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article imageCNN Poll: Support for War in Afghanistan Declines

By Andrew Moran     Aug 6, 2009 in Politics
As Afghanistan is in its eighth year, public opinion is starting to become negative. Some analysts declare the war in Afghanistan as Pres. Obama's war, which is unfortunate for his approval rating.
In a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation telephone survey conducted among 1,136 respondents, 41 per cent say they support the efforts in Afghanistan, while 54 per cent disapprove.
In the month of July, 44 United States soldiers were killed in action. So far in the month of August, 11 have been killed.
Support for the war dropped by 9 points from May and disapproval of Afghanistan went up by 6 points. CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said when the poll was released, “Afghanistan is almost certainly the Obama policy that Republicans like the most. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans support the war in Afghanistan. Three-quarters of Democrats oppose the war.”
Shortly one month after the Pres. Obama’s inauguration, the President approved increasing the number of military personnel in Afghanistan by 30,000. Afghanistan Commander General Stanley McChrystal has called for an increase in American and NATO troops because they are under resourced in the region.
The survey was conducted between July 31 and August 8 and contains a sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points.
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