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Poll: Afghan War Not Worth Fighting

Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 09:39 AM

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Public support for the war in Afghanistan has sunk to a new low of just 30 percent and for the first time a majority of Republicans say the war was not worth fighting, a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.

When asked if the war in Afghanistan was worth fighting, 66 percent said no and just 30 percent said yes. Among Republicans, 55 percent said it was not worth the cost. The poll also found that 48 percent of the public support President Barack Obama’s handling of the war while 43 percent disapprove.

Support for the war has been declining for years and first dipped into negative numbers in 2009. The war has claimed the lives of some 2,000 Americans and wounded more than 15,000.

The poll numbers could reverberate in the presidential election. President Obama has set the end of 2014 as the date when all U.S. combat troops are to be removed from country that the United States and its allies invaded in 2001 in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks.

However, GOP challenger Mitt Romney has said the United States should first defeat the Taliban on the battlefield, the Post reported.

“The governor’s position is that Americans are understandably tired of this war, and he recognizes that, in the end, the Afghan people have to prevail,” Richard Williamson, a senior foreign policy adviser to the Romney campaign, said according to the Post. “But we have handicapped them by setting early withdrawal dates, by not being able to forge a more stable NATO coalition, and by not broadening the political base in the country.”


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