On the heels of CNN’s poll from Monday, The Washington Post finds a near-even split on a second troop escalation in Afghanistan this year, with 49 percentJul 31, 202086003 Shares1264743 Views
“„The sharpest drop in support for Obama’s work on Afghanistan has come among Republicans. In September, a bare majority of party members, 51 percent, approved of his performance on this issue; in the new poll, that support has plummeted to 22 percent, with 71 percent opposed.
“„The new poll revealed little public interest in redefining the goal: Four in five Americans say U.S. policy should aim to prevent all elements of the Taliban from regaining power in Afghanistan, even if certain segments of the movement do not support terrorism against the United States. About two-thirds of those polled place a “high priority” on stopping the Taliban from taking over, and just as many prioritize guarding against new al-Qaeda camps. On these questions, there are minimal differences across party lines.