April 7th, 2009
10:06 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama in Iraq: Americans approve of his plan, says poll

(CNN) - As President Obama makes an unannounced stop in Iraq, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Americans overwhelmingly support the president's plan to remove the majority of U.S. troops from the country by August of next year.

Just under 70 percent of Americans approve of Obama's plan to remove most troops in Iraq by next August while keeping 35,000-50,000 troops there past that date. Thirty percent of Americans oppose that plan.

Of the 30 percent who oppose the plan, 19 percent want all troops removed as soon as possible while 11 percent say all troops should stay indefinitely.

The new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also showed 63 percent of Americans oppose the War in Iraq while 35 percent approve.

The poll, conducted between April 3-5, interviewed 1,023 adult Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus three points.

Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. linda lake

    Obama claims that he respects our military people. Yeah, right. This is another example of Obama lying to the American people and our service women and men. Obama wanted our veterans to pay for their own medical care for war related injuries instead of the VA picking up the tab. That doesn't sound like a president who cares about our soldiers. Sounds to me like he DOESN'T CARE about them. What is Obama thinking... that the it is an injured soldier's fault they were wounded in combat and that the government doesn't have to pay for their health care? And then Obama has the nerve to cut our military spending when we are engaged in two wars and much of our military equipment is worn out from these wars. Yeah... he really is making America safer and cares about our military. What a joke!

    April 7, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Marsha Modest

    The President is going in the right direction. As long as the solution is war the goal can never be peace. The world deserves better than we have received from our elected officials in the area of peace and reconciliation.

    People who really want to know why war is always proposed should follow the money trail of who benefits during times of war. Does Halliburton sound familar

    April 7, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Joe in Austin

    Good plan. Seven years overdue.

    April 7, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. brett

    this poll shows it is APPROVED of Obama's job?.... truth spoke that CNN has been on Obama's shadow ever since he running for president. So, CNN did not show any real truth that Obama has been done wrongly. Every other media showed that as long there is TRUTH in America.

    Oh, i forget that Obama is D, never been telling truth that he going to let FULL government control... I have to remind myself to not vote for him.

    April 7, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. KC

    JJ: He isn't ending the war....we will still have 35-50,000 troops over there. (If he doesn't waiver on that promise too). He is taking the troops coming home from Iraq and sending them to Afghanistan. Oh wow - big difference - not. Try having 3 family members being sent to Afghanistan this year with minimal support systems greeting them when they get there. I say enough. Bring them home. Let that whole area just take care of themselves....bring our soldiers home. Lord knows there are very few people in this country who deserve the sacrifice our troops make. God bless our troops.

    April 7, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Sounds like he is pretty much following the Bush plan. Not an original thought in his head except for taxing us more.

    April 7, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Larry of Massachusetts

    Obama should get a frequent flyer pass to Afghanistan as US troops will be dyiung there for the next decade or longer.

    April 7, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. BARRY

    Wow...America agrees with his plan according to a CNN Poll.

    Well...unfortunately....there is no Obama plan. The withdrawal of troops and the timeline given was negotiated by President Bush.

    But....CNN will not report that of course with their crack team of "journalists"

    April 7, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Lynn

    Actually, President Bush signed an agreement that was put forth by the Iraqis. He had little choice.

    April 7, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. b

    Dean in Florida,

    If I recall President Obama and the democrats wanted a timeline to begin with and the GOP and Bush were adamant about saying that it was declaring defeat. Ah poor short memory repugs and their distorted views.

    April 7, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Matt of Langley, Virginia "The Company"

    Obama is following George Bush's plan for withdrawal in Iraq – no more no less. But the war in Afghanistan is now Obama's War as he escalates there. And Obama will also own the war in Pakistan, and in Iran, and in North Korea. Let's have no more "I inherited this" nonsense. Time to step up Mr President and get us out of Afghanistan, Heroin Capital of the MidEast, and home to the most corrupt government on the planet.

    April 7, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Ex-military in Texas

    Freed_From_W April 7th, 2009 10:18 am ET

    I'll take the current plan, seeing as it's much better than the "100 years of war" that McCain and the GOP want, but 35,000-50,000 troops is still an occupation

    wow, you guys are STILL misquoting him. He said that we could be there for 100 years. Didn't say we would be at war. We've been in Germany for what, 75 years? Not at war. Been in South Korea for more than 50 years. You think you're gonna see ALL troops out of the middle east...ever? I doubt it.

    April 7, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. cool onlooker

    What a smart move!

    Though no big surprise, I still feel surprised to read the news. This young generation Prez is full of smart surprises.

    April 7, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. JDeNicola


    "Lets be honest. Right now the republicans, the extreme right wing puts party ahead of country. Many good republicans in the middle pray that Barack does well for all of us. "

    RE: Lets be honest. Right now the democrats, the extreme left wing puts party ahead of country. Many good democrats in the middle pray that Barack does well for all of us. "

    C'mon now. Do you REALLY believe ANY party, Democrat or Republican DON'T put party politics ahead of Nation?
    Both parties have lost their identities over the past year.

    Nancy Pelosi wasted SO MUCH time in congress last year as speaker by creating and scheduling wasteful and ponderous "resolutions" denouncing Pres. Bush and the War in Iraq rather than scheduling other issues such as infrasctructure, economy, etc. And yes, there are others in the Repub. side of the aisle too.

    April 7, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ Dutch

    Most of th epeople here pretending to be upset at him not pulling all troops out immediately are GOPers jsut trying to stir up resentment and criticism of Obama. You can tell when they start using GOP talking points in the midst of pretending to be an anti-war hippy. Best left ignored.

    April 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. rodlang

    Fact is the surge worked the way is was intended. Bush negotiated the exit strategy with the Iraqi goverment. The troops have to be out by the end of 2011. Obama isn't doing anything differerent in Iraq.

    April 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. coolDummy

    It is sad to see that no matter what President Obama does,some people will never give him credit.A lot of these naysayers are mostly illiterate and backward people who need to go back to school to learn how the world works.regarding the North Korea situation,America has to respect the opinions of other countries by doing things legally and following due process.North Korea is not going anywhere until the UN has come to a decision (thats why it was set up anyway) and America would be foolish to try to go it alone this time when they can hardly handle,talk less of finish what they started in Iraq and Afghanistan,and later turned around to beg other countries to join.This time,the President knows that America is just 5% of the whole world and it is always wiser and more moral to seek the opinion of others before jumping into a situation like North Korea is presenting.Most of these idiotic naysayers are just empty drums filled with undeserved pride.
    "It is the greatest General who wins over his enemy without firing a shot" ....Sun Tsu.This is exactly what President Obama is doing.Kudos.

    April 7, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Lori in St Pete

    Ex-military in Texas, if little georgie had kept his eyes on the prize in Afghanistan (you remember OBL, don't you?), American troops would have been finished and out of there years ago. And even if they weren't, that's where the terrorists who attacked us are training. It's better to eradicate an entire colony of aggressive africanized bees than to try to deal with them after they've left the nest to stir up trouble. That, combined with the carpet bombing of his best friends the Saudis – who BTW are the one funding the terrorists – would have put a stop to this fiasco in short order. President Obama inherited this disaster from little georgie. If anyone thought for a minute that he could turn things around in a matter of weeks, I've got more bad news for you; the tooth fairy, the easter bunny and santa clause aren't real.

    April 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. A better idea . . .

    I would love it if Barry would just stay in Iraq, or Turkey, or Englad. basically anywhere but America. He has been apologizing for me and everyone for the last several days so he might as well just stay over there. Can we impeach this guy already and get a true liberal in the Oval. This guy is giving democrats a bad name . . .

    April 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Lori in St Pete

    Mike Syracuse, NY., The masses of troops need chem suits, armored vehicles and other personnel protection measures far more than they need a few new fighter jets.

    April 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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