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

Poll: 71 percent think Iraq spending hurts economy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/03/18/poll.iraq.economy/art.bush.financial.getty.jpg 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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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Mary - Independent

    I agree that the Iraq war is partly responsible for America's economic slump. But not entirely – our Administration just has not shown concern for what is happening to the people and he is just using "bandaids" to try and correct the economy.

    March 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Keeping It Real

    Tell me something we don't already know. Most people and all politicans should have realized the amount of money and resources that would be needed to go to war. After carefully thinking things through, they should have voted against it. Many Hillary supporters will say Obama didn't have to vote on the issue so his speech doesn't count. I would beg to differ with that. At least, he spoke against whether or not the war should have been started!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. jj

    Let the Iraqi people help pay their own way. If they wouldn't keep blowing up what we fix, then the country would have been cleaned up a long time ago. We keep poring money in and they keep destroying it. It's like if you give a child a car , he doesn't appreciate it unless he has to pay for it.

    March 19, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Marc in Toronto

    What amazes me is that only 7 out of 10 Americans feel this way. Are the other 30% living in a box?

    March 19, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Bob

    We also think that Obama lied again during his speech yesterday about not being at Church when his Pastor made racial comments.

    Obama is a Liar and cant be trusted. WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    March 19, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Amy, Kazoo

    wow, 28% of Americans can't do simple math.

    March 19, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Brian

    Oh come on. Let's cut education spending, welfare and medicare. If we give the rich tax breaks and rebuild Iraq so more oil can be sold the economy will solve itself!

    March 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Duhhh! So how much time and money did you spend for that poll? You could have just asked a dozen or two shoppers exiting Walmart and got the smae answer.

    March 19, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. david Klaboe

    If 71% think the war hurts our economy, that means 29% are too stupid to even offer opinions.
    Actually a much smaller percent than I would have thought.

    March 19, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Perhaps so...

    But the enormous defense industry manafucturing and contractng to support the rebuilding, equipping, and re-arming of our forces and Iraq forces–will end once the war is over.

    If you think it's bad now......wait until the bottom drops out of the defense industries.....

    March 19, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Raloh

    The money needs to be spent in the US where it is neeed, and not in a war that never should have been started. But what can you expect
    from a Bush? None of them have any sense at all. His farther showed us that when he was president.

    March 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. wolf

    da my 5 years old daugher knows that.

    March 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Jeff

    Republicans hurt the economy. Iraq is another item on the "litany of complaints" Let's say between Nov 5th and Dec 20th 2008 we impeach Bush and Cheney and give the world a nice Christmas present.

    March 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. therealist

    Proof positive that 3/4 of Americans are clueless idiots.

    100% of the Iraq war has gone directly onto the national debt while the spending for it, to the tune of 500B, could have only helped our economy. In fact, Iraq had the fastest growing economy in the world last year, and ours wasn't too far behind in the rankings.

    No, it's our grandchildren that will have to pay for the Iraq war, just like we paid for WWII/Korea/Vietnam. Do you remember the pain of paying those off??

    March 19, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Doug R.

    Duh. And it is George Bush who has been lying to and misleading the American people since this Iraq debacle began in March 2003. He has been playing the fear card since he took office. Here is a man who told us all the mission in Iraq has been accomplished (on his staged landing on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln), that democracy is well established in Iraq. This Mr. Bush is also oblivious the the price of gasoline. The U.S. economy is in a state of crisis because all of the money that should be spent in the United States on infrastructure and health care and education, etc. is being sent to Iraq.
    The Congress shouldn't give Bush another nickel for Iraq and our troops should be withdrawn.

    March 19, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Ralph

    SPEND THE MONEY WHERE IT IS NEEDED. THE USA.

    March 19, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. Jim Kansas

    What is wrong with the ecomony is not necessarily the spending that is going into the war, but the fact that the money that is going into the war does not exist. An individual or buissness that would spend money on an activity like the Bush administration has spent on the war would be called bankrupt.

    March 19, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Kristy

    I'm glad peopel are finally talking about this. Maybe this country would be in better shape if we weren't dumping trillions od dollars into a war most of the country doesn't believe in!

    March 19, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. JarryHames

    7 out of 10 Americans will also vote to get McCain elected in the fall. We're getting just what we've been asking for since this retard was first elected. Whatever!!!

    March 19, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. David, Dallas Tx

    How could financial mismanagement to the tune of over 9 trillion dollars possibly impact our economy?

    When a man gets himself deeper into debt than his annual salary, it doesn't impact his financial well-being, does it?

    That's why we have debt, right? So we can keep spending without consequence?

    /sarcasm

    March 19, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    The Iraq war has taken trillions of dollars out of the US economy. The Republicans have saddled us with a $10 trillion deficit, increased the national budget from $2 trillion in '02 to more than $3 trillion in '08, and sent our economy into the toilet. Of course this boondoggle is hurting the economy, but nowhere as much as the Republicans have with their cronyism, corruption, record number of earmarks, spending spree and ineptitude. It's time for them to go.

    March 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Stephanie, PA

    Wow! Only 71%, huh? And we wonder why this election can't get past friends, ex-lovers, former pastors, pictures, flag pins, shamrock scarves, etc. Please, America...WAKE UP!

    March 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Stephen

    Well yes spending 12 billion every month that we don't have would hurt our economy.

    March 19, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Rex Alan

    Amazing. 32% still support the war. 32% that go to church every Sunday to atone for their sins. I guess that makes war alright.

    March 19, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Jos/Memphis, TN

    The 28% have their head buried in the sand.

    March 19, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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