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.