Afghanistan: A Long War – and No Longer a Popular One

Jun 7, 2010 6:30pm

On the day the war in Afghanistan became America’s longest, public discontent with the conflict inched to a new high in ABC News/Washington Post polling.
Considering its costs vs. its benefits, 53 percent of Americans say the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting – not significantly different from before, but numerically a high. Forty-four percent say the war has been worth it, matching the low since we started asking this question in 2007.


Support for the war is down from 56 percent shortly after President Obama announced his Afghanistan policy in March 2009, and down from vast approval – as high as 94 percent – at its start in fall 2001.

The public, at the same time, divides nearly evenly on whether the United States is winning or losing the war in Afghanistan, 42 percent to 39 percent.


As in the past, there are strong partisan and ideological divisions in these views; for example, 62 percent of Republicans say the war has been worth fighting, dropping to 44 percent of independents and just a third of Democrats. And not surprisingly, people who think the United States is winning the war are far more likely also to say it’s been worth fighting.


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