CNN Poll: Support for Afghanistan war at all time low
US army soldiers from Bravo company 2nd Batallion 27th Infantry rests before a mission with the Afghan army at Outpost Monti in Kunar province, on September 20, 2011.
October 28th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Support for Afghanistan war at all time low

Washington (CNN) – As the war in Afghanistan passes the ten-year mark, a new national survey indicates that support for the conflict has dropped to an all time low as a growing number of Americans express concern that the situation in the central Asian country has turned into another Vietnam.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday, only 34% of the public says they support the war in Afghanistan, one point less than the previous low of 35%, with 63% opposed to the conflict.

Full results (pdf)

"But that opposition is not a reflection of the original decision to get involved in Afghanistan a decade ago," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It's what Afghanistan has turned into in the subsequent decade that has soured Americans on the war effort there."

The survey indicates that 57% say it was not a mistake to send military forces to Afghanistan in October 2001, several weeks after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

But according to the poll, 58% now say that the war in Afghanistan has turned into a situation like the U.S. faced in Vietnam, six points higher than the number who felt that way a year ago.

The survey also indicates partisan and gender gaps over the conflict.

"The war in Afghanistan is perhaps the one remaining policy on which President Obama and Republicans agree," says Holland. "Six in ten Republicans still support the war, compared to only a quarter of Democrats and independents. Support is also much higher among men than women, although a majority of both groups oppose the war."

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from Oct. 14-16, with 1,007 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Puro

    Good to see people finally using their heads.
    Supporting war makes you yourself look like a warmonger, so then the question arises, what makes the United States of America better than any other country at war?
    Nothing, soldiers killing other soldiers, and yet so many people in the west believes they are somehow "better" than the guys fighting on the other side?

    Enough is enough, USA, off of your high horse right now, just like the mission where Osama Bin Laden was taken down this is despicable.

    October 28, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Reagan80

    We'll be in Afghanistan only until Obama decides to leave or is no longer President. The nuts who would revolt in the streets are his political base.

    October 28, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    We have more than accomplished the original mission. That's reason to pack it in and withdraw in an orderly fashion.

    We underestimated the people of the region and their objectives. That's reason to pack it in and stay awhile.

    Q. Do we stay or do we go?
    A. Pack it in.

    October 28, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. truth

    I guess the word got out about our US troops being used to protect the heroine trade. So that when it is turned from poppy to drug and shipped to the US, the government agencies can bust Americans who buy it and increase their revenue in the private penal system. Who needs enemies with friends like those in US government? Kick them all out, they are traitors, and worse they are evil. End the drug war, and the war in Afghanistan ends as well.

    October 28, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Regardless of what the polls says, we can't withdraw from Afghanistan early. As long as Pakistan is harboring terrorists within their borders, we need to be in Afghanistan to tighten the neuce on these terror networks such as Al Queda and the Haqqani network. Karzai needs to go and we need a non corrupt leader of Afghanistan. The war will be lost if we allow the Taliban to seize power of the country once again. I'm all for what the Vice President wants which is a counter terroism strategy. The counter insurgency days are over. It's time to bring the fight to them wherever they may be.

    October 28, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    Afghanistan was, is and will forever be a totally corrupt chaos. We are wasting precious lives and billions of taxpayer
    money. And all the political crap about reestablishing a democratic "government" is just that. Political crap. Petraeus got
    out just in time!
    Wake up Obama!!!

    October 28, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    As long as the CIA needs the drug money to fund black ops, we'll be in Afghanistan.

    October 28, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. jefflz

    We need to know more about Cain's links to the neofascist Koch brothers. His campaign manager came from their organization.

    October 28, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. No More Taxes

    These soliders in the photo are clearly union, sitting around like that.

    October 28, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. v_mag

    Seems like America has finally come around to the position I've held for 10 years. And to think, I was heckled by lots of people when I stood on the Capitol steps with a sign protesting the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    Anyone with half a brain, and the experience of Vietnam, could see where that mess was headed. Eventually, the people who can stop the war will catch up with me and the rest of America. But that won't bring back the thousands of people killed for no reason, or the billions of dollars wasted.

    October 28, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Yellow-Rose

    ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Regardless of what the polls says, we can't withdraw from Afghanistan early. As long as Pakistan is harboring terrorists within their borders, we need to be in Afghanistan to tighten the neuce on these terror networks such as Al Queda and the Haqqani network. Karzai needs to go and we need a non corrupt leader of Afghanistan. The war will be lost if we allow the Taliban to seize power of the country once again. I'm all for what the Vice President wants which is a counter terroism strategy. The counter insurgency days are over. It's time to bring the fight to them wherever they may be.
    ****************************************************************************************************
    Bet if Bush were president you wouldn't be posting this. I'm sure you would be yelling what a warmonger Bush is. Obama could kick an old lady into the street for no reason, run her over and not even say, 'I'm sorry' and you would be just fine with that because it's Obama running the old woman over. Sheesh

    October 28, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    @ Yellow-Rose –

    Don't waste your time – he's a full time Obama rump swab.

    October 28, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    God Bless our troops and send them home safely.

    This war needs to end and end now. Please Mr. President END THIS WAR NOW.

    This is yet one more mess W left to be cleaned up. This country doesn't need anymore republican presidents for at least the next 10 years.

    October 28, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Bet if Bush were president you wouldn't be posting this. I'm sure you would be yelling what a warmonger Bush is.
    ---------------------------------------------–
    WRONG!!! I've always stated that this was the war we should've been fighting all along and NOT Iraq. Bush dropped the ball and took his eye off the prize which was Osama Bin Laden. I recall him giving up the hunt for OBL so he can go on his decietful, revenge crusade to get Saddam. Leave it up to a black man to clean up a white man's mess.

    October 28, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. thomas

    @
    No More Taxes
    These soliders in the photo are clearly union, sitting around like that.
    @
    Fair is Fair
    As long as the CIA needs the drug money to fund black ops, we'll be in Afghanistan.
    @
    Reagan80
    We'll be in Afghanistan only until Obama decides to leave or is no longer President. The nuts who would revolt in the streets are his political base.

    What GOP disinformation sweat shop do you work for ? You are the same guy writing for three !

    Who's idea was it to go into Afghanistan "BUSH" .

    October 28, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    @jeffl
    ************
    You are right. Its called 'Americans for Prosperity' and Cain worked there too, giving speeches. I think that's where
    he met his 'campaign manager'.

    October 28, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Patriot

    I think it's time to leave Afghanistan. Bin Laden is dead, new trbal unrest are emerging, it's becoming a domestic problem now rather than international. It's difficult to fight a religeous war, learn from Ireland where the figghting lassted centuries and still goups of people are still causing distrubance in the country. People fighting a religeous war have a mindset of pre- civilized world. They don't know anything about the 21st century world. It is their own problem now, it's up to their people to decide wether to catch up with civilization or not.

    October 28, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |