September 15th, 2009
08:40 AM ET
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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. Roger

    So we no longer want to get Bin Laden for attacking us? That makes no sense at all. Oh maybe we feel like since we got Saddam Hussein, who by the way didn't attack us, we can forget about Bin Laden? Now that makes a lot of sense!

    September 15, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Striker

    Yea, let the taliban take it back over and build new schools on how to kill Americans. Go in, take them all out and get it over with.

    September 15, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Enough

    Well that's because our new President is clueless about how to handle the war or anything else. Maybe he needs a few more Czars to think for him!

    September 15, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    I guess people have forgotten why we are there! Wake up America – you can not take a punch in the nose and run away. We need to finish the job no matter how difficult it is. I know that it bothers most Dems that we are not winning there all of a sudden. They want to believe that the wars were mis-managed by the previous administration. Now they discover that war is not as easy as they thought it should be! Reality is settling in for the Dems....

    September 15, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Rumsfeld

    And does anyone recall Russia's experience in Afghanistan? Seriously. Do we want another Vietnam??

    September 15, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Randolph Carter, the nasty Obamabot

    Although I'm what you'd call a liberal, I support the war. We really need to finish what we started because if we leave now, the whole area would turn to chaos. Also it would be nice to nab Osama and string him up, but we all know he's playing golf and reminiscing about the good old days with George W. in Saudi Arabia right about now. Have a nice day!

    P.S. What the heck is up with these rumors about Glenn Beck's shady past that I keep hearing about? How come he hasn't come out and denied them?

    September 15, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    The American Government, Media, and People will lose this war like they did Viet Nam, only the US Military are willing to fight to WIN!

    September 15, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Typical Democrat

    Bush's fault, Bush's fault that Obama doesn't have a clue what he is doing. Community organizers only know how to deal with such great organizations as ACORN. More federal funding to ACORN, they do such good in the community. It's really great that they counsel people on how to lie to the government.

    September 15, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Many journalists are saying this is now President Obama's war. Well, really it isn't . It is President Bush's first war and is the one that he dropped the ball on in favour of the Iraq war which had nothing to do with 911. He left the NATO forces out to dry in Afghanistan and we all know that. If he had put all of his effort and troops into Afghanistan to begin with, it probably would all have been over with long ago. Now it is another mess left for President Obama to try and clean up along with trying to get troops out of Iraq. No President has been left such a long list of major problems to deal with on Day 1 and President Obama has been pragmatically, carefully and clearly trying to deal with them. He's doing a great job.

    September 15, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Tim in NC

    This is the war we should have been fighting the entire time. This is where our focus needs to be, not distracting ourselves cause we can't find Osama.

    Just because Bush has worn us out with Iraq does NOT take away from the importance of the real fight in Afganistan and Pakistan.

    September 15, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. enough

    We've spent so much on the Iraq war in $ and lives.. People are sick of it... It's kind of sad too, because this is where we should have been the whole time and only here!!!

    September 15, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    The all time low is brought to you by the democrats in congress.

    September 15, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Tatianna

    The real question, though, is whether the U.S. has the stomach to see this fight through beyond an immediate push and through to a successful conclusion?

    September 15, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Bubba

    Now that we know Cheney and Bush were behind the attacks, the whole war seems like a horrible joke they played on us. OK, dead guys, you can get up now. No? Aw, come on. Let's play WMDs some more, that game NEVER gets old.

    September 15, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. Tony

    As a Father of a Marine Vet who fought in Haditha and was part of the Marine Surge last year, I support our troops with my whoe heart. I support the job they are doing. I support them in prayer. If the Generals say they need more troops, then send them. I do not like ANY war, however, this is our war and we must succeed. Get the Politicans out of it. They have a vested interest – re-election. The ground commanders know what they need – Give it to them.

    September 15, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. ran

    This one we really can blame Bush for. If he had put the resources into that war and not into Iraq; we would have been finished and we would not have been put through what we have been regarding the economy/lost jobs and the fight now over health care.

    All this suffering because of a really "lying" President.

    September 15, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. Thomas

    I would like to ask President Obama the same questions I would have liked to ask President Bush

    1. What is the goal of the AF operation?
    2. How will we measure our progress/lack of progress?
    3. What is the exit criteria for success/failure?

    The first question is the most important - What are we hoping to accomplish?

    And do we really have a reasonable expectation that we can accomplish our goals (what ever they are).

    September 15, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    It amazing how many people just simply don't get it. These terrorists WILL attack us if we don't get to them first. If we leave that door open, issues like Health Care will no longer matter. I support Obama and his current efforts in Afghanistan.

    September 15, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. JDM

    Our attention span is about a week, we've had 7 years of war. It dosen't mean we should leave. We have to focus on a clear cut mission and just do it.

    September 15, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Sam Sixpack

    What happened to the folks who claimed they would stop the war? – We elected the liars.

    September 15, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Ben in Texas

    The only purpose of the war in Afghanistan should have been to catch and kill Osama bin Laden and his henchmen. Bush blew it. We should have left at that point.

    There was no purpose for the Iraq war, except the personal retribution of W against Saddam, for his daddy's sake. The American people, especially its military people, have paid over and over for Bush's grudge, but W himself will never pay.

    September 15, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. jaye

    Republicans love war – they love these wars because they started them.
    These wars need to end NOW.

    September 15, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    That is right ! Bring our brave service people home now! No more War for corporate profit.

    September 15, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. mike

    So, the conservatives are starting to cut and run on the Afgan war, huh? I guess that's because it's not the W's war anymore. losers.

    September 15, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. New Yorker

    Why don't you give a little more information such as, what % of those polled identified themselves as a Democrat, Republican, or Independent?
    Were 90% Democrats?

    September 15, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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