February 27th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
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Poll: Most support plan to bolster U.S. troops in Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/26/us.troops.poll/art.soldiers.afghanistan.gi.jpg caption="U.S. soliders conduct a joint military exercise with the Afghan National Army in Afghanistan on Monday."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's plan to send 17,000 more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan.

And the survey, conducted by CNN and the Opinion Research Corp., suggests that half of all Americans think the United States is winning the war in Iraq, the highest percentage since that question was first asked in a CNN poll in 2004.

The survey's Thursday release comes one day before Obama is expected to travel to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to announce he'll withdraw most combat troops from Iraq within 19 months.

Sixty-three percent of those questioned in the poll say they support Obama's plan to beef up U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with 36 percent opposing the move.

But only 47 percent favor the war in Afghanistan, with 51 percent opposed to the fighting that first began soon after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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  1. Kevin

    Have we not learned anything from history. Stop believing in the ever expanding levithan state that is slowly creeping into every aspect of our lives. Why do you think these people hate us? Because we are "over there" exploiting their countries!!!!

    February 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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