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. Ohio

    The rich have had a 8 yr. tax break under the Bush/Cheney trickle down economics and it's only gotten worse for the economy unless you're wealthy then in that case it benefited you. Trickle down economics only help the wealth few and the rest of America gets nothing but more debt!

    Brian March 19th, 2008 9:16 am ET

    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 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Tom

    One more comment:

    Did anyone see the movie "A Beautiful Mind"? I thought the point that John Nash made about doing what's best for yourself and the group should be applied to corporations – if it was, we wouldn't be in this mess.

    Imagine if the mortgage companies did what's best for themselves AND their customers instead of just what's best for themselves? Hmmm... the housing bubble might not have existed and the credit crunch wouldn't be so tight.

    March 19, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. DMAC/Post Falls, ID

    No matter who gets elected they are going to have to look hard at raising taxes. That is what it is going to take to pay for all of Bush's mess'. Either that or nothing will get done with the infrastructure repair that is badly needed in this country and our great great grand kids will still be paying off this horrid Bush/Chaney mess. They have miss handled everything in the last 7+ yrs. Americans are going to have to really bite the bullet no matter which side gets in.

    March 19, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Shane, NY

    Bush/Cheney and Rumsfeld should be thrown in jail. Nuff said. Your a fool if you think these guys are any good. Look at Oliver North and the Iran Contra affair. Freeway Ricky Ross is the only person that went to jail. If you don't know, the C.I.A basically delivered cocaine into urban communities and sold weapons to Iran in exchange for hostages. Now Oliver North has a show on the fox news network(real fair and balanced). What a joke our war on drugs is and our war on terrorism.

    March 19, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Sister of a Soldier

    I'm not disagreeing with the fact that the war has possibly hurt our economy; however, I would simply like everyone to think about where the money is going that funds this war. It is supplying and protecting our troops (my brother and my friends included). So, regardless of whether you believe we should or should not be in this war, the fact is that we are in this war. We should continue to fund it properly as long as it lasts, no matter how long or how short.

    March 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Obama the other white meat

    Because 71% are hurt by the economy. Hillary has the only plan to fix it. Obama the parrot has no idea. Obama cant speech his way out of this mess. Obama has already said he is going to lay off 1.3 million military people. How do you create jobs by getting rid of them?

    March 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Pat M Canada

    It's HURTING ALL ECONOMIES WORLD WIDE !

    For the Love of Abraham, Ike, John, Theordore, Jimmy, Ronald, George Sr., and Bill ELECT WISDOM and SAVE US ALL !!!!

    VOTE HILLARY FOR THE CHANGE THROUGH ACTION !

    March 19, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Veterans for Obama

    No....really? Next people will wake up and realize Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11....and that we are NOT safer now because of this war...and evolution is a fact....the earth is millions of years old...stem cell research WILL save lives...the earth IS getting hotter...and no the rapture is never going to occur. Its no wonder the rest of the world thinks we're a bunch of dribbling morons.

    March 19, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. jerome

    And the other 29% who don't agree must be "flaming idiots"! Come on! Twelve billion per month on a war that has left the country in ruins and no exit strategy. The American tax payer will be footing the bill for this war into the next century.

    March 19, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. elmerg

    Why is Bush so happy in this photo? Is it because he knows his personal financial state is secure? Because he doesn't have to worry about health insurance for the rest of his days? Because he doesn't have a clue about the terrible financial condition this country is in mostly due to policies and decisions he has made?
    The Roman emperor Caligula comes to mind.
    Thank a lot, fellow Americans, for foisting this charlatan on us for eight years. Do you plan on making the same mistake in November and electing John McBush?

    March 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. gb

    my only response is no frekin duh this war has hurt our economy we have spent billions no trillions of dolars on another country to become a democracy and to end "terror"... when we have home issues..

    March 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. gb

    and its not like hillary will help... im tired of how fake she is.....

    March 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Thomas

    Alot of that war money goes to US companies... the gun makers and ammo makers, airplane companies, Military war wages... The money that is wasted is the war money used to "rebuild" IRAQ now if that money was a loan to IRAQ we would have no problems, because as soon as they get on there feet again we would get the money back.

    But you can all go on blaming the war if it makes you feel better.... (You might not want to buy a house with 0 down next time, thats what is hurting now)

    March 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. marv g

    Cheryl, please don't forget that it was hilary that voted for the war for political gain. she too is also responsible for our current ecomonic condition.

    March 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. sw

    Too bad if you just know this now, Bush spent your money, giving contracts to his oil and arms manufaturer friends. Interesting is that this the guy saying "we need change how the Washington politics works" during his compaign.

    March 19, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. soberone

    How long do we train our troops before sending them in harms way

    How long do the Iraq troops get to train before we send them into harms way?

    When do we send the bobbsy twins into Iraq to fight instead of BS the way they are doing from the white house

    Yes Verginia there are clowns in the white house and stupid too

    March 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Dave

    the remaining 29% are the clueless and those that profit from the war. the sight of the Federal Reseve chairman, Bernanke, turns my stomach. he (and Greenspan before him) is out to ruin the economy. please don't be fooled by these people.

    March 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Dr Ray from Ohio

    Seah wrote, "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."

    Yep, the economy and 7 in 10 believing that the war in Iraq has impacted it are the fault of Obama.:) You must be one of the 3 in 10 who disagree with the poll.

    Ladies and gentlemen, meet the missing moron.:)

    March 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. TheLeftNut

    Tom,

    You spewing typical neocon spin. Go plug your brain back into Rush's website.

    March 19, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. TheLeftNut

    Praetorian, Fort Myers,

    Your a dilusional fear monger. Concentration on the Military Industrial Complex and ignorance of economic regulation got us. Chicago School of Economics philosophy got us in this slump. Now we're gonna suffer more because people like you CAN'T OPEN THEIR EYES.

    Love,
    Constantine

    March 19, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. BCNU purple state, usa

    Tom & dave:

    Finally a couple of adults have posted! Thank you!

    March 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Dennis

    I'm certain the money that is being spent in Iraq could be better spent here in the States. However, I'm not certain the war in Iraq is responsible for our economy.

    March 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Marina

    Bush and Cheney have to be impeach. They ahve no respect for anyone other then their gread for oil $.Just last remarks by Cheney claiming he did not car what the American public thought of the so called war. These two idiots are criminals. We have Americans loosing thee homes, jobs and families but they spend trillions on a false war that gives Bush and Cheney more $ for their companies..

    March 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Concerned Citizen

    Bush, Cheney, Haliburton and the ones that profitted from the War in Iraq should pay for it out of all of the ga-zillion dollars they made from it. They should bring our troops home and contract the services out to Blackwater and any volunteer employees to stay there and fight it on THEIR DIME ! And if they win, they win and if not..................However, we, the people, should stop paying for it immediately.

    March 19, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Tanya

    Having this huge national debt means that we are borrowing money to pay our country's every day bills. From whom do we borrow? Mostly from China. They, basically, own us.
    Is anyone out there bothered by this?!

    March 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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