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US: Afghanistan (Gallup 12/2)


USA Today / Gallup
12/2/09; 1,005 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(USA Today article, Gallup release)

National

As you may know, President Obama has decided to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 30,000 while also setting a timetable that calls for the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from that country in 2011. In general, do you favor or oppose the plan?
51% Favor, 40% Oppose

What is your view of sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan -- do you think that number is too high, about right, or too low?
36% Too high, 18% Too low, 38% About right

Which comes closest to your view about setting a timetable for beginning to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2011?
21% Agree with timetable
26% Should start withdrawing troops sooner
46% Too soon to set a timetable

USA Today:

By 51%-40%, those surveyed say they favor the plan Obama outlined. On specific elements, however, there is little consensus:

• Thirty-eight percent call the decision to deploy 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan "about the right number." Nearly as many, 36%, say that is too many additional troops, and 18% say it's too few.

• Just one in five agree with the timetable to begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011. Nearly half, 46%, say it's too soon to set a timetable, and one in four say troops should begin coming home before then.

An overwhelming majority worry that the costs of the war will make it more difficult to deal with problems closer to home. By nearly 3-1, 73%-26%, those surveyed say they are worried about that. A third describe themselves as "very worried."

 

Comments
sjt22:

Now we're worried about the costs of war?

Oh well, better late then never I suppose.

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Stillow:

Don't worry, only another 18 months since Obama declared our withdraw date for July 2011. The little talibanees are planning there surge now for probably around August 2011....

This guy makes Jimmy Carter looks like Winston Churchil.

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Thaddeus:

Maybe in preparation the Afgans that don't like the Taliban will use the 18 months wisely, instead of figuring we'll be there forever, like Germany or Korea

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Wong:

And Jimmy Carter looks like Napoleon Bonaparte compared to George W. Bush.

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