January 3rd, 2011
07:58 AM ET

CNN Poll: U.S. opposition to Afghanistan war remains high

More than six in ten Americans oppose the U.S. war in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday also indicates that 56 percent of the public believes that things are going badly for the U.S. in Afghanistan.

Full poll results [pdf]

Sixty-three percent of people questioned in the poll say they oppose the war, with 35 percent saying they support the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

"The war has not always been unpopular – back in March, when a majority thought that the war was going well, the country was evenly divided. But by September, the number who said that things were going well for the U.S. in Afghanistan had dropped to 44 percent, and opposition to the war had grown to 58 percent," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Today, with Americans remaining pessimistic about the situation in Afghanistan, they also remain opposed to the war."

The survey indicates a partisan divide, with three-quarters of Democrats and more then six in ten independent voters opposed to the war, and Republicans supporting it by a 52 to 44 percent margin. A minority of Democrats and independents say the war is going well, with a majority of Republicans saying things are going well for the U.S.

This year the U.S. and its coalition partners ramped up the fight against Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Late last year, President Barack Obama ordered additional U.S. troops to the country as part of a strategy that could bring some forces home as soon as July 2011. Officials have said the goal is to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 17-19, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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  1. Dom

    the longer we oppose what the government does, it seems like the longer they will go against what we want. Go to Pakistan, kill Bin Laden...pack up and call it a day, then bring the troops back to make sure a war in Mexico doesn't spill over to us

    January 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      I have a better idea. Why don't we just rightfully and wisely vacate Afghnistan altogether as we are morally obligated to do???

      January 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        That I agree with,Bledsoe. Thank you.

        January 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Sure kill a lot of innocent People... That sure would make Us look bad don't You think???

        January 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • gatka2010


        January 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We took the troops out of there once before the war was over and We got 9/11!!! We can't afford to let that happen again...

      January 4, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kolawole Ajao

    The nine-year-old-almost-inconquerable war in Afghanistan truly appears to have lost its lustre, perhaps not because there are not enough troops but because strategies are just not working. I don't know...I don't know... .

    January 3, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I do know. First,we have no right to send any troops there and those who think that we do are ignorant of the Afghan people. Second,the Afghans do not want foreign rule and never did! Nobody with any moral principles would favor this obscene war!!!

      January 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Very well stated,John. Thank you.

        January 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rick S

        I feel that we do belong there "REMEMBER WHERE 9/11 WAS LAUNCHED FROM" the Taliban gave refuge to Bin Laden and his followers and by doing so invited us there to sqaush stat sponsered terrorism. So just think of those 3000 plus Americans that died on 9/11/2001 then tell them that we don't belong there and should never have been.

        January 4, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Ryan

        Fair point. However, we are not ruling them. Its not like we are there to stay. We are developing them to prosper, to create structure, so that they can hold responsibility what occurs in their nation. It really is for the better. Thinking otherwise is the true ignorance and goes to show it is luxury for those which are on the sidelines.

        January 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        First of all Rachael,I'm John,not Achmed,and we should never engage in aggressive wars. That kind of policy ignited WW2. We need to get the Taliban and the Karzai regime together and find a peaceful solution instead of all this needless killing which is only bringing misery to the Afghans.

        January 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cullen

        remember 9/11

        January 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • gway

        seems you forgot about 911 you sir are ignorant the terrorist are all over the middle east and the only reason you think the afghans dont want it is because they are intimidated into saying that use your damn head

        January 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lisa Mitchell


        January 16, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
      • SgtPickUSMC

        A peaceful solution? You can't talk peace or call a jihadist to any meeting because they will kill you. The Taliban has declared Jihad on anyone who doesn't believe in their religion. They would kill you to secure a place in heaven or hold you for ransom or chop your head off in front of a camera. Damn you are ignorant. Do you always go on blogs you know nothing about and stumble into conversations with no practice knowledge of the topics? LOL

        June 5, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If Bush would have done what Obama is doing now... We would have been out a long time ago!!! Obama had to start all over again there to get where He is today... We have really only been fighting it for 2 years!!!

      January 4, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Define failure. I think its a success, even if we leave now. We can do more damage to them in the dark with our troops out. The war will never end... its just that we the people will not know it is happening.

      January 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • glenn


      January 7, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Sameer

        we buy Oil from them that makes revenue for haliburton. Why fight them?

        January 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |