Poll: Six In Ten Americans Sick and Tired of Afghan War
December 16, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)—A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows a sharp drop in public support for the nearly 10-year war in Afghanistan. Sixty percent of Americans now say the war in Afghanistan “is not worth fighting.” The results represent a 7 point spike in public dissatisfaction with the Afghan war since July. And it’s the highest number of Americans sick and tired of the war, the survey has ever recorded. The poll comes just prior to the release of President Obama’s annual review of the Afghanistan war effort. He called the war a “difficult endeavor,” but he also reported on “significant progress” in the core mission against al-Qaeda. The troop withdrawal will proceed as planned next summer, but the details are not clear. In light of these poll results, we can’t get out of the bloody mire that is Afghanistan soon enough.
Only 34 percent of those polled, say the war’s been worth fighting. This number is down by 9 points, since the last poll.
ABC points out that the number of Americans dissatisfied with the Afghanistan War mirror those of the Iraq War during the latter part of Bush’s presidency. This is not good news for Obama, but his poll numbers are much stronger than Bush’s were during an unpopular war.
“Negative views of the war for the first time are at the level of those recorded for the war in Iraq, whose unpopularity dragged George W. Bush to historic lows in approval across his second term. On average from 2005 through 2009, 60 percent called that war not worth fighting, the same number who say so about Afghanistan now. (It peaked at 66 percent in April 2007.)”
The poll results show a nearly even split on Obama’s handling of the war, with 45 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving, compared to Bush’s 63 percent disapproval rating.
A clear majority of 51 percent support the planned troop withdrawal. But those polled are in a dead heat at 48-48 percent, when it comes to approval of the surge that sent 30,000 additional soldiers to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.
Since the war began, 1,436 American soldiers have lost their lives. The highest level of American casualties have occurred during the years 2009-2010, with 2010 being the bloodiest year yet with 489 deaths.
Photo Source: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis.