Poll: Obama gets thumbs up and thumbs down on Iraq
July 3rd, 2014
09:18 AM ET
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Poll: Obama gets thumbs up and thumbs down on Iraq

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush gets more blame than his successor in the White House for the situation in Iraq, according to a new national poll which also indicates that majority of voters nationwide say President Barack Obama's move to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 was the right thing to do.

But a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates voters give Obama negative grades on how he's handling the current unrest in war torn Iraq.

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The poll also indicates that most say it's not in the national interest to get involved in the fighting in Iraq and oppose sending U.S. ground troops to help the Iraqi government, which is trying to hault an aggressive drive by radical Sunni militants who have captured city after city in northern and central Iraq as they march towards Baghdad.

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By a 51%-27% margin, voters blame Bush rather than Obama for the situation in Iraq, but they are divided on whether Obama's better than Bush when it comes to conducting foreign policy.

Fifty-eight percent of those questioned say Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S troops from Iraq four years ago was the right thing to do, but that's down from 74% who said the same thing as the withdrawal was being completed in November 2011.

But by a 55%-37% margin, voters disapprove of the way the President's handling the situation in Iraq. (He also gets a thumbs down on how he's dealing with Afghanistan.) A CBS News/New York Times poll conducted two weeks ago indicated that a plurality of Americans said the President had the appropriate response so far to the new fighting in Iraq.

Fifty-eight percent of those questioned in the new poll say it's not in the national interest to get involved in Iraq - but more than seven in ten say it's "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that if Islamic militants take over Iraq, "they would launch a terrorist attack against the U.S. in the near future."

More than six in ten – including a majority from all political parties, gender and age groups – oppose sending U.S. ground troops back into Iraq, but the poll suggests votes are more open to air strikes and especially the use of unmanned drones. By a 51%-39% margin, voters don't want Washington working with Iran to help the government in Baghdad.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted June 24-30, with 1,446 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

 

 

 


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    Gurgyl-re: your request of Donna; you just as soon ask that the sun stop rising in the East.

    July 3, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    smith

    This poll isn`t surprising. Let Assad and Iran handle the ISIS and stop funding the anti-Assad forces(Dumb, Dumb, Dumb).
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    You're describing an alternate reality, smith.

    The U.S. is neither funding nor arming any of the rebel factions in Syria. We never have. Did you forget that Pres. Obama put it to a vote before the Congress, and that both military action and military aid were voted down? The only aid that has been provided has been strictly humanitarian aid for refugees, which has been distributed mostly through Turkey to refugees that fled there.
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    Conservatives conveniently forget when Obama often attempts to work with Congress to keep the "ignore Congress" myth alive.

    July 3, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Obama blames Bush yet again.........which is a total lie. Obama is 100% responsible for the current situation in Iraq.

    Indeed, it appears that Benghazi was about his covert funding and arming of what is now ISIS, in Syria, and now that group is turning on him.

    Obama is a total disaster for our country, in every way. Now he is deliberately importing street kids from central American countries, who want to get rid of their problem, and make it our problem.

    July 3, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "Hmmmmmmmm... must have missed it. What Balkan states did the Russians invade under Bush's tenure?"

    I misspoke there. I had meant the Caucasus region, on the other side of the Black Sea from Crimea.
    The Russians invaded Georgia, and the other former Soviet states in the Caucasus regions were threatened, too.

    July 3, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rudy NYC says:
    July 3, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am
    Hey, folks, before the fireworks begin around here … I want to wish everyone, one and all, a safe and happy 4th of July, most especially to those folks that I post replies, too.

    You too Rudy!!!πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    July 3, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Hey, folks, before the fireworks begin around here ... I want to wish everyone, one and all, a safe and happy
    4th of July ... "

    Hey, Rudy. Thanks.

    Happy and safe 4th of July everyone.

    July 3, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama blames Bush yet again.........which is a total lie. Obama is 100% responsible for the current situation in Iraq.
    _____________________
    Really? Do you suppose that destroying their entire electrical system (which still doesn't function 24×7 today); killing 125, 000 civilians; and spreading 2 million Iraqi refugees all across the Middle East didn't cause the problems in Iraq today? You're crazy- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al are the ONLY ones responsible for the mess in Iraq today- and Bush put his stamp on the withdrawal from Iraq. Do you not know the Iraqis asked us to leave? Holey moly man, wake up!

    July 3, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "Hmmmmmmmm... must have missed it. What Balkan states did the Russians invade under Bush's tenure?"

    I misspoke there. I had meant the Caucasus region, on the other side of the Black Sea from Crimea.
    The Russians invaded Georgia, and the other former Soviet states in the Caucasus regions were threatened, too.
    ----------
    Ahhhhhhh... so they were "threatened", but not "invaded" as you originally stated. Gee... for a second there I though you were just "being sarcastic"...

    July 3, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Indeed, it appears that Benghazi was about his covert funding and arming of what is now ISIS, in Syria, and now that group is turning on him.
    ______________________
    You mean the people the Right complained that Obama wasn't supporting enough with weapons, money or troops?!

    July 3, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. smith

    @Rudy-The US has been providing aid to the anti-Assad forces. Once again, I never stated it was military aid. There should be
    no aid period, not even MRE`s.

    July 3, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Now he is deliberately importing street kids from central American countries, who want to get rid of their problem, and make it our problem.
    ________________________________
    Now you are simply babbling. Give it up sir, your party and politics are in flames.

    July 3, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. smith

    @Silence- The GOP wants to arm these radical terrorist. My stance is no aid period, which is an Independent stance. Both Dems and Repubs are weong on Syria IMO.

    July 3, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Rick McDaniel Keep watching Fox News .

    July 3, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Since there is so much disagreement on who to blame, point fingers at the French and British for dividing the Ottoman Empire for dividing up the Middle East after World War I without regards to ethnic, sectarian, religious, or cultural considerations.

    July 3, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Harry Veras

    Rick McDaniel Keep watching Fox News .

    July 3, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. anthony

    let celebrate our nation birthday before do firework against each other. let find solution how to deal with the situations in iraq and in inmigration. To me if the damm iraq president doesnt step dowm to give up the power to the moderate person we dont get involve o spend a penny on them. To the immigration, just close the border until we know how to deal with the people from central america. we keep open our border they will keep comming

    July 3, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama blames Bush yet again.........which is a total lie. Obama is 100% responsible for the current situation in Iraq.

    Indeed, it appears that Benghazi was about his covert funding and arming of what is now ISIS, in Syria, and now that group is turning on him.

    Obama is a total disaster for our country, in every way. Now he is deliberately importing street kids from central American countries, who want to get rid of their problem, and make it our problem
    --------------------------–
    Aw, Rick is upset. Here's wishing that upset doesn't last the whole weekend. He'd feel much better if he'd accept reality instead of confabulating an alternate history. It is highly likely that ISIS would not exist had Bush not invaded Iraq.

    As far as Benghazi goes, I recall Sen. McCain making a secret trip to Benghazi, from where he had conducted a live interview with rebels that he said the U.S. should arm in the fight against Gaddafi. So, we did.

    Poor Rick, he'd feel so much better if he just stopped his feeding binges on right wing media.

    July 3, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-The US has been providing aid to the anti-Assad forces. Once again, I never stated it was military aid. There should be no aid period, not even MRE`s.
    ---------------------------–
    You're described the U.S. as arming rebels in the past, smith, and I've repeatedly called you out on it. What sort of aid are you talking about, smith? How many forms of aid are there? I only know of two major types, military and humanitarian.

    BTW. What are MRE's? I'm too lazy to look it up. Besides, I might get it wrong.

    July 3, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "Hmmmmmmmm... must have missed it. What Balkan states did the Russians invade under Bush's tenure?"

    I misspoke there. I had meant the Caucasus region, on the other side of the Black Sea from Crimea.
    The Russians invaded Georgia, and the other former Soviet states in the Caucasus regions were threatened, too.
    ----
    Ahhhhhhh... so they were "threatened", but not "invaded" as you originally stated. Gee... for a second there I though you were just "being sarcastic".
    ==============================================================
    Good. Now that we've cleared that up, how was Bush's handling of the Georgian invasion any different from how Pres. Obama has handled the evolving crisis in Crimea and Ukraine? McCain, how typical, had wanted to send in the boots, and undermined his own credibility and campaign.

    July 3, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Will

    Iraq involves some tough decisions. As much as I do not like most of Obama's decisions or indecisiveness I can understand it here. I do think he made a poor decision based on politics on pulling so many troops out all at once but what to do now is the real quandary. Either way it looks like we would be supporting a bunch of people that wish us harm. I see George W in Dallas as he offices across the street and he looks happy, healthy and more than pleased not be making the decisions anymore. Have a safe and Happy 4th – God Bless America and President Obama.

    July 3, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. GOP FAIL

    We need to get out of Iraq and out of Afghanistan. Send GWB to Afghanistan to protect the U.S. like he should have done in the first place. Send Dick Cheney to Iraq and set him in middle of one of the oil fields he so dearly loves while he contemplates all the lost US soldier souls he sent there due to his greedy Halliburton cronies.

    And by the way, Obama is the President that pulled us out of the holes the Bush/Cheney fascist regime dug us into.

    And my 401K has QUINTUPLED since Obama took office. It did nothing but lose money hand over fist under the dictatorship of Bush/Cheney.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE BEST PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY. HE SAVED THE U.S.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    July 3, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. CryBabies

    Thank God Barack Obama wasn't president in 1941 when Hitler was decimating Europe and our Pacific fleet was annihilated at Pearl Harbor. But all is not lost.....the "War on Women" would be raging with BO in the front line trenches. It does bring me some comfort.

    July 3, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "BTW. What are MRE's? I'm too lazy to look it up. Besides, I might get it wrong."
    ------–
    MRE's = Meals Ready to EAT.

    Don't worry, Rudy... you were just mistaken about the one time you thought you were wrong.

    July 3, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. GOP FAIL

    @RickMcDaniel

    Stop drinking the Faux News KOOL-AID.

    July 3, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Has anyone been paying attention to FNC lately? First, they're blasting the game of soccer when the World Cup first began. Now they've kaleidoscoped into arguing that the U.S. lost because Pres. Obama wasn't there to support them. Really?

    Can you imagine the right wing's reaction had Pres. Obama actually went down there to attend a month long tournament? Can you imagine the noise had he shuttled back and forth to Brazil to attend the U.S. games? Can you imagine anyone stupid enough to buy into all of this? I can't. My friends are not that stupid.

    July 3, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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