A USA Today story by Susan Page (7/27/10), on the impact of the WikiLeaks revelations, reports that despite some erosion, “Most Americans continue to support the war in Afghanistan.”
To back up this assertion, Page cites Gallup poll findings (7/8-11/10) that 58 percent of Americans think it was “not a mistake” for the U.S. to have sent troops to Afghanistan in 2001. Clearly, though, it’s possible to believe that U.S. troops should have been sent to Afghanistan in 2001 without thinking that they should still be there almost nine years later.
Much more to the point was the July 11 ABC/Washington Post poll, where just 42 percent of respondents said that the Afghan War was, in the present tense, “worth fighting”–with a majority, 55 percent, saying they did not think it was. Or the CNN poll (5/29/10) that asked respondents if they favored or opposed the war, and found 56 percent opposed, with 42 percent in support.
And Americans could not “continue” to support the war, because public opinion, as measured by polls that stick to the point, have found a majority of the American public opposing the Afghan War for most of the past two years. As Extra! reported in December 2009:
In three surveys since July, the AP/GfKpoll has reported that at least 53 percent of respondents say they oppose the Afghanistan War. In September, 51 percent told the Washington Post/ABC News poll (9/10ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬“12/09) that the war was not “worth fighting.”