CNN Poll: Afghan War’s Popularity Continues to Fall

58% Now Opposed to Continued War

In their second such poll released this month, CNN/Opinion Research Corp. has revealed that support for the ongoing war in Afghanistan has continued to drop, now down to only 39% in favor and 58% against.

At the beginning of the month, the poll showed 42% still in favor of the war and 57% against. Though opinion ratings among Democrats and independents are roughly the same, support for the war among Republicans has dropped eight percent in the past two weeks.

Though the Republican Party’s top figures remain voiciferously in favor of the eight year long conflict, comments from top conservatives such as Pulitzer Prize winner George Will in recent weeks have made opposing the war less controversial than it previously had been.

58% is the largest majority opposed to the war since the US invasion in late 2001. Still, it seems like most of the momentum among politicians in both parties is in favor of continuing and even escalating the conflict.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.