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US: Afghanistan (Rasmussen 12/2-3)


Rasmussen
12/2-3/09; 1,000 likely voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Rasmussen release)

National

Overall, how would you rate President Obama's handling of the situation in Afghanistan?
16% Excellent, 21% Good, 25% Fair, 36% Poor

Do you favor or oppose the President's proposal to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan?
53% Favor, 30% Oppose

Do you favor or oppose the President's commitment to a timetable that would begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in 18 months?
47% Favor, 41% Oppose

Overall, do you favor or oppose President Obama's new plan for the war in Afghanistan?
37% Favor, 38% Oppose

Some people say that we need to send more troops to Afghanistan, others say we need to begin reducing the number of troops we have in Afghanistan. Which approach do you prefer?
50% Send more troops, 35% Reduce number of troops, 5% No change

In terms of U.S. national security, how important is the situation in Afghanistan?
53% Very, 30% Somewhat, 12% Not very, 3% Not at all

Was the War in Afghanistan an appropriate response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks?
67% Yes, 21% No

 

Comments
RussTC3:

+23 favor sending more troops
+6 favor timeline

= -1 His new plan?

I'm sorry, what? lol

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www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1423920217:

Well, Repubs favor sending more troops.
Dems favor a timeline.
And no one likes the combination of it.

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lat:

One consistent strategy I have noticed all year, but particularly in the last 4-5 months is that for some reason David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel need to stop letting Obama hide and or go silent for periods at a time. Obama is by far at his best when he is on the stump and talking to the American People. We have a nasty recession going on at the moment and I don't buy this bullshit that Obama could somehow "over expose" himself. In the 30's FDR couldn't talk enough to the American People and in 36 they rewarded him with a 48 state landslide even though while there was improvement in the economy it certainly was still problematic in many ways. Bottom line let Obama be Obama and stop trying so hard to control the message!

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Stillow:

lat - I totally agree, I want more Obama out there. Lately the more he speaks the lower his approval goes. So I agree, let him loose to go out there and talk and talk and talk...that is what he is good at.

Uhhhh, I'm here to talk, ahhhhh, about, ummmm, jobs. We need to uhhh, get some, ahhhhh, more of them, uhhhh, its what, uhhh we need to do.

Yes, get him out there please.

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shells:

Wao Stillow, the "HATE" in you is so palpable- its scary. I'm an independent voter and kinda new on this forum and i've particularly noticed how excited you get when you project your negativity about Obama. Now, I wonder if i can objectively read your policy commentary here without wondering how much of that is influenced by your personal feelings..., hence taking them with a grain of salt- what a shame because sometimes i think you sound reasonable, but when you get overtaken by this hate, i cannot imagine how that doesnt influence your postings greatly..

If there's onething i've learnt from my brief courting with politics, it is that number one, the political environment is very "fleeting", today you're up tomorrow you're down, its unpredictable, no one knows the answer to anything, there is no crystal ball..AND if you are soo jubiliatory when Obama is down, what happens when he's back up? I'm guessing you'll be quite depressed..AND if for one minute you think that Mr Obama will not bounce back, then you are a joker and there is still no guarantee that even when he bounces back he will not fall like a rock again- who knows what the ups and downs will be at every moment.

So my kind advice to you is to get a handle on your emotions/feelings towards Mr Obama, they are so obvious and if there's onething you can emulate from this guy, it is to always stay on an "even kill".... And by the way, just food for thought, why is Obama's "FALL" not commensurate with a GOP "RISE". I hate to quote Mr Gibbs, but the GOP party approval is just slightly above the national drining age...

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shells:

Wao Stillow, the "HATE" in you is so palpable- its scary. I'm an independent voter and kinda new on this forum and i've particularly noticed how excited you get when you project your negativity about Obama. Now, I wonder if i can objectively read your policy commentary here without wondering how much of that is influenced by your personal feelings..., hence taking them with a grain of salt- what a shame because sometimes i think you sound reasonable, but when you get overtaken by this hate, i cannot imagine how that doesnt influence your postings greatly..

If there's onething i've learnt from my brief courting with politics, it is that number one, the political environment is very "fleeting", today you're up tomorrow you're down, its unpredictable, no one knows the answer to anything, there is no crystal ball..AND if you are soo jubiliatory when Obama is down, what happens when he's back up? I'm guessing you'll be quite depressed..AND if for one minute you think that Mr Obama will not bounce back, then you are a joker and there is still no guarantee that even when he bounces back he will not fall like a rock again- who knows what the ups and downs will be at every moment.

So my kind advice to you is to get a handle on your emotions/feelings towards Mr Obama, they are so obvious and if there's onething you can emulate from this guy, it is to always stay on an "even kill".... And by the way, just food for thought, why is Obama's "FALL" not commensurate with a GOP "RISE". I hate to quote Mr Gibbs, but the GOP party approval is just slightly above the national drinking age...

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Stillow:

Right, your an Indy and I am Santa Clause....if you think that was hate and not simple mockery then you are obviously a liberal...because only a lib is that blindly sensitive.

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shells:

Stillow, On the other posting, you are praying or will i say hoping that the economy and employment numbers get worse- that is not mockery. If i'm a mind reader, I'm guessing you "love" your country, uhmmm, its just that you want the guy running it to fail at the expense of your country... what a shame. As much as i hate half of obama's policy and sometimes dont see how some of them will work, i still secretly hope or dream that a miracle will happen and his policies will succeed, not because i care for him or his aspirations, BUT because i "love" my country. On that note, I hope my country succeeds, i hope the employment numbers go down, regardless of who is in washington- Obama or Palin, my allegiance is intact, where is yours???

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obamalover:

@Stillow

Um conservatives are waaaaaaaaaaay more sensitive. If you point out the simple fact that they are bigots for wanting to deny equal rights to gays, or if you criticize their religious beliefs they'll start crying at the drop of the hat.

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Stillow:

shells

Your a liar....show me which post I have ever wished the economy to be bad? If you cannot post honest comments you should not be here. Hell just yesterday I told Wong I hope he is right and the economy improves from thsi years holiday shopping season.

You are a liar and and should go somewhere like Kos where that kind of crap is accepted.

I'll be waiting for you to post the link where I said anything near what you claim.

I can tolerate liberal nonsense, but not outright liars.........................

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Stillow:

obamalover

Excuse me, but we cannot even say Merry Christmas in school anymore because some liberal nut somewhere will be offended. My kids cannot take reindeer cookies to school cus come liberal parent will be offended. You libs live in a land of hypersenstitive PC nonsense.

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Stillow:

shells

this was posted just yesterday from a liberal I argue with all the time on this site.

"Mark in LA:
Thank you Stillow, for wishing the economy well. It should go without saying that any loyal American would hope for this, but it wasn't that long ago that a conservative commentator on this site actually stated his desires for greater unemployment because it would undermine the President.
In other words, he placed his loyalty to his Party above that of the Country.
You, on the other hand, seem to have your priorities in order."

I have never posted what you cliam and I do not appreciate a bold faced liar being permitted to post here.

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obamalover:

@everyone

I told you. Stillow is now crying.

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Stillow:

obamalover

Don't like being called a liar. i am still waiting for shells to back it up. If you think sticking up for yourself is whining, then your a strange strange person.

Still waiting....................

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obamalover:

@Stillow

I didn't mention christmas. I mentioned gay rights. Hence, you are crying.

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Stillow:

obamalover

If you actaully read anything on this site you'd know I am one of the biggest supporters of gay rights on this site.

Still waiting..............

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obamalover:

@Stillow

and yet you vote for Republicans who want to put hate in the constitution. That is an interesting way to support gay rights.

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Stillow:

If you also read you would not I am not a republican. I am a fiscal conservative and a social libertarian. i voted for Barr in 2008. Last i checked Hillary Clinton, barack Obama, Bill Clinton and a whole slew of other high profile and powerful liberal democrats oppose gays in the military and gay marriage.

Before you slam the GOP, perahps you should clean up your own party huh? Libs control everything right now, I don't see some massive push for gay rights, do you? Again, being a social libertarian I favor equal rights for gays more than most of your liberal representatives.........

Still waiting................

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obamalover:

@Stillow

Obama said he is committed to repealing DOMA and DADT, and has recently added sexual orientation to hate crimes laws. I'll give him more than 10 months to finish the rest.

That is in stark contrast to Bob Barr who authored the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)and voted for banning gay adoption in DC.

Like I said, if you are truly pro gay rights, you have an interesting way of showing it by supporting bigoted politicians.

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keytype123:

Stillow has asked Shells a number of times to prove that what he-Shells stated about him is correct to no response.Obamalover has attacked Stillow without responding to stillow' compalint about Shells.

1.Shells is a liar and should be banned
2.Obamalover aids liars-if he was a true liberal he would seek to promote truth and decry lies no matter where they come from.

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obamalover:

@keytype123

I have no clue what you or Stillow are talking about. I have no idea what Shells said. Maybe you could clue me in.

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Stillow:

obamalover

Again I will make this statement...if you actually read this site you would find that I have stated countless times that I "never:" vote based on social issues. I vote only on fiscal issues. Because being a social libertarian both libs and cons irritate me. On one end of the spectrum I am told who I can or cannot marry and on the other I am told I can or cannot own a firearm....those are just two examples.

You need to read more, I've been on this site for a long time, my record on these matters is clear. You attacked the wrong person unless you wish to attack me on fiscal conservatism vs fiscal liberalism.....then I am game, otherwise your looking silly.

Still waiting shells...................

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Stillow:

obamalover

Oh and by the way, Obama is on RECORD as opposing gay marriage. He stated it numerous times, defended it during the campaign and still opposes it to this day!!

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obamalover:

@Stillow

As for Obama he stated in 1996 he supported gay marriage. And now that he is running for national office he all of the sudden changed his mind? I don't buy that. People say what the need to to get elected.

Anyhow, that aside, he has stated multiple times, beyond the word marriage, he is for full equal rights for gays. Unlike the bigoted Bob Barr who you love.

Furthermore, the only record you have is not caring about the rights of gays, as your wallet selfishly gets priority over them. You may pay lip service to their cause at times, but your actions speak differently. That much is clear.

Human rights is waaaaay more important than money and guns. The fact that you can't see that shows what kind of person that you are.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Oh, the drama you cause, Stillow!

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Aaron_in_TX:

Obama said he supported gay rights. He said he wasn't for redefining marriage.

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Stillow:

Aaron, ya I guess it is drama. Libs are not used to conservatives actually sticking up for themselves....obamalover is a lost cause, he simply doesn't get it. He doesn't understand that if I vote for a social liberal they want to come take my gun away, tell me what I can drive, force me to use certain lightbulbs and windows....if I vote for a social conservative I can't marry whom I want or get an abortion if I want......therefore its a catch 22, both parties wish to deny me rights and personal choice, just the choices they wish to deny me are different. That is above his pay grade to understand I guess.

I admit, it was much more fun debating you on oreilly vs. spngebob.

Still waiting...............

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obamalover:

@ Stillow

Some of the things you are citing are not even true. Democrats are not going to take away your Hummer, and unless you have assault weapons (for reasons that escape me) they are not going to take away your guns. And the light bulbs and windows comment is just silly and doesn't deserve a response. It seems like you don't have a legit excuse for voting for bigots like Barr, so you make crap up to fit your delusions.

Fact of the matter is you said you voted for Bob Barr who is not even really a libertarian, as he is a social conservative. So you can't even keep your story straight.

Anyhow some things should get priority over guns and that is human rights. Saying you'll vote for Bob Barr over Obama because of his position on guns is like saying you'll vote for David Duke even though you don't agree with his position on blacks. Human rights gets priority over everything, otherwise you are just being selfish and complacent.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"oreilly vs. spngebob"

If those two ran for president, Spongebob would win. His favorable rate is no doubt much higher than O'Reilly's.

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Stillow:

Perhaps if spongebob and oreilly run on the same ticket..........

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