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