August 6th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
5 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. Hawaii gal

    This war is not win-able. We need to pull out of both Iraq and Afghanistan, now. Let's spend the trillions of dollars, that will be needed to keep fighting, here in American, and fix health care. The Soviets lost in Afghanistan, along with the French and others in the history. Why can we not learn from other's mistakes? NO MORE WARS!!!!

    August 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Lynne

    Once again a useless poll as it lacks the data showing political affilaitions of those polled. Without that data, there can be no check to see if it reflects the American people as a whole.

    You must also be aware that people are voting numerous times on your "Grade the President ("I thought it was also a grading of Congress, republicans and the press...)using dofferent names, emailms and locations.. Another scam by the socalled "best political team on Television".

    WHAT CONTROLS, IF ANY DID CNN TAKE TO INSURE THAT THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN?

    August 6, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. carlo

    Well, what do people expect us to do, just pack up and leave? We're behind there because we wasted 8 years in Iraq looking for weapons that never existed.

    I don't know what the problem is lately, but I guess Pres. Obama was obligated to outdo every other President because some white people voted for him.

    August 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Obama is following in Bush's footsteps: pouring billions of dollars we don't have into a war without clear objectives and needlessly sacrificing American lives. Maybe Obama ain't so smart after all.

    August 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Denna

    It figures that the Republicans favor the war. Most of them are draft dodgers anyway. America is war-weary. When George Bush took his eyes off of Osama bin Laden to go after Saddam Hussein, we may have lost our best chance to avenge the murders that happened on September 11. We need to find a way to bring our troops home from both Iraq and Afghanistan. We also need to know when to intervene and when to let a country sort out its own problems. If a Repub was president now, we would probably be mired in Iran's election debacle.

    August 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    Slap some Democrat's and they would probably apologize for getting in front of your hand. These people would not have the freedoms they have today if it was not for wars. Wars may not be nice and I hate to see anyone lose their life but they are a fact of life and those that fight voluntarily signed up to do so! This may not be popular but if you sign up for the military and collect tax payer money in the form of your salary, than it is your job to go fight when told to. If you do not want to fight, that is ok too – just do not join the military....

    August 6, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Rainy

    Thought we were getting out of all these wars??

    August 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. matt

    just like americans they can talk a bunch of crap but when it comes down to it they run like babies

    August 6, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Len in Washington

    Although I'm not a fan or believer in polls of so very few people I agree with the outcome here.

    I, too, am a Vietnam Vet and also see the similarity here. The Afghan people have NEVER LOST A WAR. Their history is thousands of years longer than ours and yet we have placed our people and our Nation in harms way believing that we "have all the answers."
    Well, we don't.
    Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Afghanistan...different names and places but the same result. "Death by Politicians"
    We need to leave.

    August 6, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Torben K. Andersen

    Tell the Republicans to shut up. They created the mess we are in and have fought against any and all health care and retirement plans (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Clinton Health Plan) and treated our veterans badly. They have no right to destroy the Obama Administration;s heroic efforts to pursue what the voters want, and have blown Obama's offer to pass a bi-partisan health care bill, and had their chance. So, let;s move forward without them, and reticent Democrats should be admonished to join in a solid vote in favor of, Obama's excellent health plan, and stop the rethoric and steam steam roll the legislation through the Congress and then get on with the Administration's further efforts to get us out of the mess created by the Republicans.

    August 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. gerry

    I think these wars are not worth it. The money should be spent for
    our citizens to pay for health care. All my life (except for WWII) we have been the policemen of the world. all we get is hatred and "yankee go home" I think we have a duty and a responsibility but not at the proportion we do. Let other countries and the UN take charge and we will do our part but not more. If they don't want to let them learn like the attacks in England and Spain and then they will cooperate more! Money for our country and our people first !!!!!

    August 6, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. CNN hates Kelby's comments...that's why they don't post my comments

    Polls mean nothing. They are useless. Even this one

    August 6, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Predicta

    We need a surge, just like the one that worked in Iraq. Superior numbers yields superior results. God help us all if these animals get their hands on those Pakistani nukes.

    August 6, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. ANGIE IN PA

    Why should we leave so the Republicans can bash him for that

    August 6, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Larry

    We got into those wars so Bush, Cheney and their buddies could get wealthy off them. End of story.

    War is big business.

    August 6, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Sea.gem

    Wow Xavier.....you're so bright, even though Bin Laden who has been sheltered by the Taliban and continues to attack and execute civilians, you still blame Bush...I feel sorry for people like you who don't have an education...more reasons for Education Reform!

    August 6, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Jon in CA

    WHERE'S CODE PINK????

    WHERE ARE THE PROTESTORS???

    WHERE IS CINDY SHEEHAN??

    Oh that's right... Bush = Bad, Obama = Good.

    Liberal Hypocrisy on display!!

    August 6, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Bess

    Guess Obama's has to prove his manhood by staying. Next thing you know he will be running around with his shirt off like Putin.

    August 6, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. jaye

    Bring our troops home now!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. stevie raymie

    knee is to elbow

    as

    liberials are to blame someone else (it will never be our problem,
    just blame bush).............elections are kept simple this way

    if the repubs are the "party of NO"

    then thee dems are the "party of blame"
    soon to be the party to blame but well see

    August 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. worriedmom

    I thought Obama's promise to all you Kool Aid drinkers was he was gonna bring our troops home and no war. actually he is increasing troops. Amazing I can hear crickets chirping, no Liberals sounding off on this one.

    August 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. jaye

    Where are all the war mongering republicans? They love war!
    Must not have polled them.

    August 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Stacey, California

    I think Americans are just ready for our troops to come home. Bush kept them in war long enough. Let's get back to domestic issues at hand, while still beefing up our national security along our borders and no-fly-zones...any unauthorized/unidentified crossings–take'm down. Enough already

    August 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Annette

    Not surprise is anyone? it took 8 years and a new President to get the focus back on Afghanistan, folks have moved on. But this President is trying to clean up, fix and solve some of the issues that when unresolved. I am sure the President, wants this war ended as much as I and others do.

    August 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. JonDie

    The best thing we could do for ourselves may be to withdraw and let Afghanistan sink back into all-out tribal warfare.

    But thanks to Bush's criminal actions in Iraq, most Americans don't even know what the war in Afghanistan is about.

    August 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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