New poll shows boost for Afghan war strategy

April 22, 2010

A new national poll by Quinnipiac University shows that the Obama administration’s new strategy in Afghanistan is gaining some favor among voters.

AFGHANISTANConducted April 14-19, the poll of American voters found that 49 percent of the respondents approved of the way President Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan versus 39 percent who disagreed.

In another bit of good news for the White House, 56 percent of voters polled agreed that the United States was doing the “right thing” fighting in Afghanistan against 36 percent who did not.

Asked whether eliminating the threat of  militants operating from Afghanistan was a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for, 61 percent of voters said it was while 31 percent said it was not.

The latest survey must be welcome since poll after poll last year showed the eight-year war was becoming increasingly unpopular among voters.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,930 registered voters nationwide. It has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.2 percentage points.

Photo credit: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih ( A man rides a motorcycle past a U.S. Marine from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines near Marjah District)

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It’s amazing that anyone sees the slightest virtue in the ongoing U.S. invasions and warfare in any part of the Middle East. Absolutely amazing.

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive

The reason, HBC, is because the pacifist and anti-war lobby are a vocal minority.

It has always been the case. And it has been repeated often enough.

Look at the polls. Look at the lack of popular protest in the street. And accept it.

Posted by Anon86 | Report as abusive