December 23rd, 2009
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN Poll: Americans back Afghanistan surge, but not the war

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="While the war in Afghanistan remains unpopular with most Americans, the public continues to support President Barack Obama's decision to send more U.S. troops to the conflict, according to a new national poll."]Washington (CNN) - While the war in Afghanistan remains unpopular with most Americans, the public continues to support President Barack Obama's decision to send more U.S. troops to the conflict, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-nine percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning say they favor the president's plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, with 39 percent opposed.

"Most of those who oppose Obama's plan would like to see the U.S. immediately withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Lili, FL

    Right war, wrong Commander in Chief

    December 23, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Wayne

    Wars aren't football games. They aren't won overnight.

    December 23, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Jeremy

    We have to assist the Afghan military and government in being self sufficient in security before pulling out or else it will become another Taliban state. To pull out abruptly would not only be irresponsible but a betrayal to the Afghan people. Obama made the right decision.

    December 23, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Get our kids out of W's war in Iraq. That was the biggest mistake this country has made since Viet Nam. Bring them home and spend our money fixing the US.

    December 23, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. MCL

    Cake,,,and eat it too? I love it

    December 23, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Blutarski

    What ever happened to Cindy Sheehan? Does she only protest Republican wars? This isn't Bush's war anymore, Obama owns it now.

    December 23, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. gt

    get them home and get them home now...

    December 23, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Silence Dogoode

    This is what needs to happen for anyone to "win" in Afganistan and no one is willing to do it. We give an ultimatum, ex give us the Taliban within a week or we will carpet bomb your have a week to destroy your poppy fields before we destroy them for you....then if the terms are not met we bomb them....

    December 23, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. katiec

    Just do not see at this time how we can turn our backs on Afghanistan. This is the country behind 9/11, harbors unlimited
    terrorists which have overflowed to surrounding countries.
    The problems are we spent so much of our resourses, financially and strength in an unwarranted war, unrelated war we are unable to make
    the commitment it deserves.
    It no longer helps to state what we should have done as past mistakes, mismanagement etc have taken their toll which we will
    be paying the price for, for years. And, the innocent lives, wounded, the true victims of the invasion of Iraq will be with us forever.

    December 23, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This war is like pouring water in a glass with holes in it when we leave who's going to fill the glass were wasting our time for a country that will regress to the time before we came.

    December 23, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. RON

    This war was lost a long time ago under the Bush league administration.

    December 23, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    I oppose war period. You have to wonder what kind of health care reform we could have had had we not been entrenched in 2 wars over the last 8+ years. Maybe Medicare for all. Or what kind of infrastructure improvements we could have seen, and the job stimulation that would create. Or Green technology and more jobs. The wish list is endless when you're talking a trillion dollars or more. But the most important of all, how many young men and women lost who would still be with their loved ones this Christmas? Peace on earth sounds good right about now, huh?

    December 23, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – it's strange – Since health care reform has passed, all of a sudden the POLLS have changed...

    This same poll gave different results before – making it seem as if President Obama was losing on ALL FRONTS!!!


    December 23, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Lucullus

    How typically American. Once again we show we are the stupidest people on earth. We don't support the war. The war is a losing proposition with no real plan and no exit strategy BUT we support sending more troops there to die. It's this kiind of first rate reasoning that has made this country what it is.

    December 23, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. NVa Native

    Most support the effort to end the conflict. In some cases war maybe a "necessary evi"l, but there is no such thing as a "good war".

    We all know now that the Iraq invasion and occupation was not in any way "necessary". For many of the social and financial elite (Bush/Cheney) it was conceived as a capitalistic venture for corporate profit and benefit at the expense of our military and our people in many ways.

    December 23, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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