Though a number of other polls have been showing popular opinion squarely against the Afghan War for awhile now, the well-respected Qunnipiac University poll had shown stubborn, albeit dwindling, support for the conflict through September.
But in a dramatic shift the new Qunnipiac poll also shows a firm majority of Americans, 50-44, opposing the wisdom of the conflict in general. Perhaps even more telling, the split amongst military families is a virtual dead heat, with 49-47 support. In general military families have overwhelmingly believed in the general concept of the mission, if they have not always agreed on tactics.
Americans are also roughly split down the middle on their view of President Obama’s general foreign policy, oddly split down party lines. This is odd because Afghanistan, President Obama’s centerpiece foreign policy, is still surprisingly popular among Republicans but overwhelming opposed among Democrats. Yet when the question shies away from mentioning Afghanistan and just mentions Obama, the split turns the opposite way.
For the first several years after the 2001 invasion, the Afghan War found itself largely off the American radar. Mutliple escalations by President Obama have led to a huge spike in death tolls however, putting the conflict more into focus for many Americans. So far however, the popular opposition to the conflict has not affected the overwhelming support it has in Congress, and Congressional efforts to end the war have stalled.
12 thoughts on “Poll: US Support for Afghan War Plummets”
americans only give a sh*t if americans are getting killed. Destroying other countries is fine as long as we keep the casualties down.
start drafting kids out of high school and college and see how popular the war is
well when they can't afford college or find a job, that might be an option, especially when you compare inner city housing to some of these resort bases
If we stop the Afghan fiasco, we'll only start up somewhere else. Pick a spot. It doesn't matter. What matters is perpetual war. Keep in mind that, until the Brits relented over a border dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana, the Spanish-American War would have been fought against Britain. (Walter Karp…The Politics of War)
Always a problem, Countries with NO TV..
"… the new Qunnipiac poll also shows a firm majority of Americans, 50-44, opposing the wisdom of the conflict…"
not much of a plummet, is it? …but then, you declined to tell us what the poll plummeted from.
why is that?
and why should we take any of these numbers seriously? …the television tells us what we should be thinking, then it tells us what we are thinking.
in the meantime, we’re thinking no such thing
I wonder how many Americans could, if given a globe of the world, point out where Afghanistan is? Or Yemen? Or Somalia? Or Iran?
But they'd all know where Gracelands was! And Disneyland!
maps of PNAC project… pass them around http://www.google.com/images?q=map+PNAC&um=1&…
bad ideas (PNAC) layered on a bad idea (israel)…
it's all so obvious… you pretty much gotta figure the smart guys are in it for the loot, because they couldnt possibly believe their own propaganda… could they?
Don't be ridiculous. They wouldn't be able to find Graceland or Disneyland without labels.
Forty four percent think the war in Afghanistan is a wise thing? After nine years and no end in sight? God help us.
"The good war" "the just war" " the war on terror" " The war to end all wars"
one hands points a finger the other hand pulls a trigger.
war never decides who right but only who's left!
meanwhile an inbred redneck from texas runs his mouth like diarrhea while squinting thru a kaleidoscope
of broken promises like "weapons of mass destruction" and the carnage afflicted on the lives of iraqi people his hard to fully comprehend the scope of. What a shame!!!
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