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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  1. 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?

    Whatever; just remember this one is "Obama's War"

    September 15, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. AEK

    Now, explain to me exactly where we are after eight years in Afghanistan. The citizens of Afghanistan hate us because we continue to act like ugly Americans. Their government is even more corrupt, like that's possible! The war lords are still running the show in a stone age culture and selling narcotics like it's an open house at a Wal Mart pharmacy. I do know that many young Americans are dead or living with catastrophic injuries, Osama Bin Laden is hiding out in the border regions still thumbing his nose at us and encouraging his jihadist soldiers to continue to kill as many of us as possible. A failed policy by the Bush administration from the very start...maybe? They kept us safe from terrorism right after they allowed the largest terrorist attack in our history.

    September 15, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. I Vote No

    I vote No. Enough with the wars already – the rest of the world is laughing at us, or shunning us. This is NOT our problem. Bring the troops home and strengthen Homeland Security. Let the rest of the world deal with this mess. Same with Iraq. Just leave. There have been wars in these two countries since the advent of time. They will eventually figure it out among themselves.

    September 15, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Marie Laveaux

    One of the few times I have to agree with the Republicans. This war is the only one we should have been fighting all along. Sadly, so much money, human life, and time have been diverted to Iraq that we now have a much harder task to complete in Afghanistan. The strategic value of this country in fighting Al Qaida in Pakistan, as well as theTaliban who aid Al Qaida, makes it imperative that we stabilze Afghanistan quickly, and in order to do this, we must build up troops.
    We must support this effort because this is where our real enemy is and has been all along.

    September 15, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Sadly, the American public has a short memory. Unlike Iraq, Afghanistan really IS where the terrorists who attacked us (and who are still planning to do more) live and train. Afghanistan is the right and appropriate place to be in response to 9/11.

    But perhaps the Obama administration needs to gear up some communication strategies around Afghanistan so that people remember.

    September 15, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. mother and sister of a soldier

    Proof that your president cannot deliver on his campaign rehetoric. More soldiers get sent over, more deaths and all from a party that denounces war! Do you honestly think killing Osama is all this important? As any soldier will tell you, there is always someone to take the lead when one dies.

    September 15, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. T22

    Considering the administration wanted to downplay the remembrance of 9/11, this isn't surprising. We need to decide whether we want to go after and eliminate Al Qaeda and their enablers, the Taliban, or do we want to send a message – as we did under Carter – that we have no intention of fighting them, inviting another attack.

    Remember the 3000 they killed and lets go get them. Maybe Obama needs to make a speech on this.

    September 15, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    This country is experiencing war fatigue. We’ve been fighting since 2001 and there appears to be no end to it and this country is tired. To that end I say, remember on September 11, 2001 when people were jumping out of burning buildings? The battle in Afghanistan should be the focus of our fight because of its significance to Al-Quida. We need to eradicate poppy fields that are the life blood of terrorist funding and eliminate Al-Quida and Taliban threats to our national security. It may not be popular, but it has to be done.

    September 15, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. g

    american people are getting board with this movie maybe time to move on to next war the one the cia is putting together in south america

    September 15, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Support for the war may be at a low, but this is the war that needs to be fought. Not only in AFPAK, but internationally. The arrests made in Queens yesterday is an example of what I mean. The assault in Somalia is what I mean. Take the war to he enemy! Al Queda is an international terrorist organization and we must hunt them down wherever they may lurk. Battle on!

    September 15, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Polar Bears Against Palin

    This should stop. As well as the other war based on lies in Iraq. Figures the war mongering Republicans would still support this rubbish. They don't like the goverment to spend money on the uninsured for heatlh care. But, they can't throw enough money at hate and destruction. Losers.

    But, Obama needs to wise up and stop this nonsense.

    September 15, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And before the Right-Wing swifites start laying blame, remember your boy, Bush, put us in this mess, not Obama.

    September 15, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Dean

    Pull our troops out let the taliban think they have won and when they all come out in the streets to celabrate drop a ICBM right in the middle of them.

    September 15, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Hugo

    How can Americans support a war that has no solid goal for achievement and is under supplied with the troops needed to actually complete any mission? That is what a Leader of MEN is to do, rally our countrymen and Congress in support by establishing a clear and detailed goal with realistic strategy, so far Obama and Congress have been like a bag of Cats or shotgun blast with their strategies. We presently are sending our servicemen to a hostile region to slowly be killed off or wounded one by one. America needs to either send in troops to get it done or tuck our tail between our legs and bring them home!

    September 15, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Typical Democrat

    Well yeah!! The terrorists got mean treatment in prison, doesn't matter that they hate us and killed thousands of Americans and are plotting to do more, we need to be nice to them, then they will like us and maybe quit chopping off our heads. Our tax dollars should not be wasted on keeping Americans safe, they should be spent buying houses, computers, cars and welfare for the poor people and the illegals who only want us to provide them with a better life and free healthcare/prenatal care for their growing families.

    September 15, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Rob Johnson

    The best thing we could do is get the Pakistanis to take the fight to the Taliban, which is currently happening. Pakistan has a robust miliary and they should be capable of beating a few thousand thugs with AK-47's and rocket launchers. Bush was never able to get them to take responsibility for their own country, but Obama has.

    Given the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, having a strong Pakistan on their border to keep the Taliban/Al Qaeda in check might be the best we can hope for. Anything more ambitious than that would take years, and we don't have the money or patience for that.

    September 15, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. AstroTurf This

    Well that's the liberal way of drumming up support for our troops! Way to go CNN!

    September 15, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Tom, NC

    Democrats are such weenies. Clinton dropped our guard, so the bad guys could come here and blow us up. Bush won the war in Iraq, and Obama, to give the 'Abamanation' some credit, is smart enough to use the same strategy Now, here comes the left, saying let's drop our guard again. I guess next time it will take the Empire State Building going down to put another few months of spine into them....

    September 15, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. gt

    send them home now....

    September 15, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Robin

    First of all, nobody "likes" war. However, this is a war we can and will win. It is a war we have to win, because it is crucial to our national security.

    September 15, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Bush hadn't gone and invaded Iraq, then we would have had more troops there to stop Taliban and Al Qeada. We would have had a better sense of the land and more Afghan troops trained.

    I hope that the new movement in Afghanistan that the commanding general and President Obama have in mind works. The American public has never been in the mood for a prolonged fight.

    September 15, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Casey | Ruth, CA

    Let's just say that support for WAR is at an all time low, OK? In Afghanistan and/or anywhere else.

    September 15, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. LacrosseMom

    Dear President Obama,

    Please bring our Troops home. Take a lesson from history, Afghanistan has been in turmoil for years and years. We will not be able to make a difference.

    BRING OUR TROOPS HOME! We NEED the money at home!

    September 15, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Greg in MO

    Despite the necessity of stabalizing Afghanistan as can be seen in history, I have no doubt that President Obama will sway with public opinion in order to avoid being disliked. Stay the course democrats, soon he will give in and allow Afganistan to fall back into the state that it was during the Clinton years.

    September 15, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Jeb

    What do people suggest? Do they suggest that we leave and let bin Laden go free? It's amazing to me how the same people who were championing us going after the terrorist when Bush was in office and getting nothing done are now the same people wanting to pull out 9 months after Obama's in office.

    Didn't he say that he would step it up in Afghanistan? Didn't people vote for him anyway? It's like people can't even remember what happened yesterday.

    September 15, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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