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Poll: Majority Opposes New Troops to Afghanistan

By Rick Pedraza   |   Friday, 13 Nov 2009 03:08 PM

A majority of Americans oppose the increase of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.

When asked, more than half of those polled said they would like to see the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan reduced, while the remainder said President Barack Obama should either take Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s recommendation and increase troop levels by 40,000, or support a smaller troop increase.

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Findings of the Nov. 5-8 poll show:

  • 44% said they would like to see the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan reduced.

  • 35% support Gen. McChrystal’s recommendation for 40,000 additional troops.

  • 7% support a smaller increase in the number of troops in Afghanistan.

  • 60% of Democrats would like the president to begin to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan.

  • 26% support a troop increase of about 40,000 (18%) or less than that number (8%).

  • 36% of independents would like Obama to increase troop levels.

  • 45% of men favor a troop increase.

  • 32% of women are in favor of increasing troop levels.

  • A majority of women would like to see the U.S. reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan.

    A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted one month ago found Americans evenly divided over whether the U.S. should increase troop presence in Afghanistan.

    Forty-eight percent said they would favor a decision to send more troops, while 45 percent said they would oppose it. The new Gallup poll shows a majority of men (45 percent) favor a troop increase, while only 32 percent of women agree.

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