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Americans split on sending more troops to Afghanistan: CNN poll

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CNN POLL RELEASED TUESDAY MORNING

Interviews with 1,014 adult Americans, including 928 registered voters, conducted by telephone by Opinion Research Corporation on November 13-15, 2009. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points and for registered voters is plus or minus 3 percentage points.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

21. Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Afghanistan?

Nov. 13-15 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
2009 2009

Favor 45% 40%
Oppose 52% 58%
No opinion 3% 2%

Oct. 16-18 Sept. 11-13 Aug. 28-31 July 31-Aug. 3 May 14-17 Apr. 3-5 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Favor 41% 39% 42% 41% 50% 53%
Oppose 57% 58% 57% 54% 48% 46%
No opinion 2% 3% 2% 5% 3% 1%

Feb. 18-19 Dec. 1-2 July 27-29 Jan. 19-21 Sept. 22-24
2009 2008 2008 2007 2006

Favor 47% 52% 46% 44% 50%
Oppose 51% 46% 52% 52% 48%
No opinion 2% 2% 2% 4% 2%

22. If Barack Obama decided to send about 34,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, would you favor or oppose that decision?

Nov. 13-15
2009

Favor 50%
Oppose 49%
No opinion 1%


23. And if Obama decided to send a smaller number of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, would you favor or oppose that decision?

Nov. 13-15
2009

Favor 42%
Oppose 56%
No opinion 2%


24. In general, how would you say things are going for the U.S. in Afghanistan - very well, moderately well, moderately badly, or very badly?

Nov. 13-15 May 14-17 Mar. 9-11
2009 2009 2007

Very well 2% 3% 5%
Moderately well 30% 33% 35%
Moderately badly 42% 44% 34%
Very badly 24% 17% 21%
No opinion 2% 3% 4%

25. Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war in Iraq?

Favor Oppose No Opinion

November 13-15, 2009 36% 62% 2%

June 26-28, 2009 34% 64% 2%
May 14-17, 2009 34% 65% 1%
April 3-5, 2009 35% 63% 1%
Feb. 18-19, 2009 31% 67% 2%
Dec. 1-2, 2008 36% 63% 1%
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008 33% 64% 3%
October 17-19, 2008 32% 66% 1%
October 3-5, 2008 34% 65% *
September 5-7, 2008 37% 61% 2%
Aug. 29-31, 2008 35% 64% 1%
Aug. 23-24, 2008 33% 66% 1%
July 27-29, 2008 33% 66% 1%
June 26-29, 2008 30% 68% 2%
June 4-5, 2008 30% 68% 1%
April 28-30, 2008 30% 68% 3%
Mar. 14-16, 2008 32% 66% 2%
Feb. 1-3, 2008 34% 64% 2%
Jan. 14-17, 2008 34% 63% 3%
Jan. 9-10, 2008 33% 65% 3%
Dec. 6-9, 2007 31% 68% 1%
Nov. 2-4, 2007 31% 68% 1%
Oct. 12-14, 2007 34% 65% 2%
September 7-9, 2007 34% 63% 4%
August 6-8, 2007 33% 64% 3%
June 23-24, 2007 30% 67% 3%
May 4-6, 2007 34% 65% 1%
April 10-12, 2007 32% 66% 2%
March 9-11, 2007 32% 63% 4%
January 11, 2007 31% 67% 2%
December 15-17, 2006 31% 67% 2%
November 17-19, 2006 33% 63% 4%
November 3-5, 2006 33% 61% 6%
October 27-29, 2006 38% 59% 3%
October 20-22, 2006 34% 64% 3%
October 13-15, 2006 34% 64% 2%
October 6-8, 2006 32% 62% 7%
Sep. 29-October 2, 2006 38% 61% 1%
September 23-24, 2006 40% 59% 1%
August 30-Sep. 2, 2006 39% 58% 2%
August 18-20, 2006 35% 61% 3%
August 2-3, 2006 36% 60% 3%
June 14-15, 2006 38% 54% 8%

(CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP TRENDS ON FOLLOWING PAGE)

CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP TRENDS


Favor
Oppose
No opinion




2006 Feb 9-12 *
40
56
4
2005 Jun 16-19
39
59
2
2005 Mar 18-20*
47
47
6
2004 Nov 19-21*
48
46
6
2003 Oct 24-26
54
43
3
2003 Apr 22-23
71
26
3
2003 Apr 10
72
22
6
2003 Apr 7-8
68
28
4
2003 Apr 5-6
70
27
3
2003 Mar 29-30
70
27
3
2003 Mar 24-25
71
27
2
2003 Mar 22-23
72
25
3





Would you favor or oppose invading Iraq with U.S. ground troops in an attempt to remove Saddam Hussein from power?

Favor Oppose No opinion

2003 Mar 14-15* 64 33 3
2003 Mar 3-5 59 37 4
2003 Feb 24-26 59 37 4
2003 Feb 17-19 59 38 3
2003Feb 7-9 63 34 3
2003 Jan 31-Feb 2 58 38 4
2003 Jan 23-24 52 43 5
2003 Jan 10-12 56 38 6
2003 Jan 3-5* 56 39 5
2002 Dec. 19-22* 53 38 9
2002 Dec 16-17* 58 35 7
2002 Dec 9-10 55 39 6
2002 Nov 23-24 58 37 5
2002 Nov 8-10 59 35 6
2002 Oct 21-22 54 40 6
2002 Oct 14-17* 56 37 7
2002 Oct 3-6 53 40 7
2002 Sept 20-22* 57 38 5


Would you favor or oppose sending American ground troops to the Persian Gulf in an attempt to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq?

2002 Sept 13-16 57 39 4
2002 Sept 5-8* 58 36 6
2002 Sept 2-4 58 36 6
2002 Aug 19-21 53 41 6
2002 June 17-19* 61 31 8

Would you favor or oppose sending American troops back to the Persian Gulf in order to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq?

2001 Nov 26-27 74 20 6
2001 Feb 19-21 52 42 6
1993 June 29-30 70 27 3
1992 Mar 30-Apr 5 55 40

26. As you may know, the U.S. sent 20,000 combat troops to Iraq in 2007 in what was called a surge. Based on what you have read or heard, do you think that surge of U.S. troops to Iraq has been a success or a failure?

Nov. 13-15 July 27-29
2009 2008*

Success 56% 52%
Failure 38% 41%
Mixed/Depends (vol.) 4% 5%
No opinion 2% 3%

* Asked of half-sample.

1 Comment

I am sure that more troops to my country will never help. I am sure that my Afghan brothers will send you more bodies. maybe you are happy for your son to be killed in my country. we love our brothers and sons, we will never send them to other countries to be killed.
I don't know why you are fighting Afghans in both Afghanistan and Pakistan? what is your problem with us?
we don't have oil and never send our people to your country to kill you.
If you are looking for Osama,find him and kill him. He is Arab from Saudi Arabia. His family live in Saudi Arabia.
Why you don't send your troops to Saudi Arabia? why you killing my people? Go and kill Osama's family in Saudi Arabia.
I think you American don't know the Geography. Ask some European to show you Saudi Arabia.
if you American really want peace, than try to remove Pakistan and Saudi Arabia from world Map. the bad people get their education only from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

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