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Poll: Most Americans oppose more troops for Afghanistan

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posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 12:17 AM

The survey found that 54 percent of Americans think the U.S. isn't winning the war, while 29 percent think it is winning. Another 17 percent weren't sure or had no opinion.

At the same time, 56 percent oppose sending any more combat troops to Afghanistan, while 35 percent support sending more troops. Another 9 percent had no opinion or weren't sure.

Skepticism runs deep, and cuts across demographic lines. It rises with age, for example, with 45 percent of those who're 18-34 saying the country's not winning, rising to 57 percent of who're 35-54, and hitting 61 percent of those who're 55 and older. One possible reason: Older Americans remember Vietnam.
The belief, or fear, that the U.S. isn't winning also rises with income — 51 percent of those making less than $25,000, 55 percent of those who make between $25,000 and $50,000, and 61 percent of those who make more than $50,000. People living in the Northeast are most likely to think that the war isn't being won; people in the South are the most likely to think it is being won. Even in the South, however, there are more skeptics than there are believers, by a margin of 48 percent to 34 percent.

Blacks were the most optimistic, with 35 percent saying the war is being won and 45 percent saying it isn't being won. Politically, Democrats were the most pessimistic and Republicans were the most optimistic. Again, though, there were more skeptics, even among Republicans, by a margin of 53 percent to 35 percent.

Only one group, Republicans, had a majority supporting the dispatch of more troops. Women oppose sending more troops by the lopsided margin of 60-30, men by 52-40. The biggest opposition to sending more combat troops comes from people who're 18-34 — those most likely to fight — and drops with age. Young adults oppose additional troops by a margin of 61-32; those who're 35-54 oppose it by 54-37; and those who're 55 and

I'm glad people are against bringing in more troops...and that many are against it altogether.

Amazingly...yes...AMAZINGLY...Republicans is the only group in the ENTIRE poll that supports sending more troops with a majority.

The 2010 elections scare the daylights out of me.

You can't stop the freakin debt and deficit from exploding without ending the war....and BOTH parties are flat out ignoring it right now.

In the meantime, soldiers are dying at a record pace and people are losing their jobs and houses back here.

Enough is enough.

posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 12:49 AM


- Crickets -

[edit on 3-9-2009 by mental modulator]

posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 07:12 AM
At least with Bush, More troops meant Victory. ie. The Iraq Surge!

Not with this administration.

"I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur," Obama told ABC News.

I oppose more troops without Victory.

A US President worried about Victory?

posted on Sep, 4 2009 @ 05:41 PM
Well ifother European Countries in Europe were to start pulling thier own weight in Afghanistan, the US would not need to send more troops, seems to me that it is the US, UK, Canada whom are facing the brunt of the action in Afghanistan, while the others are just idiley standing by doing nothing.

posted on Sep, 4 2009 @ 08:26 PM
We need to bring our TROOPS home, not have them scattered all

over the Globe, when will we, have had ENOUGH WAR!!

We the people need to speak up....imo

posted on Sep, 4 2009 @ 08:28 PM
reply to post by RRconservative

At least with Bush, More troops meant Victory. ie. The Iraq Surge!

Come on. How many years did it take for the surge to happen??? By the way....WE ARE STILL THERE!

yeah...let's go back to McCain's campaign rhetoric that won him election as President!

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