CNN poll: Afghan war support hits new low
March 30th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

CNN poll: Afghan war support hits new low

Support for the war in Afghanistan has fallen to an all-time low with the majority of Americans saying the U.S. should withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan before the 2014 deadline set by the Obama administration, according to CNN's latest poll.

The CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicated only 25% of Americans favored the war in the Asian country. A majority of Republicans voiced opposition to it, for the first time since the war began in 2001.

Just 37% of the general public said things are going well for the U.S. in Afghanistan, while only 34% said America is winning the war. The approval likely contributed to the 55% of those surveyed who said the U.S. should remove all of its troops from the country before 2014.

Read more about the poll on CNN's Political TickerĀ 

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military • Obama • Politics
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  1. Patricia

    On each flip project a disecion must be made as to whether or not the bathroom(s) need to be remodeled. The disecion to remodel the bathroom of an investment property is one of the biggest you'll make as it will also result in one of the largest costs in terms of time and money. The net financial result is what should concern you. Will the remodeling yield a profit on it's own, or at least contribute proportionately to the overall profit.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:11 am | Reply
  2. RonPaulKicksAss

    Mitt Romney named his foreign policy plan a new American original! Do you know why we are at war? Iraq was ALL lies! So is Iran! The Project for the New American Century and the Foreign Policy Initiative are a think-tank which promotes: diplomatic, economic, and military engagement IN THE WORLD! ANYONE who supports war supports PNAC. I am voting for Ron Paul, I will write him in if I have to. End the wars. Legalize the Constitution.

    April 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  3. mipolitic

    Gee What Was I Thinking , I Thought We Were There In Conflick With The Taliban & Not In A War With Afghanistan , But The Headline Says , Afghanistan War .

    Was Not Pakistan In Support Of The USA When This Began Ten Years Ago, Well I Do Not Know What You Heard But I Heard That From Many USA Leaders , Funny How Time Brings Out The Truth !

    if they are staying , than at least stop blowing smoke about the progress because that is not only in decline it is over.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  4. David

    Israel is using the US as a dog to attack its enemies.

    This must end.

    Down with zionism.

    Down with shin bet.

    Stop supporing zionist aggression.

    Down with likud.

    March 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • C U

      so what shall we call U , concerned citizen , or the wise , or David ? your post names changes but your comments are consistently idiotic .

      March 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
      • David

        Call me honest, have I ever lied to you

        March 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
      • the truth, if you keep up with it

        you are lead on a leash so easily.

        start reading, get educated and then learn how to spell.

        Then maybe you wouldn't be lead on a leash so easily.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • the truth, if you keep up with it

      when you say Israel is using the u.s. to attack its enemies you have no idea how "RIGHT" you are.

      Just as the u.s. has the "new America century" Israel has article 1484 or article 1486. In it it states its plan on how it plans to use the U.S. to divide and attack its enemies. The key to this political paper is the authors. they are the ones that took power in Israel in 2000.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  5. MrDune

    Soldiers are soldiers, not diplomats.

    March 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  6. Clinton

    I think our troops deserve better than this... I served for 4 years including a year in Iraq... all we wanted was to have a clear obtainable military objective and then once we complete it... we wanted to come home... Kind of the same thing i assume Vietnam Vets wanted... The soldiers of the US Military are dedicated and unbelievably loyal... I know as i was one... we'll do whatever this country asks of us... the problem is, the leadership of this nation has been putting us in situations with unobtainable goals... They're asking Soldiers, to make citizens of another country change their minds about how they should live their lives... they want us to build nations from the ground up when the local people don't trust us, don't necessarily want what we're trying to build and aren't as dedicated to the cause as even we are.... In the end.. Armies are supposed to be used to defeat other militaries... not build nations... not change hearts and minds.... Civilians should be tasked with nation building... Soldiers need to be used as they are intended... and as far as i can tell... we conquered the Al Quaeda and Taliban led Government of Afghanistan 10 years ago... that was all you could ask of our Military.... after all of that... we're sitting in that country now for the last 10 years.... doing what? .... defending a Government we're trying to install and they don't even like us.... just get us out of there folks in Washington... if Al Quaeda returns we can come back in and bomb their bases but sitting in the country waiting for the Afghanistan people to change their minds and love democracy and freedom like we do is just going to cost us more of our soldiers blood... and more of our tax payer dollars.... let afghanistan be run by the afghanis.

    March 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • MrDune

      You hit the nail on the head! You could not have said it better.

      March 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • mipolitic

      thumbs up clinton ! GOOD POST

      March 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  7. hello

    15 minutes is all the war takes, f16's armed with big old bombs and waste the taliban tribal bases, there won't be anyone left to fight; korea was never a true victory (china was never attacked), vietnam(north vietnam and the borders of cambodia and laos), iraq (the enemy was mostly iranian special forces plus the civil war) afghanistan (hmm), static warefare means the enemy will not be wiped out, the answer then is to break their will to fight, ten years of static warefare in the area has surrmonted to what, tora bora was when this war went from attacking the taliban to static warefare, absolute violence is the answer, every platoon should have specter gunships on call to waste the enemy when they get engaged, i am no expert on warfighting but it seems that every troop who dies does so for what, i see no true victory in what the president has labled the mission, the afghanistan army hates us and repairing the relationship seems impossible and the taliban will remain a political/military power once we leave

    March 30, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • hello

      now i also understand that the united states cannot just "go to war with another country" but are we at war with the tribal regions, the united states should appeal to the pakistan government with something along the lines of stealth technology or maybe an aircraft carrier and in return one swift blow to their wild west, give them something to solve a problem for them but hey that is just a humble opinion, the overall war is against terror anyways right, maybe we should focus on building bonds with the people instead

      March 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • hello

      you know what i would really do with afghanistan and the arab spring, i would take advantage of all the falling governments and position a memebr of NATO to become the next "dictator of the country", then you can control the country by selling its resources bring democracy over the next tens years, no longer would you have to appeal to the people against the will of their leaders, and you could do it on the cheap, capitalize on their own resources, oil, opium what not, you could control where the stuff goes and find out who the major buyers are in the world, and you no longer have to scratch your head woundering what their government thinks about you because you are their government, i say that the arab spruing is the perfect opportunity to colonize the mideast, i would take 100 memebrs of the cia and put them into each country and become politicians/warlords with the choosen leader being an american born who looks like them, the rest could serve as the secret service, defense secretary and what not, buy the army's loyalty with their own resources

      March 30, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
  8. re position

    move to a remote site away from the common folks and monitor the iranian boarder and push the afghans towards pakistan boarder it would not be long before the afghans and pakistan would request support .

    March 30, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  9. Citizen - Florida

    Is this news? As long as the people making the decisions aren't the same as the ones taking these polls, okay, whatever. Sure it's important to take the pulse of the population, but military matters aren't something that should be decided, or even influenced by the common citizen, such as myself, or the majority of the people who will read this, or even the common soldier. Let's face it, even the most well informed of citizens has no real idea of the complexities involved. We can't, we have jobs, we have families, we have things to do besides being briefed on the state of this or that military feature or conflict. That's why we have elected leaders, so they can be properly informed of all the things we don't, and in some cases, can't know.

    Not happy with the war, forget the polls, write your congressman, but leave the final decisions to those who have more to go off of then the media's coverage of the latest casualties, because they cover little else when it comes to the military.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  10. Jesse Granger

    I think it's important to remember that no matter how things are portrayed or actually play out that our troops deserve all the support and sacrifice we can offer them. It's their bravery and selflessness that allows us all the freedom we have in the U.S. today, including the freedom to comment on whether on not we favor a war our nation is in and whether or not we think we're winning. Thank you,.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
  11. michaelfury

    March 30, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply

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