Poll Shows Americans Want Troops Out Of Afghanistan

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As the 10 year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan approaches, Americans want to see U.S. troops start coming home, according to the latest CBS poll.

What was accomplished in Afghanistan over the last decade is questionable according those polled--50 percent don't consider the war a success, while only 39 percent do. When split between political parties, a slightly larger number of Republicans (49 percent) think the war was a success versus Republicans that don't (41 percent). A majority of Democrats and independents polled said the war was not a success.

All three political groups were united when asked if the U.S. had stayed in Afghanistan longer than expected; a majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents said the war lasted longer than they thought it would. On the whole, 69 percent said the war was longer than anticipated, while 25 percent said the length was what they expected.

In January 2009, Americans were split on whether troop levels in Afghanistan should be increased, with 36 percent saying no, 34 percent wanting to see an increase, and 28 percent saying troop levels should stay the same. Now, 62 percent of those polled say they want to see troops taken out of Afghanistan; only 7 percent say troop levels should be increased. Twenty-four percent said they would like to see troop levels remain the same.

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