Poll Shows Americans Want Troops Out Of Afghanistan


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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  • by unknown Location: se spgs on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    o sure, bring em home now after 6,000 have been killed. just like viet-nam (55,000). thats whay i despise this freaking govt. nothing but gutless mf's running it who are ALL money mongers and care less about the PEOPLE. retired us army viet-nam vet 67-68
  • by @Anon on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    I don't think that the role of the US military is to guarantee Afghani education. As America becomes homeless those feel good stories aren't going to be as effective.
  • by Ralph Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    Has the oil pipeline been completed? That would be a success. How about the CIA drug business. Still a success?
  • by Anon on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    Tell the millions of little Afghan girls who are now allowed to go to school that it hasn't been a "success".
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      by Ed on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to Anon
      How touching. And the little boys learned how to play soccer. Yeah, it's been a success alright.
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      by Sue on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to Anon
      How to you spell bankruptcy in Arabic?
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    The American public is wising up. Since the founding of the United Nations, we have been in numerous police actions and "wars" that have had nothing to do with defending the United States of America, but everything to do with the U.N.'s agenda. NATO is an arm of the U.N. Another problem with all of these military actions since WW II is the fact not one has been Constitutionally legal - Congress has not issued a formal declaration of war since December 8th, 1941!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM in reply to Nath
      The freedom thing is over. We fight for our freedoms. We fight for their freedoms. They hate us because of our freedoms. Gullible America.
  • by H on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    The only war we need to be fighting right now is on the border.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to H
      No, that will not be a success either. US sovereignty has to fall in order to bring in world government. How much more proof do you need?
  • by ER on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    If 100% of the people wanted the troops out do you think that would happen? Helping other countries is just a selling point for the real mission. Now that Americans can see proof of their country's demise it's getting harder to justify our constant "helping" of other countries isn't it? When the dollar tanks the troops will be broke, too. Think they'll be brought home before that happens? Don't bet on it.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    It's a "success" like any other successful business.
  • by R on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Who would EVER call a war a "success"? Really? Especially when we are fighting other people's battles and we all know that as soon as we leave, they will go right back to doing what they have done for decades! BRING OUR TROOPS HOME TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN INSTEAD OF MEDDLING IN OTHER COUNTRIES BIZ!
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