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American Support Evaporates for War in Afghanistan (POLL)

| On 27, Mar 2012

Americans are not feeling the war in Afghanistan, no matter how much the government tries to shine it and put a ribbon over it. (Photo credit unknown)

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many. But, support for the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Here are some of the findings:

  • 69 percent of those polled said the U.S. should not be involved militarily in Afghanistan.
  • 23 percent believe that the U.S. is doing the right thing in Afghanistan.
  • About 25 percent think the war is going “well” for the U.S.
  • 47 percent want the American troops to come home sooner.

All of the metrics are worse than the polling in late 2011. It’s not hard to figure out why. The conflict in Afghanistan has slowly fallen apart and looks harder to win. Just two weeks ago, an American soldier allegedly went on a shooting rampage and killed 16 Afghan civilians.

The White House and military leaders need to pay keen attention to these types of metrics. A lot of times they like to give defense efforts a free pass on answering to public scrutiny. At the end of the day, the American taxpayers are funding the overseas efforts, so they should have some type of say in them.

We have been in Afghanistan in some shape or form since 2001. The public feels as if we have not made enough progress. Could that many Americans be wrong?

I totally support our volunteer military service members. But, out of RESPECT for their lives and dedication the questions must be raised.



Are you in favor or against the U.S. military conflict in Afghanistan? Why or why not? 


Note: The CBS News/New York Times survey was conducted on 986 adults from March 21-25. The margin of error is +/- three percentage points. Respondents were called randomly on either their landlines or cell phones.

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