Poll: Nearly 6-in-10 Oppose War in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 21, 2010

According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, a majority of Americans see no end in sight to the war in Afghanistan, and nearly six-in-10 oppose the nine-year-old war just as President Obama sends tens-of-thousands more U.S. combat troops to the fight in the conflict.

The president can add the war in Afghanistan to the growing list of issues he’s clearly out of touch with the voters on. A few of them include his stubborn refusal to support gay marriage and his support for the construction of a new Islamic mosque in lower-Manhattan just 600 feet from Ground Zero.

With just over 10 weeks before the November midterm elections that could define the remainder of Obama’s first term, only 38 percent say they support his expanded war effort in Afghanistan, a drop from 46 percent in March. Just 19 percent expect the situation to improve during the next year, while 29 percent think it will get worse. Some 49 percent think it will remain the same.

The numbers could be ominous for the president and his Democratic Party, already feeling the heat for high unemployment, a slow economic recovery and a $1.3 trillion federal deficit. Strong dissent — 58 percent oppose the war — could depress Democratic turnout when the party desperately needs to energize its supporters for midterm congressional elections.

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12 Responses to Poll: Nearly 6-in-10 Oppose War in Afghanistan

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    I don’t know what happened to Obama. He started so strong but had faltered and is now in Jimmy Carter territory. 99,000 troops in Afghanistan, a Bush-like surge, and $8 billion a month borrowed from China. I guess he only wants to serve one term and one term is all he deserves.

  2. Woodcliffe says:

    People keep saying Democrats will come out in droves to vote for Democratic candidates in November but if you look at past midterms, this argument doesn’t hold water.

    If President Obama fails to do something meaningful about jobs, cut spending and stop following the Bush Doctrine in Afghanistan, Democrats should prepare themselves for a voter backlash. People on both sides of the aisle are angry with Washington. The Congress has an 11% approval rating.

  3. lea-lea says:

    What really bugs me is how the media reports the how troops are gone from Iraq. This isn’t true.

    There are 50,000 “advisers” still in Iraq and the Obama administration just signed a new contract with Blackwater!

    I guess Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen have the president on a short leash!

  4. I agree Lea Lea!

    The MSM is shamelessly pushing this inaccurate story of a dramatic end of the war in Iraq. No one in their sane mind can say this when there are 50,000 troops still in Iraq and the Obama administration has just renamed the mission and then say the war is over.

    I think and I believe, President Obama has his eye on Pakistan and possibly even Iran next. Having 50,000 troops to glean from in nearby Iraq would serve this purpose.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    Our addiction to war will be the thing that ultimately destroys us. The simple economics make expansion of the US empire impossible. I thought this president was smarter but, I was wrong. He’s no different from the boys who preceded him. Like lea lea said, Gates and Mullen drag Obama around by the nose.

  6. TOM339 says:

    I’m all for protecting America.

    But, US troops have been in Afghanistan for nine years and troop levels have reached the 100,000 number. Yet, recent media reports say there are 50 al Qaeda terrorists in the country.

    100,000 US troops can’t defeat 50 al Qaeda terrorists?

    Sorry but, I don’t buy it. Afghanistan will sink Obama just like Vietnam sunk LBJ.

  7. Hendrik Moller says:

    I believe they found oil deposits there, now I suppose this war will never fucking end. FUCK our leaders of this world they are the, Mister Obama, FBI, CIA are YOU listening to me. FUCK OFF AND DIE YOU MOTHERFUCKERS, RAPISTS AND ***YOU*** ARE TRUE CRIMINALS AND KILLERS OF THE PLANET!!!

    It is all about POWER and Wealth, NOTING MORE.

  8. Hendrik Moller says:

    And I wish these fuckers will read this board. I am not a terrorist, I’ll leave that to the professionals.

  9. Jolly Roger says:

    50,000 wouldn’t amount to spit in either Iran or (especially) Pakistan. 50,000 troops would have a hard time controlling Karachi.

  10. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    $4 trillion in mineral deposits in Afghanistan.

    That’s a lot of motivation to keep the troops deployed for, oh, another 50 years? I look in Obama’s eyes now and they’re dead. He’s not there.

    They got to him.

  11. Hendrik Moller says:

    Maybe Obama is the f***ing 3rd anti-Christ? Part of the EVIL NEW WORD ORDER? ***FUCK THE LOT OF THEM, ALL OF THEM!!!***

  12. Adirondacky says:

    Obama won’t win a second term.

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