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Poll: Do/Don’t Send More Afghan Troops

From CNN:

Poll: Opinion split with Obama’s wait on Afghanistan decision

November 11, 2009

Washington (CNN) — Americans are split over whether President Obama is taking too long to decide whether to send more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey also indicates that, by a narrow margin, Americans think that the president should listen to the recommendations of the generals in charge of U.S. troops in Afghanistan

According to the survey, 49 percent of people questioned say the president is taking too long to decide whether to increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan; 50 percent do not.

"There is a gender gap on this question, with most men saying Obama is taking too long and most women willing to give him more time," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "That’s due in part to the partisan differences between men and women, but gender differences on the use of military force, and maybe even differences in how the genders make important decisions, can also be contributing to the split."

The poll indicates that 52 percent think Obama should listen to the generals, with 48 percent saying the president should take other matters into account as well. But a troop buildup remains unpopular, with a separate question indicating that a majority opposes sending more troops

Though the public is divided down the middle over whether Obama is taking too long to make the decision on troops, the poll suggests that there is widespread agreement that Afghanistan will never have a stable democratic government.

Only one in 10 people questioned said that will occur within a year; only one-third said that will ever happen. That may be one big reason why 56 percent of Americans oppose sending more troops, while 42 percent favor increasing troop strength.

According to the poll, four in 10 support the war in Afghanistan, with 58 percent opposing the conflict..

So let’s review.

52% of those polled think Mr. Obama should do what his generals in the field request – which means sending more troops.

Meanwhile, 56% oppose sending more troops.

Maybe this is another ‘gender’ thing.

Or maybe it indicates the problem with governing by polls.

Or, taking any of them seriously.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Poll: Do/Don’t Send More Afghan Troops”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I say, “Suit up and lead by example,Barry.”

    You fence sitting, thumb sucking, do nothing, hemorrhoid on a grunts @$$.

    Special “Thank You” to all of the S & L Veterans out there. Without your selfless dedication to our nation, S & L would never be!

    Special Special “Thanks” to the families of our Warriors. You all are the backbone and staying grace!!
    Semper Fidelis

  2. Right of the People says:

    Either we should send enough troops to really get the job done or pull them all out. I know the arguments that it is a staging/training ground for the tangos but this half-assed way of fighting is just getting good men and women killed. This is not like Iraq where we deposed of a dictator and installed a democracy, there is no changing this place. They live in the stone age and are happy for it to remain that way.

    LD, I’m with you, God bless all of our men and women in uniform. Served my time and proud to have done it but I’m glad it was during Vietnam not this mess. Things were much simpler then.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    More troops = not the answer.

    The Answer is 1, 2, 3

    1. Take the effing handcuffs off the troops who’re there! Get rid of the PC-Rules Of Engagement and let slip the dogs of war. March through Afghanistan like the Russian Red Army advancing on Berlin. Like Sherman through Atlanta. For God’s Sake war is about VICTORY. Not about molly-coddling a newspaper editor’s feelings!

    2. Set loose DARPA, and their genetically tailored micro-herbicide that specifically and uniquely eliminates papaver somniferum, the heroin poppy at the root of all Afghanistan’s evil, and 7/10 of the world’s funding for Islamic terror (and more than a little of the funding of the Democratic Party). End the poppy and Afghanistan ceases to be a problem, end of story. It can be over this time next week.

    3. Make it known to Pakistan they can receive the same treatment.

    It’s so simple.


  4. proreason says:

    With the Moron in the White House, there is no answer.

    No matter what he “decides”, that war is lost until we get somebody who wants to win it and rid the world of terrorists.

    And a lot of heros will die while he maneuvers to become president of the world.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Great day here today in NYC. Lot’s of Vets in from WW2 to Iraqi Freedom & Afghanistan. You couldn’t walk down the street & we got lot’s of em without bumpin’ into a service man or woman. Man, if there’s one thing New Yorkers love is a parade. And I just can’t understand why they’re so happy to say thanks to a vet, shake his hand, buy her a drink, or a steak dinner & be so liberal. There’s some kind of disconnect there. Maybe they’re not so liberal after all. They sure as Hell weren’t on 9/12/01.

    God Bless Those Who Serve & May He Have Mercy On The Rest of Us!

  6. Chuckk says:

    I thought Afghanistan was the “right war.” If so, shouldn’t it be fought vigorously? Apparently not.

    Break out the public opinion polls. We have a leader who can not lead.

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    “I will listen to my commanders on the ground!”, so said campaigning o-blah-blah.

    Oh yeah .. that was before “I won”.

  8. Rip Cord says:

    The moment this turd was elected, we lost the War on Global Terrorism and began a new war on the US economy and freedom. That’s what communism and marxism is all about!

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