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article imagePoll: American confidence in war on terror declines

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By Michael Krebs     Dec 6, 2010 in World
According to the latest poll from Rasmussen Reports, just 37 percent of Americans believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror.
Coming just weeks after new security measures from the Transportation Security Administration and the fallout from the disrupted Yemen-based printer cartridge bomb plot, a new poll released by Rasmussen Reports reflects a waning confidence among Americans that the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror.
Only 37 percent of those polled believe the US-led coalition is winning the war - and 32 percent believe the terrorists are winning, representing a pessimism that has not been seen since August 2007.
The war on terror, as it was phrased by President George Bush, was launched in 2001 when the US and UK invaded Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks. It has since spread to Iraq, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Somalia. It is increasingly appearing that the war may be extended to Yemen.
The terrorist organizations that the US is confronting are considerably advanced, and it is proving difficult to cut off their operational funding.
Additionally, the Afghanistan conflict is shaping up to be more dynamic for American military planners. It now appears that the US will not see notable victory until 2014.
All of these factors are feeding American pessimism. According to Rasmussen, only 18 percent of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan will get better in the next six months.
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