September 15th, 2009
08:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Support for Afghan war at all-time low

 U.S. troops participate in a ceremony commemorating the eighth anniversary of 9/11 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
U.S. troops participate in a ceremony commemorating the eighth anniversary of 9/11 in Bagram, Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Tuesday morning indicates that 39 percent of Americans favor the war in Afghanistan, with 58 percent opposed to the mission.

Support is down from 53 percent in April, marking the lowest level since the start of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan soon after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The poll suggests that 23 percent of Democrats support the war. That number rises to 39 percent for independents and 62 percent for Republicans.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Evan Flaugher

    as horribly against the afghanistan war i am i think that we have put the afghan people in a horrible position and i beleive that we should improve their situation in protecting themselves from the increased threat that we have created for them before we leave. however i do feel that we should do this as quickly as possible.

    September 15, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Classy 57

    Many of us who are opposed to this war are opposed to the way it is being fought. If we are going to go to war, then let's do it full scale and get it over with - let's stop fighting this war as we did Vietnam =- with hands tied behind our backs. If we're going to win, we need to pull out all the stops and bomb the hell out of the country - let the chips fall where they may - it will rid the country of its poppy growth and kill its Taliban.
    The way we go to war is ridiculous - expecting our young men to not fire when they are fired upon; training the enemy because no one knows who is the enemy, etc., etc. etc.

    September 15, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. S Callahan

    I beg to differ with Osamma on his interpretation of the cause of Afghan.......God is righteous, loving , compassionate, full of wisdom, intelligent...he will not be fooled by garbled talk. His wisdom tells earthly beings to rescuse the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the oppressed and tells us to trust to him to reveal that which is evil. When we separate ourselves from God's great wisdom when we take this cause for ourselves and it gets distorted. You have your enemies confused in your mind for it is not of the flesh you are fighting.

    September 15, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Obama Victim

    it was my understanding that The Messiah was going to end these needless wars????

    September 15, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Chris - Denver

    It's about time to wrap this one up.

    September 15, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. elliott

    We MUST continue until the job is done. And contrary to the lib press, IT IS WORKING!!!

    September 15, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Chipster

    What is wrong with our country? What is wrong with our people? They sat idly by while Bush invaded Iraq – knowing full well that that nation had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. Precious resources that could have been used to capture Bin Laden and put the Taliban out of business were diverted for personal obsession and oil.

    Now, our people actually want to walk away, leaving the Taliban and Al Qaeda to control and use Afghanistan as a base to attack us again. How can anyone justify that?

    This is the war we should have continued. This is the war we MUST win!

    September 15, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. B

    This WAR is a Quagmire, and will suck all of the resources that need to be used here in this country!

    I would like to know from the people that support it, who they think is paying for it, we are broke. How long do they think China are going to support our Debt ??

    September 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Carlos

    Uh it's the support for uhmaba thats at a all time low and getting worse every day.

    September 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Jacques

    So when will Obama bring the troops home? Bush may have started the war, but when will Obama finish it?

    September 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    The Taliban will try to control Afghanistan as long as there is money to be made from growing poppies, which will be grown as long as there is a market for heroin.

    The Afghan people need an economic alternative to poppy production.

    This is a very difficult problem, to be sure.

    September 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Yeh, after 8 years we gonna worry about Afghanistan? What a joke! Just another waste of money. Kill Em All, Let GOD Sort Em Out!!!!

    September 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. diridi

    all these muslim nations are hard to win...well, we go to Afganistan, they go to Pakistan, if we go to Pakistan, they go to (sneek in) India...well, where can we go...???? Bush is an idiot, to go to Iraq, and not use diplomacy....we need to focus on fixing health care wtih public option....you know, insurance thugs will rob....us....use PAs (Physician Assistants) in rural area setting...they are the "BEST" doctors with knowledge, experience...truth...my doctor is a PA not MD......ok

    September 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Proud Member..Party of No

    As predicted. After all of the democrat chirping about Afghanistan being "the right war" we all knew it would come to this. Democrats whined and moaned about the "quagmire" in Iraq and how we couldn't possibly win there and how it had diverted our attention from "the real war" in Afghanistan. Now that we have disappointed the democrats by winning the war in Iraq, they want us to surrender in Afghanistan.

    September 15, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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