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. ECHEWEOZO

    God help america,we dont know who to trust but lets try obama

    March 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Saad

    I am proud of my fellow Americans. At least 70% of us can do the simple math of putting 2 & 2 together. That's more percentage of sensible people in the country than in this administration.

    There is HOPE ::))

    March 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. La Petite Sorciere

    Now you say it??? while most countries in the world and specially the rich ones invst on their own people through education, arts, music, travel, healthcare, and all we spend our money on war and Bush thinks the war does not affect the economy??

    remember, McCain, Bush and Hillary all for the war they are all one and the same...............

    War is not the answer............ Hillary and McCain are not the answer
    we need change major change

    March 19, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Len

    Are these the same people from another poll whom believe we are winning the war in Irag!! Americans are so fickle and uninformed!!

    March 19, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. James

    Comment to david:
    She is smart, intelligent ,champion of Universal healthcare, 36 years of expierience
    and does have solutions.

    Question: Did she achieve her stated goals, when she was in the White House as a Senator from New York.
    Answer: No
    She has had every oppurtunity to achieve these goals for 36 years.

    Time for a change and Hillary is also welcome on board.

    Obama 08

    March 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Bob Stephens

    Now I know what it must have felt like to have lived in the old Soviet Union. Having Bush and Cheney running the government and starting wars whenever they want ( with alot of help from Hillary, by the way).

    March 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Mike in Cleveland

    The higher the national deficit is ($9 trillion now) is the lower the dollar becomes. Since we spent $3 trillion on the war, of course the dollar sinks like a stone. Falling dollar affects the cost of oil per barrel, which in turn causes consumers to spend less, starting the recession. I know this is an overly simplistic scenario. But my point is that we're spending more than we're taking in, causing the deficit to rise and the dollar to sink. Stop the war, pay down some of the national debt, let the dollar rise in value, and come back to gov't surplus; then the recession will stop!

    March 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Ron

    DUH!!!! This war is unbelievably costly on several levels and it could go on for another 10 years. Pull out slowly, let the Iraq's take care of their own!! If they need a little help we can offer it, but lets let these people control their own destiny.

    March 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Christian

    Good. That means the Democrats can succesfully tie the two issues together. If they do, perhaps they'll win by a landslide

    March 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Brian

    Keep laughing, Bush. You've ruined our country. You are the worst American president in history.

    March 19, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. TD Friedman

    Since the military is stretched so thin, W probably thinks that is the 85,000 people who have been put out of work are looking, they would all be welcome to enlist.

    March 19, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Obama supporter

    Obama is correct you need to not only be ready on day one but also right on day one. Unfortunately he is neither; he wasn’t right on day one when buying his home. He hasn’t been right on day one for over 20 years picking Rev. Wright.

    What a hypocrite! I am black and I am switching to vote for Clinton–she deserves it.

    March 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. AJP Richardson, TX

    You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. It is a no brainer.

    March 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Enrique

    The war that Hillary Clinton and John McCain supported is costing our country thousands of lives and billions of dollars. Both of them are responsible for allowing this war to happen and the damage that it is doing to our economy.

    March 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Tom

    Let's do the simple math.

    Cost of Iraq war: $200 Billion per year = $1 trillion dollars over 5 years(on high side of estimate according to many economists)

    US GDP: $13 trillion per year = $65 trillion over 5 years.

    Iraq war spending vs. GDP: 1.5% (that's one and a half percent).

    Put this into context. In WWII, wartime spending and post-wartime spending was 140% of US GDP. 140%. And we're spending 1.5% on Iraq?

    Total defense spending is inching up towards 5%, which is historically very low.

    So, 30% of Americans are using their brain. Spending on Iraq is not putting this economy on the ropes. Far from it. Medicare and Social Security are budget busters, not this war. Government as a whole is a drain on the US economy, not this war. Government is the problem, not the solution.

    The Government does not provide revenue, it does not produce, it only consumes.

    March 19, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. AJ, IL

    Only 71%! Wow! I would have expected a number like 90 to 99% . This just goes to show how uneducated and informed a good segment of the American population is. As an American you may not know how much a negative impact the Iraq War is having on our economy but you should be able to agree that being engaged in a war for 5 years and counting is bad for the economy.

    Hopefully Obama can get back on message about ending the Iraq War (5 year anniversary today) and fixing our economy.

    Obama in 08!

    March 19, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Ron

    Hillary IS NOT our only hope..you folks need to snap out of it. Be objective and check her history, ALL OF IT!! While she has some very strong skills, she IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY!! You guys seem seem to forget she admitted that she didn't even take the time to read the entire report on Iraq BEFORE voting for it. You call that GOOD JUDGEMENT...BEING READY ON DAY ONE..NO what this was a political based vote because she was thinking itthe war would be over by now and the record would be she was strong on nation defense!! Six months ago she said the FLORIDA and MICHIGAN primaries would not count...now she is back out of her word AGAIN, and trying to make them count...She is a POLITICIAN FIRST...we really don't need more of this manipulative behavoir. I was a supporter six months ago..NO MORE.

    March 19, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. seah

    With Obama running around for well over a year, screaming the sky is falling and telling every American that Iraq war is hurting you. He told them so much, they believed him.

    March 19, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. dave

    Yeah, if it weren't for the Iraq war, our economy would've been in recession far earlier. Spending money on war means putting money into American soldiers, defense contractors and other contractors who got good deals in Iraq.

    90% of our economic downturn is from the credit crisis, housing downturn, mortgage debacle, etc...The rest from increasing fuel/food prices...

    March 19, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. MP

    Great to see the 'president' getting a good laugh!...Of course the war has hurt our economy!...Bush being appointed in 2000 was just the start of our economic woes...Today isn't even as bad as it's going to get, so brace yourselves...Of course, none of this will touch the Bush regime and hangers on or the 29% of this country (God help us) who believe that the war has nothing to do with the economy,

    March 19, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. vicki

    Outsourcing our National defense to Europe . Instead of keeping Jobs here in America. Our President is clueless. It's embarrissing when he speaks . Instead of sending out a one time check to people try keeping peoples jobs so they ,weekly checks , NOT JUST ONE .

    March 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. K. Lee

    To all Hillary and Obama supporters,
    We need to come together regardless of the Nominee. I am an Obama supporter, BUT will STRONGLY support Clinton if she is the nominee. WE CANNOT AFFORD BUSH 2.0 (MCCAIN) IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS WAR HAS DRAINED THIS COUNTRY FINANCIALLY AS WELL AS LOSING LOVED ONES. WE NEED TO BRING THEM HOME!! LET'S BRING BACK INTEGRITY AND RESPECT TO THE WHITE HOUSE. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    March 19, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. NCLaw441

    The great majority of people in this country supported going into Iraq. You cannot change that. It is easy to have these opinions without any responsibility for the consequences. Frankly, I doubt that anywhere near 10% of the country has any understanding of basic economics at all.

    Traditionally war efforts result in booming economies in this country. The money that is spent is not unlike the stimulus money being sent to individual taxpayers in May. War money is spent on buying things and employing people (who have to build the things that the government is buying) who then in turn spend that money on other things. However, it would be a better practice to cut spending in other areas while the war spending is going on. Then again, the war spending is pretty small in relation to things like welfare and social security spending, along with other entitlement spending.

    March 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Tom

    I love the fact that 71% of us are economists and know what the heck we're talking about. /sarchasm

    It just shows that 71% of the people are uninformed – don' t you know that war and government spending actually HELPS the economy?

    It's the credit crunch and American's spending more than they make that hurt this economy. That, and corporate greed.

    March 19, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Shame on you America

    Didn't someone once say, "Beward of the Military Industrial Complex..."???

    March 19, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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