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War in Afghanistan Most Unpopular In US Polling History

Posted Jan 06, 2014 at 12:23 AM by Maurice Berger

A poll by CNN/ORC reports that just 17% of Americans support the war in Afghanistan; 82% are opposed. These numbers represent the lowest support for a war in the history of U.S. polling. To put things in perspective, pollster Keating Holland notes that  "opposition to the Iraq war never got higher than 69% in CNN polling while U.S. troops were in that country, and while the Vietnam War was in progress, no more than six in 10 ever told Gallup's interviewers that war was a mistake."

Americans Hold Dim View Of Afghan War

Posted Aug 06, 2013 at 9:17 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Washington Post-ABC News poll reports that "just 28% of Americans say the war in Afghanistan is worth fighting, the lowest number since 2007 and significantly below the least-popular stretches of the Iraq war."

Americans Down On Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Posted Mar 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM by Maurice Berger

Ten years after the start of the Iraq war, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reports that a clear majority of Americans--nearly six in 10--say the war was not worth fighting. An almost equal number believe the same about the war in Afghanistan. One significant reason for this perception, according to the poll:  "A substantial sense that neither war did much to achieve their goals of enhancing U.S. security. Only about half of Americans say either war contributed to the long-term security of the United States, and just two in 10 say either contributed "a great deal" to U.S. security - clearly insufficient, in the minds of most, to justify their costs in lives and lucre."

Economy Top Concern Of Voters

Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:51 AM by Maurice Berger

A survey from Public Policy Polling reports that voters are significantly more concerned about the economy than they are about the war on terrorism: 74% name the economy as a more important issue than the war (10% said the latter). 61% say they care more about gas prices; only 23% in contrast say the war--views shared almost equally across partisan lines.

Majority of American Voters Oppose War in Afghanistan

Posted Nov 24, 2010 at 1:18 AM by Maurice Berger

A Quinnipiac poll reports that a majority of American voters--by a margin of 50% to 44%--oppose the U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan by a margin. While Democrats opposed the war, 62% to 33%, Republicans support it, 64% to 31%. Independent voters are opposed to the war by a 54% to 40% margin.

Poll: Americans Continue To Blame Former President Bush For Nation's Ills

Posted Jul 20, 2010 at 2:10 AM by Maurice Berger

In what may be a note of good news for Democrats facing anti-incumbent sentiment in this year's election, a Bloomberg National Poll reports that Americans blame former President George W. Bush more than President Obama for the budget deficit, unemployment and illegal immigration. Bush doesn't do much better when the question turns for foreign policy: 60% say Bush is primarily responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan, for example. Only 10% name Obama.

Afghanistan: Americans Largely Support Obama Timetable

Posted Jun 30, 2010 at 12:57 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by Gallup, "Americans largely support President Obama's timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan beginning in July 2011, with 58% in favor and 38% opposed. Most who are opposed think no timetable should be set rather than favoring an earlier or later date."

Afghanistan War Has Greater Support Among Republicans

Posted Nov 24, 2009 at 2:03 AM by Maurice Berger

A Quinnipiac poll finds that when it comes to the war in Afghanistan, GOP support for the war in Afghanistan is more than twice as strong as that of Democrats. On the question of whether the President 40,000 more combat troops to Afghanistan as per the wishes of US military commanders on the ground, voters, by a 47% to 42% margin, support the addition of more troops. Yet, only 27% of Democrats want more troops, compared to 68% of Republicans.

Voters Skeptical About Afghan War

Posted Oct 15, 2009 at 1:41 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Rasmussen survey, American voters "aren’t brimming with confidence that the United States can win the war in Afghanistan, but, despite news reports of a worsening situation there, support for a continued U.S. military presence in the country is unchanged. [The poll] finds that 45% of voters believe it is possible for the United States to win the eight-year-old war in Afghanistan. 29% do not think a U.S. victory is possible there, and another 25% aren’t sure. But 52% of voters continue to believe that no firm timetable should be set for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan . . . 58% of men say America can win the war in Afghanistan. Women are evenly divided. 60% of Republicans say a U.S. victory is possible, a view shared by just 35% of Democrats and 41% of voters not affiliated with either party."