Poll: 63 Percent of Americans Oppose Afghan War

Opposition to War at Highest Levels Yet

President Obama’s claims of progress in the Afghan War don’t seem to be cutting into the realities of record death tolls and official predictions of more record death tolls to come, as a new CNN/Opinion Research poll (PDF) shows support for the conflict continuing to wane.

The poll now shows 63 percent of the American public opposed to the war, the largest opposition yet from the regular poll. The breakdown showed strong opposition across race, gender, regional and age lines.

A secondary question asked the public how “things are going” in Afghanistan and showed 56 percent of Americans believe the war is going either “moderately badly” or “very badly.” An interesting aspect of this is that the poll was taken in the days (Dec. 17-19) immediately following the president’s Afghanistan speech (December 16).

President Obama, of course, claimed the war was “on track” in the speech, and it is noteworthy that strong majorities of members of his own party and independents still believed that the war was going poorly in the poll, suggesting he wasn’t particularly successful in convincing people of this sudden and miraculous turnaround in the ever-worsening conflict.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. 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.