it, look it up)
    -Performed illegal surveillance on american citizens
    -While Clinton debated the word "is" in reference to a sex act, Bush administration debates whether waterboarding is torture. Which is more dangerous?
    -failed to help thousands and thousands of Americans after Katrina
    -went from "We will get bin Laden dead or alive" to "bin Laden? I really don't spend much time thinking about him"
    -Taking the first steps to privatize our military, which would then allow a dictator type to use it against the people of this country.
    -fired federal prosecutors who refused to base their prosecutions on Republican politics (a.k.a. prosecute dems and block prosecution of GOP)
    -Has had to have most his top level positions (e.g. gonzo) resign i shame

    Should I go on? Because I can...

    January 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. frank selig

    Get rid of Bush

    January 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Terry, El Paso, TX

    I supported the war because I believed Colin Powell when he said there were 2,000 TONS of biological and chemical warfare materials in Iraq. I figured they would not have made that much if they did not have definite plans to use it, presumably against Israel. It turns out that they were wrong, so I was wrong and most of you were wrong too.

    Not only was the administration wrong in their decision to invade, they pursued the war badly, making many mistakes and pouring many lives down the rathole – Iraqi and American. The recent surge strategy seems to have actually improved life in Iraq considerably for the unfortunate citizens of that unfortunate place.

    Iraqi leadership is failing Iraqis and us. They have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The purpose of the surge was to give the Iraqi govenment some breathing room so they could begin to function normally, repair the devastated infrastructure, and begin policing the nation. Instead, they are busy arguing at lunch time over whether the last piece of pie should go to a Sunni or a Shiite.

    Now that we've broken that miserable nation, I think we need to stay until its fixed. I was involved in the decision to go to war, as we all were. The vast majority of us were flying flags on our front lawns and pasting "Support our troops" stickers (made in China) on our bumpers. The flags are gone and the bumper stickers are old and faded, but we screwed up and we need to unscrew the situation.

    January 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. DR

    When we look back after this Presidency is over, we will see a President who was tough and stood his ground, not giving in to the liberal loons on the left who think they know better. He is a much better President than he has been given credit for.
    On top of that, the press has had a lot to do with the perception that Mr. Bush has been a bad President.

    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?

    January 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Greg Sikorski

    So many of the people who have responded to the article use conditions and ideas from the past instead of reality. This is a war that should never have been. This president lied to he American people in his all-out effort to go into Iraq. Why not Saudi Arabia (since 15 of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia) or why not Syria? His group could have used the same data (unfounded and falsified) to set up the same regimes. We have entered an area of the world that can't find peace with itself; so how did these people come up with the Cheney-esque ideas that the people would come running into the streets to greet their liberators. Nothing that CNN prints or that the news covers can explain away the mistakes that this administration has made. The ostrich-like followers of Bush think that the man has done something great, and yet I can think of nearly 4000 reasons why we should never have entered Iraq. As for Hillary, let's give her a chance. No one could do worse.

    January 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. mark wilkes barre pa

    Cnn monitor,,,,,,,,, You may want to re-read your own comment policy You delete much less offensive comments than the one posted by sam from texas. makes me wonder what YOUR thought process was in allowing his comment. Its been three hours since you last released a comment. CARE TO EXPLAIN WHY ?,,,,,,,,,,, wether he was for real or had other motives the result was the same,,, sick and twisted is sick and twisted

    January 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. libby

    How could you be surprised, with the mentality of the above, and to think he protected their yellow walfalled behinds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What a bunch of cowards!
    God Bless our troops and their Commander in Chief, that protect
    even lefties!

    January 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Roy

    Let's see a poll on what percent of Americans want Cheney and Bush impeached for treason and war crimes.

    Send the results to weak-sister Nancy Pelosi.

    January 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Tim T.

    32%. This just proves that you can fool some of the people some of the time but not 68% of the people now. Bush is a loser. Period. And now he's ranting on and on about Iran. Another endless war? The US should look back and try very hard to understand what caused these people, these "terroists" to hate us so. It didn't come out of a vacuum.

    January 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. John G

    Thank you CNN for opening my eyes to this surprising truth...People don't like war-that one is going to be tough to remember I'll have to write it down.

    Ask them if they would prefer to be dodging road side bombs or IEDs on the roads here in America. Ask them if they would prefer to be learning Arabic right now. Ask them if they would like to see the Statue of Liberty or Mt Rushmore or the White House or any other national landmark destroyed when a plane carrying one insane religious fanatic and a few hundred innocent bystanders crashes into it.

    As far as Bushes approval rating, he's the sitting President during a war. He doesn't have the luxury of cutting defense spending (like Clinton did) to make it look like the economy is doing well. He is constantly at odds with a democrat controlled Congress who (with the help of the liberal media-I won't name names) makes it look like Bush is the reason they have accomplished absolutely nothing since they "took power". Of course the guys approval ratings are low...

    January 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Sensible Cape Coral Fl


    You cannot support the war and the troops at the same time since it is the war that is killing our brave young people. Every war is an expression of failure.
    Logic 101.

    January 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. jim

    There are multi-billion dollars being spent for war materials. Why aren't these materials being produced in the United States, i.e Detroit, Michigan?

    January 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Just WHAT are those 33% THINKING? Do they even have a clue about the state of America and the world thanks to this unelected regime?

    January 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Jeff, Rugby ND

    Bush's approval ratings are way too high for what he done to our nation and to Iraq. Unfortunately he will never be held accountable for his actions. Hopefully God will show US mercy in spite of what our government has done to the people of Iraq.

    January 13, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Cile

    Anyone who thinks that George Bush has done any kind of decent job as president is seriously delusional. This guy is at the very bottom of the barrel and these kids who have died in this Iraq debacle have paid the ultimate price for his ignorance, incompetence and arrogance. I am the mother of a soildier. I KNOW what I am talking about as opposed to you Bush lovers. History will speak the truth and this idiot will get his just deserve. If it weren't so tragic, it would be almost comical that someone so inept could acually be president of the United States of America. Saturday Night Live would have a field day with this bubba!

    January 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Tom Masters

    People are against the war because the are brain washed by the media. It's a shame.

    Funny though that the Dem Congress has a way lower approval hahaha.

    Total proof that the public has been duped!

    January 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Mark

    It is time to change the way a president is being elected, to make sure we won't end up with another Bush. An IQ test may help.

    January 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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