February 27th, 2009
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Poll: Most support plan to bolster U.S. troops in Afghanistan

U.S. soliders conduct a joint military exercise with the Afghan National Army in Afghanistan on Monday.
U.S. soliders conduct a joint military exercise with the Afghan National Army in Afghanistan on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's plan to send 17,000 more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan.

And the survey, conducted by CNN and the Opinion Research Corp., suggests that half of all Americans think the United States is winning the war in Iraq, the highest percentage since that question was first asked in a CNN poll in 2004.

The survey's Thursday release comes one day before Obama is expected to travel to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to announce he'll withdraw most combat troops from Iraq within 19 months.

Sixty-three percent of those questioned in the poll say they support Obama's plan to beef up U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with 36 percent opposing the move.

But only 47 percent favor the war in Afghanistan, with 51 percent opposed to the fighting that first began soon after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • CNN poll • Iraq
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. get them out of Iraq and put them into Afganistan

    Iraq should take care of themselves, Bush was just such a bad President and did not think at all in 'what comes next'

    we will pay for his mistakes a long time

    February 27, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Baze

    Bolstering support to Afghanistan is one thing, but an entirely new strategy is another. Simply putting more boots on the soil is just going to increase U.S. troop and civilian casualties. U.S. main forces need to play mostly a support, recon, and security role, while Special Forces need more enablers to carry out precision attacks that pack more wallop.

    February 27, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. lefty loosy

    Interesting , change presidents and now the war in Iraq is being won.
    Would probably go the other way if a republican was presicent.
    Obama has done nothing but maintain the status quo

    February 27, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Matt in Minneapolis, MN

    I'm sorry but who are the 16% who support increasing troops but don't favor the war? And who are the fools who think that we shouldn't keep prosecuting this war? America the majority of you are fools with short memories and zero tolerance for a hard war. Sometimes war is hard, but if you go in you finish the job. Grow up and grow a pair. Not all wars are like the Persian Gulf War.

    February 27, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. carlo

    That is what the President said he would do during the primaries, so his supporters (you know, the majoiry by a huge margin) don't mind.

    February 27, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Llinda

    If the liberal democrats, led by Murtha (the joke) and the media weren't so anti-Bush, we would have had a victory exit from Iraq by now. It's hard to get a job done when you have so much whining going on.

    February 27, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Mickie

    It's interesting that McCain is saying we are losing the war in Afghanistan - NO DUH – Bush/Cheney and the republicans never concentrated on that country, but with McCain's wholehearted support, they were willing to pour more $$ and the bodies of more of our servicemen into Iraq if it took 100 years! McCain has absolutely no credibility left and can't remember from one minute to the next what he said before. Maybe that's why he now has a blackberry, so someone can tell him what he is supposed to say. Go retire to one of your mansions John.

    February 27, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Bad plan ask the Russia

    February 27, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    To those opposed.... do you really believe we will be safe if we ignore these terrorists??????? They will stop at nothing to destroy us... in fact, part of their plan has already succeeded.... we succumbed as a nation to their plan to undermine us and elected a weak and feckless president and congress.

    February 27, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. demwit

    I'm proud to be a American.., Obama can do no wrong.

    February 27, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Iraq II

    Here we go again...

    February 27, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Maggie

    We had a reason to go into Afghanistan.
    We have a reason to still be fighting in Afghanistan.
    We invaded Iraq, a country we weren't at war with and who didn't have anything to do with 9/11 (as far as we know at this point in time).

    We left Afghanistan too soon in the 80's and Al Queda waltzed in.

    Sometimes, I wonder if people forget how to shore up areas after a war and only get focused on the fighting itself and winning battles.

    February 27, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. That Other Jerry

    Unlike many, I support the effort in Iraq and believe Saddam needed to be removed. However, Afghanistan was always the more immediate threat and should have been the main objective from the start of the war. If it had been, bin Laden's corpse would be rotting today, and we would be a lot safer. This isn't too little, too late, but it's much later than it should have been.

    February 27, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. still hoping

    play on words, he is keeping significantly more troops in Iraq than what he promised.
    Just another broken promise and another lie.

    February 27, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. C

    Have the Pakistanis push the enemy toward the mountains, then go Nuclear on the mountains and get it over with!

    February 27, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. charlie in maine

    If we had not allowed the neo-conmen and women to push us into Iraq with their lies, if we had kept our eye on the ball we could have not only liberated Afganistan from the Taliban, we would have caught Bid Laden. We could have put the Taliban and Al Queda on the "Nazi Plan" that worked so well at the end of WW II. Afganistan could have been like a West Germany by now.

    February 27, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. janey

    I do not believe this cnn poll–just trying to beef up support for Obama. Where is Jane Fonda with her protests? hypocrites.

    February 27, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Carl

    Please do not tell me we are that naive.

    35,000 – 50,000 non-combat troops is an oxymoron.

    We have left troops in Germany, Japan, Korea, and now Iraq.

    BTW, we have troops in 130 countries world wide and these "non combat troops" cost $ 1 trillion a year.

    When are we going to get it? Stop meddling in foreign affairs and get back home so that the $1 trillion can be used for something better.

    February 27, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Ross Pugentry

    the US needs to get the hell out of Iran and Afghanistan...just watch incoming missles if they are fired at us, which they won't be, and use all this war-money for peaceful purposes on the home front...green activities and development of cars that do not use gasoline to run on...we need to get off of oil completely to make our country a strong one! The terroris thing is an over-baked way for US presidents to award contracts to big defense companies... That needs to be slowed down to a big extent. We still have most of the world's strongest weapons...we are just scared to use them when the right time comes along...so why waste money fighting useless wars and promoting big defense companies...??? I am scratching my head...I wish Obama would too!!!

    February 27, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Ross Pugentry

    I my last comment, I meant get out of Iraq (and not Iran...we don't need anyone there either though!) and Afghanistan...altogether! US tourists should not even be allowed to go to any of these crazy countries. Some populations in countries of this world need to be left to their own devices...we need to stay out of their boundaries...end of story.

    February 27, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It makes sense since that is where the terrorist attacks were planned. Why did Bush take his eye off this ball for one that had nothing to do with terrorism affecting this country (Iraq)? Only Cheney knows because that who told him. The fact that there had to be so much persuation to get other countries to join us for the Iraq folly should have given them a clue that it wasn't time yet.

    February 27, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. What is Victory?

    Mr. President ... talk with Colin Powell and remember the lesson that HE LEARNED from Vietnam in coming up with his "POWELL DOCTRINE".

    The American people want a clear defined mission in Afghanistan. We do not want a meandering, rambling war with no solid objectives.

    Define victory / success now, pursue it and get us out of that land which has historically been a graveyard for the world's strongest armies.

    Beware of backdoor help from the Russians to our enemies. Their pride was hurt in Afghanistan and I'm sure there are some in that land that would like us to share their fate.

    February 27, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. me too

    get the boys out of Iraq, move them to Afganistan and fight one war at a time

    February 27, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Burton Kemp

    My question is why is Afghanistan more significant to the US than Iraq? Why will we ask more Americans to die there?

    February 27, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Obambi

    How can this poll be true? I thought the nation just elected an anti-war President?

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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