March 19th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: 71 percent think Iraq spending hurts economy

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" President Bush meets with his economic team at the White House on Monday."](CNN) - More than 7 out of 10 Americans think government spending on the war in Iraq is partly responsible for the economic troubles in the United States, according to results of a recent poll.

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last weekend, 71 percent said they think U.S. spending in Iraq is a reason for the nation's poor economy. Twenty-eight percent said they didn't think so.

The weekend poll, timed to coincide with the Iraq war's fifth anniversary, also showed little U.S. support for the conflict. Fewer than one in three respondents - 32 percent - said they support the war, while 66 percent said they oppose it.

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  1. Kenneth

    How stupid are the 30% who DON'T think this hurts the US economy?

    March 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Tom from NY

    Man up G.W. you started out with the right motivation but give it up. No ones cares whether Iraq has a democracy or not. We can still fight terrorism without a presence there protecting the un grateful.

    March 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    The U.S. has to borrow money to pay for the war, which weakens the dollar. When the dollar is weak the purchase power is limited. Countries that export products to the U.S. are also impacted.

    The war in Iraq has hurt more than just the U.S. economy.

    I know everyone is falling over themselves to blame Bush when in fact it is Congress who is spending money on the war. Congress has never once voted to suspend money allocated for the war.

    March 19, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. caj

    Why doesn't anyone blame the Congress for allowing the President from escalating the Iraq War?

    March 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. don

    I think the thirty percent of the people who don't think the war hurts the economy should get their heads out of the sand! How can you waste trillions of dollars and this not hurt your economy!

    March 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. bond

    I just saw on CNN that we're spending an average of $9.5 Billion a month or $12 Million an hour!!! Oh and by the way 4000 dead soldiers!

    March 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Independant

    We train our military for like 16 weeks. 8 weeks of basic training and 8 weeks of secondary training.
    We can't seem to mount an Iraq police force (military) in 4 or 5 years!
    When they are mounted half of them are the enemy. Real progress must come from the people of Iraq who have been at odds with themselves for thousands of years. Perhaps success might be measured by letting them continue their archaic ways. Perhaps there is no definative way to measure success or failure.
    In any event , whoever is elected as the next US President, can expect a nearly impossible task in Iraq, Afganistan, and indeed the whole ME.
    There is no magic bullet folks it does not matter what approach we take, the changes in the ME will be small.

    March 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. John

    Without a doubt the war costs are a drain on our economy but so were the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bombs dropped in Germany and all other attendant costs (loss of Amereican lives) of fighting WWII. Substantial costs were incurred by the devastation we incurred with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.....maybe we should have waited after 9/11 for another attack on us and saved a few $$$--ya think?

    March 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Marion, NV

    It's true. George Bush's war has cost Americans more than the blood of dedicated soldiers. It has continued to suck the life out of our economy. We have paid too much for this war. It was a bad decision, made by the "Worst President In Modern Times".

    Also, I wish Americans would not let the candidates get away with distractions; we are not two-years old. Have you ever noticed how GW never talks about gay marriages anymore? He ran against gay marriages in 2004; as soon as he was re-elected, no more talk about gay marriage. Wake up America; don't let the politicians get away with smoke and mirrors. We need to talk about the gas prices, the foreclosures, and the erosion in our children's education system. Keep the candidates on OUR message.

    I would never vote for anyone that George Bush endorses. Sorry John, you are not credible.

    Obama 08

    March 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Damion, SD

    While we're doing math on the economy, let's do the math on Hillary.
    Even if she won all of the remaining states, she would not have enough delegates to win. So she has to persuade the Superdelegates to vote for her. Right now she has most of the Superdelegates, but that could change.

    So, according to DNC rules, Hillary can NOT win without Superdelgates. Obama can not win without Superdelegates, either, but he is ahead. Stop fighting the wrong foe, and focus on McCain. We owe it to America to change the Bush policies of the last excruciating administration.

    March 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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