June 30th, 2009
05:30 AM ET
14 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans overwhelming support moving US combat troops out of Iraqi cities

WASHINGTON (CNN) -A new national poll suggests that nearly three-quarters of all Americans support the plan to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities and towns, even though most believe that the troop movements will lead to an increase in violence in that country.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released on Tuesday morning comes on the same day as the long-anticipated deadline for American troops to pull out of Iraqi towns and cities. The U.S. military has been gradually moving its combat troops out of Iraq's population centers for months to meet the deadline agreed by Washington and Baghdad. Since January the Americans have handed over or shut down more than 150 bases across the country, leaving U.S. troops in a little over 300 locations in Iraq that will gradually be handed over to Iraqi control. The Iraqi government describes Tuesday's pullout as National Sovereignty Day."

Seventy-three percent of Americans questioned in the poll favor the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraqi cities and towns, with 26 percent opposed.

"This plan has widespread bipartisan support," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Seventy two percent of Democrats and 74 percent of Republicans favor this move."

The poll indicates that 52 percent think the level of violence in Iraqi cities will increase after U.S. troops withdraw, with 32 percent saying things will remain the same and 15 percent feeling that the level of violence will decrease. If violence does increase, the poll suggests Americans are quite clear about how to respond.

"Nearly two-thirds say that the U.S. should not send combat troops back into Iraqi population centers even if there is a significant increase in the number of violence attacks." Holland notes. "Americans seem to believe that once the Iraqis are in charge, it's up to them to solve any future problems."

The overall war in Iraq remains unpopular, with only about a third the public supporting the U.S. war in that country.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,026 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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  1. Ron In California

    BHO coming to find that GWB was right about a lot of things. The reason the troops are able to pull out is beacuse GWB forged on with a good plan despite the opposition. But BHO will get the credit.

    June 30, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. TM in CO

    It's about darn time we started getting our troops out of Iraq. That is a war that should have never been waged. If there is unrest after the pull out, let the Iraqi people deal with it on there own. We have problems right here in our country that need to be focused on. We aren't the world police, nor can we save it. Maybe if the US of A quit interferring in other countries business and started worrying about what is going on within our own border's, other coutries/factions would want to attack us.

    June 30, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. TM in CO

    Oops – Wouldn't want to attack us.

    June 30, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Tom

    All we have been doing is stalling an Iraqi civil war. Thank goodness we are getting our soldiers out of there!

    June 30, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Pete

    Of course we support getting out of there. We had no business in there to start with. The whole country of Iraq isn't worth one American life, so we're all pleased to be rid of the place. The Shia and the Sunnis can battle it out forever for all we care, and when it's over, then we can come in pump out their oil. After all, that's the real reason why we shoved our noses in there in the first place.

    June 30, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |

    As a matter of practice or ideology being followed since inception, the American Troops who were supposed to leave Iraq almost immediately as soon as the ‘Iraq War’ was over but was delayed due to circumstances beyond its control to forcefully prolong the stay till date which has fulfilled the commitment given to all of us through automatic infusion of feed, the Nation is carrying together not to interfere on the internal matters of other Countries, so far a Country is right in its approaches towards others and accordingly the ‘World’ hailed the action of America as ‘just and perfect’ being we, ‘the entire world’ has already witnessed the result of rare planting of ‘Terrorist’ action all over the Globe which would have never been possible; had not American together with others who cooperated in the War sacrificed so many valuable lives which was also equally born or shared by the Iraqis for absorbing the assaults inflicted upon them by the terrorists for a long period of time to make the area somewhat calm to infuse a sense of security to all to a large extent. The entire World now hopes that ‘Middle East’ shall take the path of peaceful coexistence henceforth instead of fighting with each other.

    June 30, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Mike in Fairfax

    So... according to General Odierno...we've been out of all the cities but two for the past eight months. Why the big deal about this today? I'm all for it, but does moving out of the last two really mark a huge milestone?

    June 30, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Nancy - Houston

    If the Iraqi people think they are happy to see the U.S. military leave, they should be standing in the shoes of the majority of the American public. Americans should be dancing in the streets waving our flag now that we are leaving a senseless war behind Sometimes I feel like the Iraqi people are spoiled ingrates; they want someone else to take care of them, but yet resented us being there. Everytime I saw the faces of casulties on TV, it stung so badly, I felt each one may as well have been my own. I will always thank my God that my offspring grew up in more peaceful times and none of them had to fight in a war. To all our military..WELCOME HOME!! And to all those families who lost loved ones, I share your tears.

    June 30, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. LacrosseMom

    "This plan has widespread bipartisan support," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Seventy two percent of Democrats and 74 percent of Republicans favor this move."

    I am not surprised by the polling results. Americans were lied to by the Bush regime. He lied about WMD's. He lied about Al-Qaeda & Sadaam; he lied about Iraq's nukes! Bush wanted to get his hands on the oil, that was and is the reason 4300 Troops dies, over 20 thousand maimed for life and........ countless 100's of thousands of Iraqi died.

    The Bush regime failed to take into account the culture of the region, the fact that since the world began the Sunis have hated the Shiites and vice versa!

    How much money did this war cost America? How many precious lives lost for one man's ego?!

    June 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. James M. Holmes

    Well it looks like G. W. Bush's biggest failure (among the many) is finally coming to an end.

    This sorry episode will always be a stain on this country. Our brave men and women who served there will ALWAYS be held in high regard, but this invasion should never have happened...

    One by one, Obama is cleaning up the messes left by the worst administration ever... and over time this whole occupation will fade into history as one of the worst stratigic blunders in American history!

    June 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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