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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Whether we are there or not, violence will increase. Remaining Al Queda in Iraq elements will try and destabilize the young Iraqi democracy. Iraqi troops have been trained to take on the enemy. This is their problem now.

    June 30, 2009 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Independent in TX

    I'm not a big Obama supporter by any means, however, I am glad he is finally sticking to a campaign promise and getting our boys out. Thank you Mr. President.

    June 30, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Bush and Cheney, with their illegal war, have ripped off more money from more US Citizens than Madoff did. Not to even mention the blood on their hands for 4300 + US Citizens killed and tens of thousands maimed for life.

    The two of them should be sentenced to the same fate a Madoff.

    June 30, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. Matt

    Thank you President Bush for helping to give a beacon of freedom to the Middle East.

    You will go down in History as one of the greatest Presidents ever.

    Thank you.

    June 30, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. Scooter

    Now before all you libs give Obama credit for doing this, let's get the facts out. The timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi cities, and subsequent withdrawal of all ground forces from Iraq is set forth in the Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) negotiated last year by the Bush Administration. This was all agreed to before Obama was even elected. He is just executing Bush's plan. But he'll probably take some credit for it anyways! And his supporters will definitely give him all the credit.

    June 30, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Carl Benefield

    Since the troops are staying in Iraq for some time, they are available to assist the Iraqi forces if there is a problem. Surely, the enemies of Iraq, or those who have an agenda there, will surge back into terrorism after the complete US pullout.

    June 30, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Hm, the rules have changed, they have changed all right, :).

    I know National Security, believe it or not, is arguably the only policy that both sides agree on...hmmmm, did I talk about this by the way one time?? *wink*... :).

    Yep, let's sit back and wait for that dynasty, LOL!! 🙂

    June 30, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Iraqis need to stand up for their own country. It will be a long hard fight for them, but in the end it will be worth it for the few remaining. This could be a sign of how willing some of the Muslims are willing to deal with other sects of Islam. The Sunni and Shiite have deal with one another on a civil and equal basis in Iraq. Once that happens on a consistant basis, then the country will have a chance to start to eliminate the corruption that seems to be rampant in the Arab world (needing to pay bribes among other things).

    June 30, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. George

    We should have never been in Iraq in the first place. Now I am happy to see the military and President Obama cleaning up Bush and Chenny's mess. Speaking of Chenny why do you people keep listening to his stupid words? Wasn' 8 years enough for you? Between Chenny, Rush, and Joe the Plunger, the 3 sound like a huge flush of a toilet. Move on CNN!!!! America is back!!!!

    June 30, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Harvey for Obama

    We should never have invaded Iraq and if anyone thinks we should stay there until the violence stops, that's silly.

    June 30, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Fred the Moderate

    Mabe we can save some of the $162 billion dollars bush pushed for this year? Maybe we can spend that at home where it will help us? At least it won't be going down a desert hole like the rest for a war that had NO meaning. What an absolute waste of life and cash – and dick cheney is still talking after that waste? What a joke !

    June 30, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” to save a zygote now, so it can then kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    Thank you. President Obama for not listening to the neo-con "christian" warmongers who would have us stay there indefinitely.

    Good job!

    June 30, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  13. larrywi

    There has to remain a delicate balance here, although the Iraqi's, for all practicle purposes, seem to be poised to take care of themselves we cannot assume that will be the case, so the US will still need to be at the ready and close by for an indefinate period of time. The US must see this through, it was our fight, and it is our responsibility to the Iraqi"s, and to all of our military personnel who served there to see this through.

    June 30, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    And 72% of Americans want a public health option, with about 90% of elected Democrats wanting it, and 0.0% of RepubliCONS. Who's in the pockets of the health and energy special interest groups? The numbers speak for themselves...

    June 30, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. chf

    The invasion of Iraq was - and is - the responsibility of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Rummyfeld, Wolfowitz, and their minions. If there is need for anything whatsoever in that endeavor, those are the people to whom everyone should turn. It's their war from the get-go despite the fact none of them lost anything in it and probably profited in some ways.

    Realistically, I doubt very many people expect the Iraqis to stand up to much opposition other than perhaps in a token sort of way.

    I am elated to see the US leaving the cities, but we should leave the country, as well. Never... never should we go back into the cities and never again should we invade another nation because of personal reasons and vendettas and financial agendas. Iraq should be a lesson to the world of a political entity gone awry and floundering around to find some kind of scapegoat to draw Americans' attention away from the lead-balloon economy that was hounding Bush at the time of the invasion.

    June 30, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    HA! Again we see a poll with the 26% figure. 26% are against pulling out of Iraq. 26% are in favor of directly intervening in Iran's election turmoil. 26% approved of Bush at the end of his term. 26% of the population admit to being Republican/Conservative.

    Where's the poll saying 26% of the US thinks we should dictate everything in the world and we should forcefully spread democracy with an iron fist?

    June 30, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. ksharris

    bad move on Obama's part.

    June 30, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Randolph Carter

    Yeah, let's get out of there. Cheney and his buddies made their money. Mission accomplished! Have a nice day!

    June 30, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. gt

    and get oput of afganistan too..........

    June 30, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Peggy - TX

    President Obama is keeping his promises. After only a ½ year in office, he has made major strides on this one critical promise, to turn Iraq control over to the Iraqis. To get Americans out of this mess created by the former administration that has unnecessarily take way too many American lives.

    The Iraqi government and military have get it together, stop squabbling between factions distinguished by only tiny differences in their peoples ethnicity and take responsibility for the safety of their people. Violence will likely increase, but they will succeed eventually , now, only because they have to.

    June 30, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Randall in Torrance - Desert Storm Veteran - Welcome to the end of the era of dumb ass Republicans and Stoopid Retards like Cheney and Bush in power

    Ha ha ha. McCain and Cheney and Bushwhacked LOST! Yayyyyyyyy! Our troops are coming home and now the Temple of Haliburton will have to be dismantled. What a great day!

    June 30, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. S Callahan

    It's time to go. This is a remarkable moment for the Iraq citizens who must maintain faith in themselves in order to move forward in their purpose to the world. They can do it. Congratulations and Thank You for all those (military and citizen) who sacraficed for the cause of lifting those out of tyranny and oppression.

    June 30, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Larry

    It's good to see that after 6 years we're withdrawing from a country that we never should have invaded in the first place.

    Unfortunately stupidity doesn't keep you out of the White House.

    June 30, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Sharon Kitchen

    PAST TIME TO LEAVE......4,000 + deaths + thousands injured.
    Yes...............way past time to leave.

    June 30, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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