Support for President Obama’s Afghanistan policy is rising, but still only totals 48 percent of Americans, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
That’s a 10 percentage point increase from last month. It came after Obama’s speech last week explaining his plan to send 30,000 more troops for the war effort.
Ironically, the increase in support came from Republicans and independents.
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Republican support for Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is 42 percent, up 19 percentage points from November. On the Democratic side, 55 percent approve, little-changed from last month.
As for the decision to send more troops, 51 percent of all respondents support it, while 43 percent are opposed. Nearly half of the respondents said that Obama didn’t clearly explain his plan.
Of Republicans, about two-thirds support the troop escalation. As for Democrats, 53 percent oppose it.
While 55 percent of respondents oppose the president’s decision to set a date for troop withdrawals to begin, nearly 60 percent said they don’t want troops to stay for more than two years.
Most Republicans oppose Obama’s idea for a timetable, while most Democrats agree with him.
Just under half of those surveyed said we will succeed in preventing terrorists from using Afghanistan as a base of support.
Obama’s overall approval rating dropped to 50 percent, his lowest support level since taking office.
In Gallup’s daily approval rating for Obama Thursday, he also stood at 50 percent, though that represented a 3 point increase from Wednesday.
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