Support for U.S. involvement in Afghan war drops sharply
Opinion poll taken before U.S. soldier shot and killed 17 villagers
According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, support for U.S.
involvement in the Afghan War has dropped precipitously. The poll was
taken before the killings this month of 17 Afghan civilians, allegedly
by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. The soldier has been charged by the military
with 17 counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder and six counts
Americans lack a clear idea of why the U.S. is still in Afghanistan. When asked why the U.S. was still there following the death of Osama Bin Laden, 55 percent did not know, up from 43 percent last fall.
The poll also shows that Americans think the war is not going well for the U.S. Sixty-eight percent think it's going badly. Thirty-five percent say the effort is going "very badly." In addition, 59 percent think the war was not a success, versus 27 percent who think it has been.
A plurality of 44 percent thinks that troops should be withdrawn sooner than 2014, when the U.S. is scheduled to withdraw all of its troops and hand over control to Afghan forces. One-third of respondents agree with the 2014 timeline, while 17 percent want to stay.
Still - even more Americans lacked a clear idea of why the U.S. was still in Afghanistan. When asked why the U.S. was still there following the death of Osama Bin Laden, 55 percent did not know, up from 43 percent last fall.
Even among the 29 percent who did know, the responses were varied as to why the U.S. was there. "Fighting terrorism" was the generic answer given by 15 percent overall. Seven percent said to stabilize the country and 5 percent said to prevent the Taliban from taking control.
Just one percent said 9/11 -- the reason the U.S. invaded the country in the first place more than 10 years ago.
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