Emily Swanson | December 3, 2009
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
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."