June 30th, 2009
05:30 AM ET
13 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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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. the rector

    These troops should be rotated home asap. The only thing moving them into the desert will do is clearly define them as a target for larger scale attacks. It is absolutely sovereignty day for the iraquis, no more american bobies and no more colateral damage. Time to run your own country boys and girls, good luck!

    June 30, 2009 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  2. Luis Villan

    Our beloved innocent military will be stucked in that war whole if the President will be the arrogant McShame which only only cares about how tough he is, how he become a hero inside a prison for doing nothing, LOLZ. Thank you lord that you gave us President Barack Obama who would be the mediator of peace around the world and would bring back the good reputation of America back.

    June 30, 2009 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  3. Nicholas

    I am a regular cnn guy. I read this blog always and make my contribution where I deem it fit but to my understanding, my comments have never been posted. Well I dont know who is regulating this or if foreigners are allowed to comment on this blog. If foreigners are not allowed to comment on this blog, it is good to indicate so that people like me dont waste their opinion without having it posted. I urge whoever that is in control to understand that America policy affects almost everyone in the world be it internal or external and for that reason, we should be accorded space for people to read our comments.

    As for Iraq withdrawal, it is a welcome development. Iraqis should know that any deterent of security should be their responsibility but I still want the forces to assist in training the iraqis so that they can mount their security themselves and reduce the presure and success of terriorist organisation.

    Withdrawal will prove to the world that America has no vested interest in maintaining a permanent base in Iraq but maintain security. Muslims and arabs alike, should join hands in fighting terriorism. It is not the sole responsibility of Americans alone.

    Lagos, Nigeria

    June 30, 2009 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  4. KirksNoseHair

    Of course Americans overwhelmingly support ANY action that will move us in the direction of ending this ridiculous war of choice.

    Biggest blunder in American foreign policy history.

    June 30, 2009 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  5. Carl T

    Great! too bad they cant home right now

    June 30, 2009 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  6. Neilz

    Americans want the wars to end. We have been eating the Bush/Petraeus Doctrine of never ending war long enough. Obama plans to continue the policies of his predecessor, creating enemies as we fight enemies to keep our children in constant low level armed conflict for the next 15-20 years.
    And don't be fooled by the alleged pull-out. Our mercenaries (Blackwater and Haliburton and their minion) will still be on the ground, interfering with the new government whenever it drifts from the preordained path carved out by the American government since The Carter Doctrine. More Oil.
    Irag will be used to conjure up new threats to the security of the American Empire causing thousands more of our children to die needlessly to support the political and religious aims of the White Evangelical Christian government in it's dreams of Armageddon.
    The wars are not ending. They're just beginning.

    June 30, 2009 06:51 am at 6:51 am |

    Earlier we made many mistakes in our approach as well as in understanding the war in the right prospective to withdraw ourselves from the battle field much earlier. With sudden understanding of the path of peaceful coexistence, by the General Public amasses in the area at large, it is expected that the entire area shall come down to normal with passage of time after our troops are duly withdrawn. It is highly unlikely that neighboring states shall interfere or meddle in the Administration of Country; unless people from within the Country desire to widen the gap between ‘Sunni’ and ‘shia’ communities through embracing of violence. With a little of assistance from the knowledgeable staying within Country, such an effect can well be nullified from happening.

    June 30, 2009 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  8. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    It's a noble thing for humanitarian motives: that America should assume the role of the world's moral compass by trying to be the world's cop. Now whether it's too cost-prohibitive or even the right thing to do is a tough question no one is qualified to answer.

    So America's obligation to the world, if obligation there must be, is from a position of strength. Therefore, when unevenly enforcing ethics, some nations will be saved and some will be lost. These must be the growing pains nationalism exacts upon people as humanity further refines civilization. They'll get it right some day in the future. Just not now.

    June 30, 2009 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  9. Richard M. Mackowski


    What George W could achieve even with his ZIONIST shields around him, Presiden Barakh Obama realizes in just a very few monrhs in Office a commander in Chief.


    dr. dick mackowski, sj

    June 30, 2009 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  10. Arron

    The beginning of the end of Operation Iraqi Blunder... finally. Just remember folks, if the GOP were still in charge, we would be in Iraq for decades at a massive cost of American blood and treasure. Pakistan has turned on the Taliban, Lebanon overthrew Hezbollah and we have a pro democracy uprising in Iran... all on the heals of Obama's historic speech in Cairo. Obama is kicking some serious but on foreign affairs and is the terrorist's worst nightmare.

    June 30, 2009 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  11. Roland Ortega

    I believe the United States needs to adopt the same phylosophy as they use in Startrek. Not to intervene in any sovern nations policies or to try to dictate how the government of that nation is setup.We cannot be the police force of the world nor should we try to.Every nation should solve it's own problems elect it's own officials and deal with it's own issues.We need to focus on our country right now and fix our own country and deal with our own issues

    June 30, 2009 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    Another newsroom straw poll conducted between Wolfie and Larry I see.

    June 30, 2009 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  13. E. Elliot

    Ending the oil war of aggression is a great step back into the civilized community. Next there must be civil liability for the deaths and damages – not just to our families that lost people but to the Iraqis.

    June 30, 2009 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  14. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let the Iraqui people assume total responsibility for the policing of their country. We are seen by some of them as interlopers. It is time to come home.

    June 30, 2009 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  15. jody

    It's about time.

    June 30, 2009 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Kepep in mind all you Obamabots, this pullout was orchestrated by Bush not Obama. Of coure, the lefty lemmings will try to rewrite history, and claim Obama was the impetus. The reality, he flat out said he would maintain the timeline established by the Buh admin. Remember, Obama's foreign policy on Iraq/Afghanistan etc. . .are no different than Bush. What is different is his complete screw up when it comes to Iran. Nice job pres!!! Why not claim a "crisis" and introduce a bill at 3am that in effect creates a US government take over of Iran?

    June 30, 2009 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  17. JB

    I think Obama should introduce a bill at 3AM that allows for a US government take over of Iran.

    Obama's military policy re: Iraq is Bush's. He changed nothing. So don't go hailing the Obama-One as doing something great. If Bush was in office you would be screaming at him. One Obama took over you all just fell in line hailing his majesty. Obama's policy=Bush's policy.

    June 30, 2009 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  18. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    No what we want is the return of all combat troops overseas! We are not the world police! Now is the time to take care of our own for a change you can believe in.

    June 30, 2009 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  19. BigD_95

    Its about bloody time!!!!!!

    June 30, 2009 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. Craig in NC

    Cheney should be in prison. Not for war crimes, etc., blah blah blah but for his stance on gay marriage.

    June 30, 2009 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  21. guythegood

    You should get out of that country fast. Your inept and evil previous administration picked the scab off iraqi society and it will bleed into civil war. The ethnic and religious fault-lines are exposed. You could spend another six years there, lose 4200 more troops and the result will be the same. Getting out is the right thing to do now. The trick would have been not to go in at all. It's not as if you weren't warned by other members of the international community.

    June 30, 2009 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  22. howie

    Now you will see the powerfull war lords take over each city, hope not but afraid so. I have lived and worked in the middle east and am now afraid democracy will now fail

    June 30, 2009 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  23. Really!?

    As long as Democrats keep spending money we don't have left and right. Running up families costs like the Energy Bill ($4300/year NOT the $175 they talk about) and creating inefficient disfunctional government programs like privatized health care. The GOP will be fine. The latest liberal media poll has all the democratic platform items – environment, health care, stimulus at or below a 42% approval rating. Sooner or later it will catch up with all of them. Sooner I hope.

    June 30, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  24. Stephanie

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

    Grammar check much, CNN? Fire all of the editors and proofreaders, or are they busy worshiping 0bama?

    June 30, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
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