CNN: 60% of Americans say keep Gitmo open

posted at 9:30 am on March 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama made the closing of Guantanamo Bay’s terrorist detention facility a centerpiece of his campaign.  On his first day in office, he issued an executive order authorizing a process that Obama promised would see Gitmo closed in a year.  Fourteen months later, Gitmo’s still open, the Obama plan to close it is in tatters — and as it turns out, most Americans are happy to see it, according to a new CNN poll:

Support for closing the facility has dropped 12 points over the past 14 months, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates.

Shortly before Obama’s inauguration, 51 percent of Americans said they thought the facility in Cuba should be closed. Now that number is down to 39 percent, and six in ten believe the United States should continue to operate Guantanamo.

The poll, released Sunday, suggests independent voters are contributing to the 12 point overall drop.

“Just Democrats still think that Guantanamo should be closed, but Independents have completely changed – from an even split in January 2009 to three-quarters who want to keep the facility open today,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

CNN doesn’t include the sample data, although they include the sample data in another post that discusses the bump to his approval rating the pollster found after the passage of ObamaCare.  They have it at 51/48 at the same time that Gallup and Rasmussen already show his momentary bump disappearing.  That’s interesting, too, because the number of registered voters who claimed they’d vote for Obama against a generic Republican remained the same in both polls — but the generic Republican gained a point.

The reversal shouldn’t surprise anyone reading Hot Air.  Rasmussen tests regularly on the same question and found only 32% support for closing Gitmo among likely voters — last AugustLast December, Gallup reported that 64% opposed Gitmo’s closure.  CNN is at least eight months late to the party.

So that leaves us with two questions.  First, why did CNN finally decide to check on Gitmo’s polling now?  And now that even CNN is acknowledging that Obama’s Gitmo policy is unpopular, will the rest of the national media start to ask why the White House is so determined to pursue it?


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Dems will be destroyed in November.

rob verdi on March 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

What gets me is, these polls mean nothing to the present tyrants in power.

Cybergeezer on March 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Keep Gitmo open and put Obooba in it.

Akzed on March 30, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Huh…keep Gitmo open? What does this say about those Bush years?

Electrongod on March 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Was this unexpected?

SHARPTOOTH on March 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Keep Gitmo open and put Obooba in it.

Akzed on March 30, 2010

Personally, I’d rather see Mr. Hanky end up in Maricopa County Jail’s tent city. No air conditioning, no arugula and no smoking allowed. He’d be someone’s b*tch by lunch time.

Extrafishy on March 30, 2010 at 9:38 AM

I blame Liz.

the_nile on March 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Dems will use these results to show that Barry is in touch with the people. The people did not want to close Gitmo, so Barry did not close it. See???? Get it, racists?

bloggless on March 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Well 60% did not want Obamacare.. Looks like it will be full speed ahead.

Dire Straits on March 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

So what? What do AMERICANS know? They’re just the governed. They don’t have say in any of this.

Daggett on March 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM

How about summarily executing the prisoners and filling the cells with Democrat politicians?

By November, this one will be above 50% approval as well.

People are warming to the idea.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Americans to Obama: “Mr. President, don’t tear down those walls.”

BuckeyeSam on March 30, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Racist poll. Probably paid for by Halliburton.

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

The majority of Americans still oppose Obamacare, too. According to Scooter Obama, we’re just too stupid to know what’s in our best interests.

kingsjester on March 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM

60% of Americans are Birthers.

LibTired on March 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I hope “Goober” Graham sees this poll.

Dire Straits on March 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

When the polls say 3000%, they’ll get some attention.

Cybergeezer on March 30, 2010 at 9:53 AM

When Bush was in office and the MSM wanted to get Obama elected, they relentlessly reported on how Gitmo was ‘damaging’ America, and glossed over the problems with replacing it. Since Obama has been in office the media has stopped hammering the ‘damaging’ line – nothing can be allowed to ‘damage’ Obama’s America, and people have started to learn what the consequences of cloing Gitmo might be.

The Dems may try to spin this to their advantage, but I would say this has backfired, and Republicans should hammer them on it.

EnglishMike on March 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Well 60% did not want Obamacare.. Looks like it will be full speed ahead.

Dire Straits on March 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

You SOOOOOOOO stole my post… Welldone!

Khun Joe on March 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Well, when 60% of Americans are onto something, you can be sure it’s right: “60% of Americans engaging in couch potato multitasking.”

bifidis on March 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

You SOOOOOOOO stole my post… Welldone!

Khun Joe on March 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Thanks. Great minds thinking alike.

Dire Straits on March 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Executive order from Obama worthless then…still worthless.

cyclown on March 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Executive order from Obama worthless then…still worthless.

cyclown on March 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Now…now. This was one of campaign Obama’s first EOs….when he thought that these things are all-powerful and work like magic. Now semi-President Obama has learned that EOs don’t mean cr*p unless there is a reasonable plan to get er done.

Electrongod on March 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

cyclown on March 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM

A worthless executive order from a worthless executive it is.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Well, if “healthcare reform” is an precedent, this means theclosing will now be rammed through Congress, since 60% of Americans disapprove of it.

PJ Emeritus on March 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Did Stalin ever care what polls said?

angryed on March 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Speaking of polls….one of these things is not like the other:

USA Today/Gallup 3/26 – 3/28 47/50 (approve/disapprove)
CNN/Opinion Research 3/25 – 3/28 51/48
Rasmussen Reports 3/26 – 3/28 47/52
Gallup 3/26 – 3/28 48/46
Washington Post 3/23 – 3/26 53/43

Remind me again why anyone outside of the White House takes the WP seriously anymore…

angryed on March 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

And on the Generic Congressional vote

Washington Post 3/23 – 3/26 44/48 Rep/Dem
CNN/Opinion Research 3/19 – 3/21 48/43
Quinnipiac 3/16 – 3/21 44/39

It’s almost as if Wapo is biased in favor of Obama and the Dems or soemthing.

angryed on March 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

60%, huh?

That means Obama is sure to close it now…

tommylotto on March 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Did Stalin ever care what polls said?

angryed on March 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

“Comrade Stalin, your latest blood purge is not polling well with the proletariat!”.

Stalin – “Shoot the messenger then kill more of the proletariat until public opinion improves!”

Problem solved.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Of course, keep Gitmo open. Reserve a cell, there, for Obama, too.

BottomLine5 on March 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

This president does not care about polls. He will do what he wants to do. I think in his mind he knows if he only has one term, he is going to force down the throats of the American people his ideology and policies. Let me ask a question? Are the American people starting to wake up before he can accomplish his leftist, liberal agenda? November is not that far off..

sweet92169 on March 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

When you release the jihadi s.o.b. terrorist maniacs from Gitmo, thanks to years of pressure from unrealistic airhead idiots like Obama and his Obot legal suicidal-imbeciles, and they then go back to war with America as unrepentent jihadi terrorist maniacs, something needs to be rethought.

People are realizing that such Utopian Candyland Laputa whiffleball-brained good intentions are only a paving material for the Road to Hell.

Gitmo should start hanging these terrorists.

And keep the emptied cages ready for any new catches …when we don’t simply shoot them on the battlefield to avoid future legal snares that have caused this disastrous lunacy.

profitsbeard on March 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM

40% are Islamist Sympathizers

- The Cat

MirCat on March 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Keep it open! We don’t want terrorists feet to touch U.S. soil! Never!!!

Mark7788 on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM