September 29th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN poll shows growing pessimism over Afghanistan war

(CNN) - Nearly six in ten Americans continue to oppose the war in Afghanistan amid a growing pessimism about the situation the United States faces in that country, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 44 percent of the public believes things are going well for the United States in Afghanistan, down from 55 percent in March.

According to the poll, 58 percent of Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan, with opposition highest among Democrats.

"Six in ten Republicans support the war, but support drops to 40 percent among Independents and just 20 percent among Democrats," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The survey indicates that, since the start of September, support for the war has dropped nine points among Democrats while remaining steady among Republicans and Independents.

Separately, according to the poll, two-thirds of Americans now favor permitting people who are openly gay or lesbian to serve in the military, with 28 percent opposed.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 21-23, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    The only reason, that we know of, to go into Afghanistan was to find bin laden and bring him back "dead or alive". The shrub's administration then got sidetracked looking for the elusive WMDs, a known lie!
    We need to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans. Their people are tribal and they have their own rules. The taliban is now mostly in Pakistan and we have no business being in that country anymore.
    The shrub turned this war into another Vietnam. Go in then what do we do to get out but we had to. Let's get going.

    September 29, 2010 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  2. southern cousin

    This is really a problem with the credability of the Obama administration. It has none. Americans have no trust in the president. The feeling is he would rather be elected, than do the right thng and in his short time in office he has shown that to be true. He is whiny, thin skinned and seeks to blame anyone and everyone other than himself for problems. Like so many people who voted for him, he accepts no personal responsibility for his actions and shifts the blame to Bush, Fox News and the Republicans.

    September 29, 2010 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    After almost nine years, one does start getting a little impatient with the war where Bush really dropped the ball. Did you notice that republicans are okay with a war that lasts almost nine years, but refuse to give President Obama a year and a half to get out of the Bush/Cheney/republican near depression?

    September 29, 2010 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  4. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Just imagine the effect on our national debt and our deficit if we did not have to commit so much or our resources to Afghanistan. In President Obama's first fiscal year, the deficit is down 8% compared to Bush's last year. I look forward to the day that we will be providing healthcare to the 50 million uninsured Americans (which will lower the deficit according to the CBO) instead of having our soldiers killed and wounded in Bush's forgotten war.

    September 29, 2010 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  5. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    How much of a tax cut could you republicans get if we did not have to pay for a ten year war?

    September 29, 2010 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  6. Orlando Patsy

    If you do not count the killed and wounded, war is good economically.

    September 29, 2010 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  7. Kathy

    It would have been nice if Bush had focused on this war instead of making up reasons to go to Iraq. We have been there 9 years and nothing was done until Obama came into office. Plans for Afghanastan sat on Bush's desk for 9 months until he even made a decision. Just another failed Bush war!

    September 29, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |