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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  1. demwit

    The ignorant and wrongly educated liberals make up 71% of America?? God help us..

    March 19, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Phil in KC

    With the money spent on Iraq, we could have shored up Social Security for years to come. We could have repaired or replaced much of our infrastructure. We could be closer to a cure for cancer or AIDS. We could have built schools and paid for college educations. There are so many constructive things that could have benefited this country and helped our economy.
    Instead, approximately 4000 young people have lost their lives, we have actually exacerbated the schism between Islam and Judeo-Christians and we have lost our standing on the world stage.
    It did more than just hurt our economy.

    March 19, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Jed in Texas

    looks like they are laughing at the tax payers for funding it.

    March 19, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Terry

    Of course it hurts the economy. That should not be a surprise to anyone. We are spending far more than we take in. The value of the dollar reflects this ad has plummneted around the world. We can not keep this ups as a Nation. Please remember what happen to the USSR. They spent 10 years fighting in Afghanistan. They had a weak economy to beginas a result of that war spending they went broke. As they were doing this spending we were keeping the war alive by supporting the Afghans. Now we are in a situation were Iran as turned those very tables on to the U.S. They (Iranians) are supporting the Iraqies who are helping to create and continue the current stalemate. We keep spending, our dollar keeps getting lower and the Iranians are getting the profits from our high gas prices to help fund or a leat not to try to stop the violenace and insatbility in Iraq. Sounds like a sweet job, if you can get.

    March 19, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. CHERYL

    WELL HECK YES WE DO!

    THE WORST THING IS THAT WE HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT! EXCEPT THOUSANDS OF DEAD AND WOUNDED PEOPLE!!!!!!

    ALSO A WORLD THAT HATES AMERICANS !

    AND WE FUNDED IT! OR SHOULD I SAY OUR CHILDREN DID!!!!!!!!

    WE NEED SENATOR CLINTON IN THERE ASAP!!!!!!!!

    SHE CAN START TO FIX OUR BROKEN COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

    WE ARE WITH YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. sickaboutit

    Strange that 68% of us thought the war was the right thing to do back in 2003.
    As new information comes to light most of us have changed our minds. Now with 66% oposing the war it is amazing what hindsite can do for you.
    As far as cost? We will be paying for this into the foreseeable future one way or another. To think that the war has nothing to do with 110 dollar oil is about as dumb as measuring inflation "ex food and energy" What a JOKE!
    As the American people pony up the bucks and blood it takes to support the "World policeman" mentality, the fat cats get fatter,
    The poor man gets poorer and the "new world order" gets closer.
    Not to worry though. The arabs love us (ex 17 or so) and will use OPEC to produce a great abundance of oil so the price of oil will go down to at least 100. The Arabs will send troops to kill their brother in Iraq and everything will be just hunkey dory! When pigs fly.

    March 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Fred

    We were lied in to this war. Now forget the lie. We need to help other countries so we go broke. Between Bush and Cheney they have put us down the jonny flusher. You can bet they and their familys wont be going with out for the rest of their lives. They gotten rich you just dont think of that.

    March 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. clarity

    Only 71%?!

    March 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Tanya, Chicago

    Look who is the only one laughing. This dude just does not get it!

    March 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Glenn

    Well duh! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the war has cost 4000 American lives, 20,000+ wounded, and $500 billion in five short years and that just Iraq. Afganistan drives the costs up higher.

    And McCain wants to keep us ther 100 more years? Hillary and McCain both voted for this Bush disaster. How many years back did Bush declare "Mission Accomplished" in his photo-op on the aircraft carrier deck in his "play like" military uniform posing as a real military pilot? Supoort our troops by ending the war and bring the troops home.

    Obama 08

    March 19, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Kenneth

    We have spent $624 Billion has of last Monday. That is a lot of cheese!

    March 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Please don't keep me waiting in moderation.

    71% THINK??? It should be 100% KNOW!!
    I have no doubt that the war is hurting the economy and could not understand why so many pundits kept saying the candidates need to stop talking about the war and address the economy. One discussion cannot exist without the other.

    March 19, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. RealityKing

    Read it again folks...

    "71 percent said they think U.S. spending in Iraq is a reason for the nation's poor economy. "

    Now think about the fact that we have been in Iraq for 5 years, the very same 5 years that we have also been in the longest economic expansion in history.

    Questions??

    March 19, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. CHERYL

    VOTE FOR SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!

    SHE CAN AND WILL BEAT McCAIN!!!!!!!!!

    HILLARY HAS GREAT NUMBERS IN THE POLLS!!!!!!!

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T GIVE UP!!!!!!

    SHE WILL NOT GIVE UP AS OUR PRESIDENT EITHER!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. James

    I also think the war was a waste. What did it bring to America.
    At least 12 Billion dollars a month, I damaged reputation in the world, Saddam removed, Over 4000 soldiers dead the most after Bush declared victory. For the Iraqis More violence and bloodshed than they could imagine, NO Security ,No Healthcare, No Womens rights, Division and all the sins of war. The Iraqis are 1000 times worse off than before this needless invasion. We do have a responsibility to Iraq, However the Iraqi Government needs to finally take responsibility and settle their differences. They have had long enough to show leadership and reconciliation. If there is no pressure on the Iraqi Politicians they will not act, I am behind every plan to withdraw our combat troops. The time for Diplomacy is now

    March 19, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. SHE LEADS

    Uhm, at least 71% of American's are using their brains!

    March 19, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. david

    Ya think??

    GO HILLARY! WE MUST FIND A WAY TO PUT THIS WOMAN IN AS PRESIDENT. SHE IS OUR ONLY HOPE.

    March 19, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Patty

    In the beginning maybe a war was justified under the circumstances but the big concern is the length and cost. Just last weekend on a major news show, it showed how our money was paying for a zoo in Iraq. That somehow does not seem right when here in the US our schools are hurting, people are hurting and our infrastructure is hurting – all the things people are saying in these blogs. Where does it end?

    March 19, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Reality

    Seriously, this is not that hard to figure out. We're spending hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq. What for? What are your taxes buying? Are we really safer now, than we were in 2001?

    I think we've alienated ourselves internationally with the Iraq war, and have made a great many enemies for life with our occupation.

    I do not feel safer now than in 2001. Any time you invade and occupy a country, people will fight you.

    Meanwhile, New Orleans is still half destroyed, roads are deteriorating, the economy is floundering, schools are failing, we are falling far behind in technology and research, healthcare is unavailable to many and inflation is out of control.

    Every dollar comes from somewhere. Every dollar we spend in Iraq is either coming out of your pocket, or is contributing to the high inflation we're experiencing by creating more US government debt. The more debt the US government has, the less it is worth, and the less US government debt is worth, the less each dollar is worth, and the more it costs for an average American to live.

    Save America, end the war.

    March 19, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Jeff in Chicago

    Uh, ya think?

    March 19, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. jp/michigan

    Please! The only people in denial is Bush, Chaney and McCain. Don't you just want to shake them and say, " what is wrong with you."

    March 19, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. ECHEWEOZO

    HILLARY IS A LIER,OBAMA IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WE CAN TRUST

    YES WE CAN

    March 19, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. TheLeftNut

    RealtyKing reality check:

    An expansion that is based on corrupt credit practices you idiot.

    March 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. William

    McCain wants to keep the war going. Hopefully, the 30% that agrees will be the only ones voting for him.

    For more of the same, vote McCain

    March 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. TheLeftNut

    It hurts alot more than the economy…

    4,000 US Soldiers dead

    30,000 US Soldiers wounded

    100,000+ Iraqi's that died that wouldn't have

    Cowards that allow our beloved Constitution to be comprimised in the name of "security" and "torture"

    The good name of the United States stained

    …just to start

    March 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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