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US: National Survey (AP-GfK 10/1-5)


AP-GfK
10/1-5/09; 1,003 adults, 3.1% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(AP release)

National

State of the Country
41% Right Direction, 51% Wrong Track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
56% Approve, 39% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 50 / 44 (chart)
Health Care: 48 / 47 (chart)

Congress Job Approval
33% Approve, 64% Disapprove (chart)

Do you favor or oppose the war in Iraq?
33% Favor, 64% Oppose

Do you favor or oppose the war in Afghanistan?
40% Favor, 57% Oppose

If you had to choose, which should be the primary focus of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan?
49% Stabilizing the country, so that terrorists can't use the country as a haven over the longer term,
45% Identifying and eliminating existing terrorist threats, worrying about longer-term stability later

Would you favor or oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan?
46% Favor, 50% Oppose

Party ID
33% Democrat, 21% Republican, 26% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Cyril Washbrook:

I'm not sure the Afghanistan question is the most intelligent dichotomy. You could make a perfectly valid argument which says that eliminating existing terrorist threats is crucial to stabilising the country and hence preventing future threats.

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