August 6th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN Poll: Support for Afghanistan war drops

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that support among Americans for the war in Afghanistan has hit a new low.

Forty-one percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday say they favor the war in Afghanistan - down 9 points from May, when CNN polling suggested that half of the public supported the war. Fifty-four percent say they oppose the war in Afghanistan, up 6 points from May.

"Afghanistan is almost certainly the Obama policy that Republicans like the most," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Nearly two-thirds of Republicans support the war in Afghanistan. Three-quarters of Democrats oppose the war."

A record 44 United States troops were killed in Afghanistan in July, and 11 have been killed so far this month.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted 7/31-8/3, with 1,136 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Afghanistan • CNN Polls
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Another brick in the House of Barrack falls

    August 6, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. gt

    senfd these boys home ,,, this is a looser...cant change those people

    August 6, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. makesUwonder

    What, we're still there? I thought "The Great One Obama" would have us out by now. Silly me, and to think I almost believed him.

    August 6, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Only selfish morons don't support freeing children from this kind of oppression..

    August 6, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. DiBiase/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm a democrat who favors this war and not the unwarranted one that we were lied to about in Iraq. It's clear to see that our enemy is in AfPak and that's where our troops need to be. No retreat, no surrender. Al Queda must be defeated and dismantled. If we never took our eye off the ball in the first place by going into Iraq, maybe the AfPak war would be coming to end by now.

    August 6, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Paul C.

    Is it my imagination or has CNN began a campaign of polls and voting? Are they going to have a vote every 100 days? I don't recall this obsession during the reign of George W. but maybe they have determined a need to keep their finger on the pulse of the country.
    I would certainly appreciate it if they stick to the news.

    August 6, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. duffey

    What is to gain except dead bodies on both sides in this ugly war. The Taliban are not going to go away, and we are not going to be able to kill or maim them all. Al Qaida is heading to the Sudan, so shouldn't we actually be pursuing them in their lairs?

    Democracy is not a choice the people of Afganistan want, so why force it down their throats? These people are nothing but primitive and ignorant. Every boy or girl we lose over there is a tragedy for this country and of course their beloved familes.

    August 6, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. w

    this poles are buch of bull....

    August 6, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. stormerF

    Democrats Rally where is your support for the Messiah's War effort?Where is the Media Out cry at the cost of this illegal war?Democrats in charge of congress where is your promise to end the War and bring the troops home?

    August 6, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. j williamson

    The US has traded one quagmire for another – Canada has wisely decided to pull out of Afghanistan by next year.

    August 6, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Phil in KC

    It is the central point in the war on terror, so I think it is jusified. However – I do NOT want to see a prolonged action. Americans are getting very tired of a mounting death toll – not to mention extremely saddened by it. We need swift, bold and decisive action.

    August 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Once You Vote Black

    We should pull out. There is nothing more we can do there.

    August 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. lila

    Well, that's not a bad thing. Obama is going to need an out and polls like this will give him one when the times comes.

    August 6, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Pepou

    I agree that it is a losing battle. Let's get out of there !

    August 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. John, Brooklyn, New York

    The ignorance of the American people regarding foreign affairs never continues to flabbergast me.

    The Iraq War was falsely advocated with claims that they had something to do with 9/11 attacks – they weren't.

    However, the torrorists who attacked the US on 9/11 – along with an entire generation of new terrorists who are committed to giving their lives to kill Americans – are trained every day in Afghanistan and the highlands of Pakistan. If there is a single place in the world where we legitimately need our troops on the ground, Afghanistan is hands down where they need to be.

    August 6, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Deep Throat

    Who gives a darn what the baby boomers think. They're the same ones who burned their draft cards. The first to burn the American flag and now the first to put someone like OBAMA in office. Their poll counts for nothing except the destruction of America.

    August 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. machtim akannah

    The operation of the war is not being pursued in a proper manner. Colin Powell had it right - "we must use OVERWHELMING force". Meeting force with equal force allows the enemy to regroup and to attack again. We have the "horsepower" to really do it right, we just don"t have the balls. Manpower is wasted at best, put at risk at worst. Our concern should not be about collateral damage to civilians, but rather about our troops. In the list of priorities, our troops should be considered first. Civilians, harsh as it may be, don't make my list. If we are not in it to win decisively, then we should get out and take our equipment with us.

    August 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. annie s

    I don't oppose this war, but I am deeply troubled by it. Our biggest problem is that terrorists will gain access to Pakistan's nuclear weapons, and to stop that – and to possibly capture bin Laden, our presence there makes sense. But no one has ever been able to "won" a war in those mountains and I'm afraid we're going to get bogged down in another long drawn out expensive war that we can not afford and that we can not win.

    August 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. David

    I wonder if the poll asks whether people like the war just as they apparently ask whether people like Obama's policies. I don't like to clean my cat's litter box but I hold my nose and do it anyway because it's the right thing to do. I feel the same way about the war in Afghanistan. It sucks but we need to be there at least for a while. In particular, Pakistan has nuclear weapons so it's definitely in our best interests to try and keep some stability in the region.

    August 6, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Claudia in Houson

    The Republicans aren't concerned about our troops in Afghan, they want to get paid by lobbyist to stop the healthcare reform. All the people that are showing up to oppose healthcare aren't getting a dime from lobbyist. Don't be used, get paid like the Repugs.

    August 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. danton

    Our one chance in Afghanistan was right after 9/11, but the Bush Administration took its eye off the ball. Outsiders have been trying to take Afghanistan out of the Stone Age for thousands of years. Their efforts have always been futile. It is now clear that our efforts are, as well. I fear for what's going to happen to Afghani women, but we need to withdraw most of our troops.

    There is, of course, the possibility that the Taliban might get a hold of Pakistan's nooks. We need to keep a careful eye on that situation.

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. xavier

    Bush, the ugly wart on our butt that wont go away. Even with him gone we are still paying for the mess he made of things. Never again will I trust a republican.

    August 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Vietnam Veteran

    IT IS TIME TO GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN As a Vietnam Veteran 1968 -1969, I see the trends in the Afganistan War looking eerily similar to Vietnam. Unless the US is willing to TRIPLE the troop levels in country and raise them to say 400,000 US troops in Afghanistan AND be willing to suffer Vietnam level deaths (55,000+), the US will NEVER be victorious there, The Russians fought for 10 years in Afghanistan and their supply lines were right next door. They left in disarray and in defeat after 10 years after shedding many lives and spending BILLIONS. Afghanistan is at ground zero today - we have no clear cut military goals and even less clear political goals. Nobody in the Obama White House can articulate today what victory in Afghanistan will look like. Nobody in the Obama administration knows what victory means. This is a disaster in progress. It is time to regroup; rethink; and either withdraw or wage a real war. In Vietnam we had so many restrictions and not the right mix of troops, and still we lost 55,000 Americans. When dirty bombs hit the battlefield in Afghanistan, The US will wake up to carnage of a most horrible nature and size. IT IS TIME TO GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

    August 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Willy Brown

    Looks like the media can blame this one on Bush. It's Obama's mess.

    August 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Strange....The last 3-4 years of the Bush administration, the Dems were trashing Bush over the Iraq war and saying we should be devoting our war effort and money into the right war, Afghanistan. The will of the people to win a war is directly necessary to win. Strange....

    August 6, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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