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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."

Vast Majority Opposed To US Strike in Syria

Posted Sep 12, 2013 at 7:52 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a poll by CNN/ORC International "even though eight in 10 Americans believe that the Bashar al-Assad regime gassed its own people, a strong majority doesn't want Congress to pass a resolution authorizing a military strike against the regime. . . . More than seven in 10 say such a strike would not achieve significant goals for the U.S. and a similar amount say it's not in the national interest for the U.S. to get involved in Syria's bloody two-year long civil war."

Americans Opposed To Military Intervention In Syria

Posted Sep 06, 2013 at 1:52 PM by Maurice Berger

A new Pew Research survey reports that President Obama "faces an uphill battle in making the case for U.S. military action in Syria. By a 48% to 29% margin, more Americans oppose than support conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons." The breakdown in party affiliation shows most voters opposed: "Just 29% of Democrats favor conducting airstrikes against Syria while 48% are opposed. Opinion among independents is similar (29% favor, 50% oppose). Republicans are more divided, with 35% favoring airstrikes and 40% opposed."

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 Oppose US Military Involvement In Syria

Posted Jun 07, 2013 at 12:55 PM by Maurice Berger

According to Gallup, 68% of "Americans say the United States should not use military action in Syria to attempt to end the civil war there if diplomatic and economic efforts fail, while 24% would favor U.S. military involvement." Here is Gallup's breakdown:

Suppose all economic and diplomatic efforts fail to end the civil war in Syria. If that happens, do you think the United States should -- or should not -- use military action to attempt to end the conflict? May 2013 results

Majority Oppose US Military Action In Syria and N. Korea

Posted May 02, 2013 at 9:33 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by the New York Times, most Americans oppose US military action in Syria and North Korea: "62% of the public say the United States has no responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria between government forces and antigovernment groups, while just one-quarter disagree. Likewise, 56% say North Korea is a threat that can be contained for now without military action, just 15% say the situation requires immediate American action and 21% say the North is not a threat at all."

Majority Favor US Military Defense Of South Korea

Posted Apr 08, 2013 at 8:52 AM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by Gallup reports that a majority of Americans--55%-- say the United States should use its military forces to help defend South Korea if it were to be attacked by North Korea, while 34% say the U.S. should not do so.

Democrats Ahead In Generic Congressional Ballot

Posted May 11, 2011 at 12:53 AM by Maurice Berger

A CNN/Opinion Research poll reports that registered voters favor a generic Democrat over a Republican in next year's congressional election, 50% to 46%. Women and non-college voters--both of whom supported the GOP in 2010--now favoring Democrats by 10% and 9%, respectively.

Americans Not Supportive Of Libyan Intervention

Posted Apr 28, 2011 at 12:54 AM by Maurice Berger

A just released Public Policy Polling survey reports that a mere 27% of Americans favor military intervention in Libya; 40%  oppose it.

Libya: Lowest Support Ever For U.S. Military Action

Posted Mar 27, 2011 at 11:40 PM by Maurice Berger

According to a Gallup survey, 47% of Americans now approve of the military action against Libya. This number represents the lowest approval for any U.S. military campaign over the past four decades as gauged by Gallup.Here is Gallup's chart of comparable supports for military actions:

Approval of Prior U.S. Military Actions