December 23rd, 2009
06:00 AM ET
7 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

Filed under: Afghanistan
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Unwinnable. Every life and dollar a complete waste. Merry Christmas.

    December 23, 2009 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  2. Robert

    I can't read facebook or twitter which all have been blocked by China. WHo can help

    December 23, 2009 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  3. Joe Fattal

    How can you back up a surge but not the war?. The surge is part of the war, and the war had something to do with the surge. I don't agree with either one.

    December 23, 2009 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    So what's new?
    This poll reflects a difference between two groups:
    Patriots, who support taxation to defend our country, and
    Takers, who support taxation so the money can be doled out to them for their personal use.

    Old-fashioned guns or butter, yes, but in this case, guns or FREE butter.

    December 23, 2009 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Mr. President, why are we fighting religious fundamentalist extremists in Afghanistan when we are threatened by the religious fundamentalist extremists (Conservatives / American Taliban) already here on our soil?

    December 23, 2009 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  6. Runofthemill

    Another of the negative legacies of bush. People now forget that the 9/11 murderers are in Afgahnistan, left their to regroup by chimpie and his criminal cabal.

    December 23, 2009 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  7. strong

    Well, if the American sheep (read: people) support Obama's plan to send thousands of more troups to Afghanistan, then all I can say is that the American public is stupid stupid stupid....

    December 23, 2009 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  8. Ani

    Kind of like rolling thunder in Vietnam hope it turns out better than that did

    December 23, 2009 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  9. Stupid People Suck

    You right wingnuts are truly sad. How on Earth can you defend the "Worst President in U.S. History?" Bush earned this title on 9/11/2001, and his culture of corruption included lying about Iraq, invading Iraq, WMD's, treading on the Constitution, torture, GITMO, no bid contracts, and a host of other violations. I do not blame just Bush and Cheney, I blame you enablers.

    Don't Tread on Me, you wingnuts.

    December 23, 2009 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  10. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Right about now, a Whining Wingnut on Welfare will complain about Obama sending troops to Afghanistan, and try to justify the senate republicans filibuster of the defense appropriations bill, denying equipment for our military.

    December 23, 2009 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    This was were President Bush made his greatest mistake on the war against terror, taking his eye off Afghanistan and going after Hussein...Saddam that is not Barack. Had he kept the pressure on the Taliban this mess might have been over now.

    Now the one problem our troops may face is Obama's R.O.E. in dealing with the enemy, it has already caused the death of four Marines the other month when fire support was denied to them and more may die because of the wimpy P.C. attitude of this administration and their being afraid of our troops going after and killing the bad guys.

    December 23, 2009 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  12. Bill

    This polling indicates the American public is generally uninformed, unthoughtful and schizophrenic. How do you maintain super power status with such a public? It is a challenge.

    December 23, 2009 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  13. Tim E

    Schizoids. 55% say no troops at all in war, 59% say send more troops in war?

    December 23, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  14. But now Obama has started a third war.....

    last week Obama ordered that missles be shot into Yemen......and they now Obama has opened up a third front in addition to Iraq and Afghanistan......

    You voted for change. You voted for peace, What did you get? More war.

    December 23, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. Richard from Austin

    I think it is a travesty that Bush did not wrap this thing up by 04 or 05. They put out "mission accomplished" type propaganda early on, taking credit for "liberating the women of Afghanistan." Today, the Taliban seems to be as big a threat as ever, saying Bush and Co. really didn't do anything. Oh yea, Bin Laden is still on the loose. And to think that Dick Cheney was complaining about Obama "dithering" about the Afghan situation, when him and Bush had been asked for more troops earlier.

    December 23, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. Buckle Down

    There is so much filth and dirt and scandle that surrounds Obama yet CNN doesn't mention a single whit ot it. But you attempt, on a daily basis, to manipulate public opinion in Mr. Obama's favor.

    December 23, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  17. Reggie

    Obama approval rating is now at 44%.

    Let's bring back President Bush.

    December 23, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    End these wars for profit! Bring our brave troops home.

    December 23, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. Duck Fallas

    Obama shows weakness to the enemy by sending 50,000 Marines to kill them.

    The right emboldens the enemy by trashing the Commander in Chief.

    December 23, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I believe as Obama does in the idea that Afghanistan is the war we should be fighting. Iraq was a complete mistake. It shows that the Bush/Cheney administration was just interested if fighting war and not really spreading democracy. We should have been finishing Afghanistan rather than starting a fight in Iraq with Afghanistan still not complete.

    December 23, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. rob

    if you don't back the war, why back the surge ? there pretty stupid.

    December 23, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. southerncousin

    Does anyone doubt that Hussein Obama will eventually screw it up? He has screwed up everything else he touches. To utilize his favorite saying about himself and everything he does, unprecedented. I believe the word is being changed in the dictionary to describe a lying, corrupt act, since he seems (or at least his teleprompter has) taken it as his own special word to describe the destruction his administration is causing this country.

    December 23, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The war must go on. I want Osama's head on a plate.

    December 23, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. Jason

    The results of this poll are simple.

    Republicans support the troops no matter what.

    Democrats don't care about the troops, but support the party before country.

    December 23, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. Going Bogue: An Op Ed critique on what loser GOP hacks want, by Randall in Torrance, CA (with dual Master's Degrees from WWU)

    Republicans have one motto and creed they abide by: "Put everything on the table at risk." They risked the U.S. economy and lost. They risk double wars and occupations and lost public and world support and lost. They risk our environment and it is at risk now. They risk everything for money and power and we all suffer. When will America ever wake up to the threat the Republicans place our once great nation in? When it's too late, that's when.

    December 23, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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