NYT/CBS Poll: Support for Afghan War Drops Sharply

Monday, 26 Mar 2012 10:17 PM

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Americans' support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped sharply in recent weeks following a series of violent incidents and setback, a new poll finds.

The New York Times/ CBS survey found that more than two-thirds of those polled, 69 percent, felt the United States should not be in Afghanistan. That's a 16-point increase in dissatisfaction. Four months, ago, the Times reports, 53 percent felt Americans should not be fighting the 10-year-old war.

And if asked how the war was going, respondents were even more negative.
Some 68 percent thought the fighting was going “somewhat badly” or “very badly,” compared with 42 percent who had those impressions in November.

The poll was taken March 21 to 25 with 986 adults nationwide. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Similar polls have found a growing disillusionment with the war. Negative impressions of the war have grown among members of both parties.

Among Republicans, 60 percent said the war was going somewhat or very badly, compared with 40 percent in November. Among Democrats, 68 percent said the war was going somewhat or very badly, compared with 38 percent in November.

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