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OBAMA GETS SURGE IN AFGHAN WAR APPROVAL,
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS;
BUT ONLY 26% OF U.S. VOTERS SAY HE DESERVES NOBEL PRIZE

Public support for the war in Afghanistan is up nine percentage points in the last three weeks, as American voters say 57 - 35 percent that fighting the war is the right thing to do. Approval of President Barack Obama's handling of the war is up seven points in the same period, from a 38 - 49 percent negative November 18 to a 45 - 45 percent split, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
American voters approve 58 - 37 percent of President Obama's decision to send 30,000 more combat troops to the war-torn nation, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-per-ack) University poll finds. And voters approve 60 - 32 percent of the President's plan to begin withdrawing combat troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. But by a 45 - 40 percent margin, Americans do not believe he will be able to keep that promise.
The jump in public support for Obama's war policy comes as voters say 66 - 26 percent he does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize he will be awarded this week, and 41 percent say the Nobel committee's choice of Obama for the award causes them to think less of it, while 6 percent say it makes them think better of the prize and 49 percent say it makes no difference.
"President Barack Obama's nationally televised speech explaining his policy and troop buildup has worked, at least in the short term, in bolstering support for the war effort and his decisions," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "History teaches that the bully pulpit can be a powerful tool for a president who knows how to use it, especially when it comes to foreign policy. The American people tend to rally around their presidents in military matters, at least for a while. It took some time for similar type speeches about Vietnam and Iraq by Presidents Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush respectively to lose their ability to rally support."
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Quinnipiac University Poll/December 8, 2009 - page 2
"It's probably a good thing for President Obama that the time difference from Norway means the Nobel presentation will occur while most Americans are sleeping and might get less coverage in the United States," Brown added. "Two out of three Americans don't think he deserves it compared to the quarter who do. Even among Democrats, only 49 percent think he deserves it, compared to 8 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of independent voters. As is the case with many questions related to the President there are wide gender and racial gaps."
Among women, 31 percent think Obama deserves the award, compared to only 19 percent of men. Seventy-three percent of blacks, 29 percent of Hispanics and 18 percent of whites think so.
In a November 18 Quinnipiac University survey, American voters said 48 - 41 percent that fighting in Afghanistan was the right thing to do. Since then Democrats have moved from 58 - 31 percent against the war to a 47 - 46 percent split. Republican support inched up from 68 - 22 percent to 71 - 21 percent and independent backing is up from 51 - 39 percent to 58 - 34 percent.
"The dichotomy between the almost two-to-one support for setting a July 2011 date for beginning withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and the doubt that Obama will be able to deliver on the promise reflects a skeptical public about America's ability to triumph there," Brown said.
"Similarly, American voters say 64 - 30 percent that eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for, but those same voters say 52 - 38 percent they don't think the United States will be successful in eliminating the terrorist threat from Afghanistan."
From December 1 - 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,313 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.


6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 46% 21% 73% 42% 44% 49% 40% 79% 62%
Disapprove 45 70 17 51 48 42 50 17 35
DK/NA 9 9 9 7 8 9 9 4 3

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 54% 45% 44% 48% 44% 48% 74% 56% 23%
Disapprove 40 48 46 42 49 48 19 37 69
DK/NA 7 7 11 10 7 3 7 7 8

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Approve 44% 52% 25% 35% 42% 50% 42%
Disapprove 46 44 65 56 49 47 50
DK/NA 10 5 10 9 9 3 8

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?

APPROVE.......
High Low
Dec 8 Nov 18 Oct 7 Aug 6 July 2 Apr 29 Dec 8
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

Approve 46 49 49 52 55 57 46
Disapprove 45 42 37 38 35 32 45
DK/NA 9 8 13 10 9 11 9


8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 45% 36% 55% 43% 47% 42% 43% 60% 45%
Disapprove 45 54 34 47 44 46 46 33 45
DK/NA 11 10 10 10 10 11 11 7 10

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 46% 46% 42% 44% 44% 47% 54% 50% 35%
Disapprove 45 45 45 46 47 44 37 40 55
DK/NA 9 9 13 10 10 9 9 10 10

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Approve 43% 49% 39% 42% 46% 55% 44%
Disapprove 46 42 50 45 45 40 46
DK/NA 11 9 10 13 9 5 10


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TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?

Dec 8 Nov 18 Oct 7
2009 2009 2009

Approve 45 38 42
Disapprove 45 49 40
DK/NA 11 12 17


17. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Right thing 57% 71% 47% 58% 66% 49% 62% 42% 38%
Shouldn't be inv 35 21 46 34 29 41 31 50 54
DK/NA 8 7 6 8 5 10 7 8 8

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Right thing 52% 62% 54% 55% 62% 63% 46% 56% 66%
Shouldn't be inv 41 32 36 39 31 31 47 37 28
DK/NA 6 6 10 6 7 7 7 7 6

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Right thing 55% 62% 70% 66% 61% 64% 64%
Shouldn't be inv 37 30 25 27 34 29 31
DK/NA 7 8 6 8 6 7 6

TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?

Dec 8 Nov 18 Oct 7
2009 2009 2009

Right thing 57 48 52
Shouldn't be inv 35 41 37
DK/NA 8 11 11


18. Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 64% 79% 56% 62% 73% 56% 68% 50% 44%
No 30 15 38 32 24 36 26 42 55
DK/NA 6 6 6 6 4 9 6 8 1

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 60% 71% 59% 58% 72% 73% 53% 63% 73%
No 36 25 32 36 22 24 40 31 23
DK/NA 4 4 10 6 6 4 7 6 5

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Yes 62% 70% 76% 71% 67% 71% 70%
No 32 25 20 23 28 19 26
DK/NA 7 5 5 6 4 11 4

TREND: Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?

Dec 8 Nov 18 Oct 7
2009 2009 2009

Yes 64 65 65
No 30 29 28
DK/NA 6 7 7


19. Do you think the United States will be successful in eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan or not?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 38% 46% 39% 33% 40% 35% 38% 44% 27%
No 52 39 52 58 51 52 51 45 64
DK/NA 11 16 9 9 8 13 11 10 9

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 41% 39% 34% 39% 38% 41% 27% 39% 43%
No 53 52 50 51 53 50 65 52 45
DK/NA 6 9 16 11 8 9 9 9 13

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Yes 38% 37% 44% 38% 41% 36% 39%
No 51 53 44 49 50 58 51
DK/NA 11 11 12 13 10 6 11


TREND: Do you think the United States will be successful in eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan or not?

Dec 8 Nov 18 Oct 7
2009 2009 2009

Yes 38 36 38
No 52 53 49
DK/NA 11 11 13


20. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 58% 70% 50% 57% 65% 50% 61% 48% 33%
Disapprove 37 26 43 37 29 43 33 47 63
DK/NA 6 5 6 6 5 6 6 6 5

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 53% 60% 58% 53% 65% 62% 48% 56% 66%
Disapprove 43 35 35 41 31 32 47 39 28
DK/NA 4 5 7 6 4 5 5 5 5

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Approve 55% 64% 67% 64% 64% 64% 63%
Disapprove 39 30 28 30 31 26 31
DK/NA 6 6 5 6 5 10 6


21. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Approve 60% 36% 82% 56% 55% 65% 55% 85% 67%
Disapprove 32 57 12 35 38 26 37 8 22
DK/NA 8 6 6 9 7 9 8 7 11

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Approve 69% 57% 58% 68% 51% 52% 82% 66% 43%
Disapprove 24 37 33 27 38 41 11 27 49
DK/NA 8 6 9 5 11 7 7 7 8

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Approve 62% 55% 45% 50% 59% 63% 54%
Disapprove 29 40 47 41 34 23 38
DK/NA 9 6 8 9 7 14 8

22. Do you think President Obama will or will not begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Will 40% 33% 57% 32% 38% 43% 38% 63% 41%
Will not 45 51 31 53 48 42 48 25 46
DK/NA 14 15 11 15 14 15 14 12 13

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Will 46% 37% 40% 43% 38% 37% 50% 45% 33%
Will not 43 53 39 44 50 51 35 44 53
DK/NA 11 10 22 14 13 12 15 11 15

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Will 40% 42% 36% 34% 41% 46% 36%
Will not 45 46 50 52 48 44 50
DK/NA 15 12 14 14 11 10 14


23. How much longer would you be willing to have large numbers of U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan - less than a year, one to two years, two to five years, five to ten years, or as long as it takes?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Less than 1 year 27% 13% 35% 30% 23% 32% 25% 31% 46%
1 to 2 years 22 15 30 21 20 25 21 35 16
2 to 5 years 14 17 13 14 18 10 16 6 8
5 to 10 years 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 - 3
Long as it takes 31 48 19 30 36 27 33 24 23
DK/NA 4 6 3 3 2 6 4 5 3

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Less than 1 year 32% 26% 27% 32% 23% 21% 39% 29% 18%
1 to 2 years 23 22 22 22 23 20 31 26 14
2 to 5 years 13 15 14 13 16 16 10 16 15
5 to 10 years 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2
Long as it takes 30 33 30 29 33 37 16 25 46
DK/NA 1 2 7 3 4 3 2 3 5

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Less than 1 year 29% 22% 20% 20% 28% 19% 24%
1 to 2 years 21 26 17 19 23 32 21
2 to 5 years 13 16 19 16 16 14 14
5 to 10 years 1 1 2 1 1 5 2
Long as it takes 31 32 39 39 29 29 34
DK/NA 4 3 4 5 3 - 5

TREND: How much longer would you be willing to have large numbers of U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan - less than a year, one to two years, two to five years, five to ten years, or as long as it takes?

Dec 8 Nov 18 Oct 7
2009 2009 2009

Less than 1 year 27 31 28
1 to 2 years 22 24 21
2 to 5 years 14 12 14
5 to 10 years 1 2 2
Long as it takes 31 27 30
DK/NA 4 5 6


24. Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam War, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Same as Vietnam 32% 28% 27% 38% 33% 31% 33% 23% 35%
Will avoid that 57 57 66 51 59 55 57 65 56
DK/NA 11 15 7 11 8 14 10 12 9

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Same as Vietnam 30% 31% 36% 33% 33% 26% 36% 32% 31%
Will avoid that 58 62 52 56 58 68 57 60 57
DK/NA 12 7 13 11 9 6 7 8 13

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Same as Vietnam 34% 26% 32% 31% 32% 26% 35%
Will avoid that 54 67 55 57 61 65 56
DK/NA 12 7 13 11 7 9 10

TREND: Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam war, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?

Dec 8 Nov 18 Oct 7
2009 2009 2009

Same as Vietnam 32 35 32
Will avoid that 57 51 56
DK/NA 11 13 12

25. Do you think that President Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peace prize or not?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Yes 26% 8% 49% 19% 19% 31% 18% 73% 29%
No 66 87 41 73 72 61 73 17 62
DK/NA 9 5 11 8 9 8 8 9 8

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Yes 29% 22% 26% 29% 20% 22% 40% 31% 12%
No 64 70 62 62 72 74 48 61 82
DK/NA 7 8 12 10 8 4 12 8 6

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Yes 26% 24% 11% 15% 20% 21% 23%
No 65 70 83 77 73 74 67
DK/NA 10 6 6 8 7 4 10


26. Does the Nobel committee's awarding of the peace prize to President Obama make you think more of the peace prize, less of the peace prize or not affect your view of it?

Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk His

Think more of 6% 3% 11% 2% 4% 7% 3% 31% 2%
Think less of 41 66 17 46 47 36 48 7 34
Not affect view 49 29 68 48 46 52 47 57 59
DK/NA 3 1 4 5 2 4 2 5 5

AGE IN YRS....... INCOME............. POL PHIL.........
18-34 35-54 55+ <50 50-100 >100K Lib Mod Con

Think more of 6% 4% 8% 7% 2% 3% 6% 5% 5%
Think less of 36 42 44 38 46 46 19 35 62
Not affect view 55 52 44 51 49 49 73 57 30
DK/NA 3 2 5 3 2 2 2 3 3

WHITE.............
NoColl Coll BrnAgn Military
Degree Degree Evngl Prot Cath Jew Households

Think more of 6% 5% 2% 3% 2% 4% 6%
Think less of 40 45 62 54 47 40 45
Not affect view 50 49 34 41 48 54 47
DK/NA 4 1 2 3 2 1 3

2 Comments

DO YOU THINK THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID HEY VOTE FOR ME, HE DIDN'T SEEK THIS AWARD, HE WON THE AWARD BECAUSE HE IS 360 DEGREES DIFFERENT THAN OUR FORMER PRESIDENT, AND HE THINKS BEFORE HE ACTS, HE HAS A HUGE HEART AND THE WORLD SEES THIS, EVEN IF SOME ON AMERICAN SOIL REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS, THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY ARE AMERICANS TRUE AND TRUE, WHEN IS THE LAST TIME WE HAD A PRESIDENT THAT PAID OFF HIS STUDENT LOANS, THAT IS A DIFFERENT FLAVOR RIGHT THERE!
YOU CAN CALL HIM A WAR PRESIDENT IF YOU WANT TO, BUT HE IS GOING TO CLEAN UP SOMEONE ELSE'S MESS ONCE AGAIN, AND GET THE HECK OF THERE, HE HAS AN EXIT STRATEGY, HE GIVES A DARN ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND THEIR FAMILIES, THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IS A WAKE UP CALL TO ALL THAT DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS PRESIDENT ISN'T DOING A GREAT JOB OF CLEANING UP THE FORMER PRESIDENT'S MESS, JUST THINK IF HE COULD HAVE COME TO THE OVAL OFFICE AND JUST DEAL WITH ISSUE'S HE WANTS TO DEAL WITH, AND NOT BUSH'S AND CHENEY'S ISSUES, THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE, I KNOW AMERICA SURE WOULD!
THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA, I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH, SOONER OR LATER YOU CAN PUT THAT MOP DOWN, AND DO YOUR OWN THING, SHAME ON THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION FOR LEAVING SUCH A MESS ON THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!
DON'T FORGET HE IS MAN ENOUGH TO HANDLE IT!

Much controversy has been stirred up by the recent awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama so early into his Presidency. Some see it as an embarrassment and encumbrance to the work before him, others see it as a triumph of good intentions over effective implementation of policy; others still, regard it as little more than a slight against the previous administration. Whatever the rights and wrongs of these and the many other points of view, a more expanded perspective can be gained by exploring the meaning behind this event.

According to Alfred Nobel’s Will, the Nobel Prize should be awarded to the person who “during the preceding year… shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

While this dictum may be interpreted in terms of outer events and measurable changes, its psychological aspect is arguably more important, for those fundamental ideals which can bring about international peace must first gather sufficient mental and emotional force to empower outer changes. The skilful projection of a vision through the right use of oratory is of immense importance in this process. Great oratory awakens hope and adds its momentum to the transformative process to ensure its emergence in the world of physical plane events. Tied down as we are in the world of the five senses, it may not be easy to relate cause and effect; but in the realm of conscious energy, every momentous thoughtform must reveal itself in the mundane world at some point.

Not for nothing is the term “a ray of hope” evoked in journalistic circles in contrast to the gloomy background of world affairs. Diana Mukkaled, a prominent and respected journalist in the Arab world, remarks that “Obama possesses a particular ability to push matters towards hope, not only in America, but also in the rest of the world. Perhaps the Nobel Peace Prize will contribute towards making this hope a reality, particularly in our countries that are drowning in despondency and despair.” http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=2&id=18521,

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http://www.lucistrust.org/en/service_activities/world_goodwill__1/world_view_on_president_obama_receiving_the_nobel_peace_prize

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