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US: Afghanistan (CNN 11/13-15)


CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
11/13-15/09; 1,014 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(CNN release)

National

Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Afghanistan?
45% Favor, 52% Oppose

If Barack Obama decided to send about 34,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, would you favor or oppose that decision?
50% Favor, 49% Oppose

And if Obama decided to send a smaller number of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, would you favor or oppose that decision?
42% Favor, 56% Oppose

In general, how would you say things are going for the U.S. in Afghanistan?
32% Very/Moderately Well, 66% Very/Moderately Badly

Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Iraq?
36% Favor, 62% Oppose

As you may know, the U.S. sent 20,000 combat troops to Iraq in 2007 in what was called a surge. Based on what you have read or heard, do you think that surge of U.S. troops to Iraq has been a success or a failure?
56% Success, 38% Failure

 

Comments
taurus pt145:

Obama hits new LOW on Ras today. America is awake and ready to clean house on Dems and Reps.
God bless our great country.

BTW.....Does anyone remember Obama's promise to invade Pakistan to get OBL. What is he waiting for?

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lat:

Taurus,

And replace them with who? Need I remind you that the election is still a year away.

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taurus pt145:

lat
Glad you ask. Here are you answers.
Conservatives and so what.

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platanoman:

Taurus, are you talking about Rasmussen's own presidential index where they calculate strongly approve and dissaprove? I don't get Rasmussen polling sometimes. But, Obama didn't say we would invade Pakistan.

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taurus pt145:

plat

I'm talking about Ras's regular poll 45/55. I can't help you if you just don't get it.

Obama absolutely said he would go into Pakistan and get OBL. That's called an invasion.

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lat:

Conservatives? Oh, you mean the ones like George W. Bush who started 2 wars, exploded the deficit, expanded Medicare, ran the economy into the ground. Are those the conservatives you speak of?

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lat:

Bu the way Taurus there is nothing conservative about regulating a womans body or telling people who they can and cannot love (last time I checked that is called government interference).

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taurus pt145:

lat

Obama = Bush, we got rid of Bush and now its time to get rid of Obama and all other deficit spending politicians.

Honestly, no one cares who you love, and no one is going to stop you from getting an abortion.

Its time to put your personal anxieties aside and come to the aid of you country. Before it collapses.

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lat:

No one cares who anyone loves and no one is stopping anyone from having an abortion? Really? So all of these groups that spend millions to defeat gay marriage initatives, in additon to bishops and cardinals denying communion to pro-choice catholic politicians (just to name a few) must all be a figment of my imagination?

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platanoman:

There's a difference than taking out ONE person in Pakistan than invading it. There has been tons of drone attacks on Pakistan. Do you consider that an invasion? Oh please

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taurus pt145:

lat

Our country (yours and mine)is facing serious financial issues. Its just seems like a silly waste of time to worry about heathcare, abortions and homos getting married right now when no one else really cares except a handful of libs.

p.s. Gay marriage is the beginning to the end of the human race. Think about it. At least that would solve your abortion worries, no babies no abortions.

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Stillow:

lat

W is no conservative. With the exception of a couple social issues, Bush and Obama are no different. Both enjoy deficits, both love federal spending, both love entitlements, etc, etc. They are no different.

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Wong:

Most polls show conservatives with 34 to 40 percent. Granted those numbers are much larger than Liberals, but still far from a majority. What is telling is the number of respondents who report otherwise. What the dynamics of self reporting tell us is that all manner of conservatives, fiscal and social fall into that 34-40 range. The rest do not identify with conservatism at all nor are they prone to vote that way. The notion that conservatives are going to sweep the 2010 elections is the product of a Beckian delusional mindset. The notion that we are on the verge of collapse as a nation the height of bagger irrationality. One needs look no further than NY23 to see how the bagger conservatives will fare in 2010. And that was in a conservative district.

I wouldn't waste too much time with that nonsense, lat. Anyone one who bases their political forecasting on a Ras poll is a few fries short of a happy meal.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Honestly, no one cares who you love, and no one is going to stop you from getting an abortion."

Yeah that is pretty dense. The majority of republicans and a significant minority of democrats care very much about those things. Probably much more than they care about the deficit.

Seriously, name me a politician who has won an election on the damn deficit. Last I checked, we've run a significant deficit since WWII, except for a few years here and there, and a REALLY big one since Reagan.

You want to eliminate the national debt? Sure, we can do that. The government won't build or maintain any roads, pay for the elderly's health care, help pay your kids' college, track suspects with the FBI, patrol the borders, etc... Good luck with that.

If Bush hadn't cut taxes while starting two wars, we'd be in a lot better shape. Tax cuts aren't deficit neutral, you know? The only way they work out is if there's corresponding growth afterward, and we went the opposite way.

We could cut the damn deficit in half if they'd pull out of both wars and reduce the miltiary budget by 50%. Boom, problem solved. We could have easily paid for health care with the amount that's been spent/will spend on Iraq/Afghanistan.

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Xenobion:

Bush was neoconservative, meaning willing to sacrifice some fiscal concerns for a conservative social agenda.

To delay a local presidential agenda is dumb. Sure we are fighting two wars but you think a president can't push legislation and conduct wartime matters? Just stop kidding yourself and admit you think there is no proper time EVER for healthcare or social rights issues.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Honestly, no one cares who you love, and no one is going to stop you from getting an abortion."

Yeah that is pretty dense. The majority of republicans and a significant minority of democrats care very much about those things. Probably much more than they care about the deficit.

Seriously, name me a politician who has won an election on the damn deficit. Last I checked, we've run a significant deficit since WWII, except for a few years here and there, and a REALLY big one since Reagan.

You want to eliminate the national debt? Sure, we can do that. The government won't build or maintain any roads, pay for the elderly's health care, help pay your kids' college, track suspects with the FBI, patrol the borders, etc... Good luck with that.

If Bush hadn't cut taxes while starting two wars, we'd be in a lot better shape. Tax cuts aren't deficit neutral, you know? The only way they work out is if there's corresponding growth afterward, and we went the opposite way.

We could cut the damn deficit in half if they'd pull out of both wars and reduce the miltiary budget by 50%. Boom, problem solved. We could have easily paid for health care with the amount that's been spent/will spend on Iraq/Afghanistan.

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taurus pt145:

Wong

NY Times yesterday "Obama's deficit unsustainable ." When the kooks at NYT start sounding the alarm its time run fast.

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Stillow:

Aaron

What good is all that you mentioned if the country goes so far into debt to do it that we go bankrupt and our creditors like China come in and take ownership of everything? Hmmmm? You do not sacrifise the future at the expense of the present which is what g'ment does. By the time Obama is done, he and Bush will have racked up an impossible amount of debt, not just to pay off, but just to service the intrest will not be bareable. Our system will collapse under the pressue of the mountind ebt.

Just as with you and me, we can survive with a little debt for a while, but we cannot survive financially carrying mountains of debt for very long.The creditors always come knocking and eventually want payment.


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Xenobion:

We run our deficit at about 12ish % of GDP which is very healthy and we have more than enough room compared to other successful industrialized economies. The only country to go bankrupt since WWII was The Democratic Republic of the Congo. While I'd be warey of the economy and actions towards it people make it out to seem like our positioning is the equivilent to the sky is falling. I don't think people realize how great we got off for a recession of this magnitude.

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taurus pt145:
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Stillow:

X, first, the recession is still upon us and things will get wrose next year after the holiday season fails to save many stores. With new taxes coming down the road to pay for things like ehalth care, the Bush tax cuts expiring, all it will do is take money away for mthe investment class in this country.

With our projected deficits over the next decade our debt is going to hit 20 trillion dollars. You can quote GDP stats all you want, the intrest payment alone on 20 trillion can pay for your universal health care. Its unsustainable. With creditors showin signs of buying less of our debt, it forces us to PRINT the greenbacks which devalues it. Anytime you put more of anything into the system, that thing gets cheaper. This means inflation will hit shortly in a time of high unemployment and stagnant wages..................your theory of the debt and deficits are no big deal is not sustainable.

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taurus pt145:

X, wong and lat

Please fact check the video link I just posted then report back.

I can't believe that SNL is now dumping on Obama, life is good.

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Xenobion:

Actually Bush supported a weak dollar, I mean since he got us here and all, but that doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing. A weak dollar can be a boon for local producers and manufacturers for exports. There is a magic number of about 114 Yen for exports to work well with Japan/US and China is probably the same. If you want strong currency move to the UK where they wiped out all thier industry and became a banking nation.

If you sustain debt at 10-15% of GDP its sustainable because it fluctuates with GDP naturally. That's pretty sustainable to me if its fixed to the economic output of the economy.

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Stillow:

X

Stop going back to Bush.......he and Obama are both idiots. You don't committ financial suicide and say, well that guy started it....geeeez man...we are in serious trouble with our finances and you think the debt is no big deal as it skyrockets to 20 trillion as is projected now.

Ugh

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Xenobion:

I think you need to understand our financial problem as a global problem. Only very few very underdeveloped nations are growing right now (China) while most of our industrialized competitors (Germany, France, Japan, UK) are in the exact same place where we are. My argument is that what Obama is doing is not unique. We've been doing this since WWII and in the same way since the end of the Cold War. Our spending remains 10-15% of GDP since then. That's been our spending policy.

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lat:

OK... HERE IS SOMETHING I AM SOUNDING THE ALARM ON! ATTENTION BOTH PARTIES- DON'T SCREW AROUND WITH THE AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE FED!

I am absolutely appalled at both parties on this. I cannot believe anyone is even considering going down that road. An independent Federal Reserve is paramount to a funcitonal and stable economy over the long term. ANY attempt to disrupt that for political gain is truly mind boggling.

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taurus pt145:

Finally lat and I agree

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Stillow:

X - doubling the debt in 10 years is not normal...tripling hte deficit in one year is not normal. We have a 1.4 trillion dollar annual deficit right now...thats a number that has never before been seen in our deficits...the previous record high does not even come close.....................

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Aaron_in_TX:

Stillow, Reagan had a lot to do with increasing the debt as well. Look at any graph and the early 80s are where it starts to skyrocket.

1/3 of the deficit comes from the Bush years, another 1/3 comes from the revenue shortfall due to the downturn, and 1/3 comes from the bailouts, stimulus and whatever else that happened on Obama's watch. Obama would argue that the bailouts and stimulus were necessary steps due to the situation left by Bush. Clinton was able to reduce the deficit because he cut the military significantly and reduced a few entitlement programs. Conservatives screamed about reducing the army, but frankly, that is the only way to make a significant dent in government expenditures.

Cutting entitlement programs is like cutting your cable bill, but cutting defense is like reducing your rent or cutting the car payment.

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Wong:

Our friends on the right are fixated on the deficit and it is problematic, but far short of disastrous. We are the largest economy in the world with a GDP of over 20 trillion annually.

Republicans don't like to be reminded that the largest increases in the national debt have been under Reagan and GW Bush. Under a democrat, Clinton the budget was balanced for the first time in my living memory(a long, long time).

What is humorous is watching Republican supporters shifting to Ind's when the hypocrisy of their convenient and recent fiscal self- righteousness is pointed out. Where have these baggers been for the last eight years?

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Xenobion:

The general public now understands what a deficit is, that's what's changed.

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