Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18319
 
1Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Approve33%35%30%28%40%31%30%34%31%30%65%42%**11%64%35%13%48%64%36%33%20%
Disapprove54%60%49%52%49%59%59%51%59%58%14%49%**81%24%53%79%41%31%52%58%54%
Not Sure13%5%21%19%11%9%11%15%10%12%22%9%**7%12%12%8%11%5%11%9%26%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%29%22%18%60%40%85%5%6%4%34%26%30%36%36%12%52%32%16%
 
 
2Which of these 4 statements best describes the situation in Afghanistan: America will emerge soon as the clear winner. The Taliban will emerge soon as the clear winner. It will be years until we know who won. There will never be a clear winner.
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
America Will WIn10%10%9%9%9%10%12%9%11%7%35%7%**8%12%10%11%7%1%10%11%5%
Taliban Will Win4%3%4%6%1%3%3%4%3%4%0%2%**6%1%4%6%3%1%3%6%1%
Years Until We Know30%31%29%26%31%31%31%28%31%31%25%27%**36%33%24%32%30%31%30%28%32%
Never Be a Clear Winner53%55%52%49%59%55%50%54%53%53%40%64%**48%53%62%51%60%66%56%56%43%
Not Sure4%0%7%9%1%1%4%5%2%4%0%0%**1%0%1%0%1%0%1%0%19%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%29%22%18%60%40%85%5%6%4%34%26%30%36%36%12%52%32%16%
 
 
3During the next 18 months, should the United States ... send more troops to Afghanistan? ... Bring troops home from Afghanistan? Or leave the Afghanistan troops in place?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Send More Troops5%9%2%5%6%7%3%5%5%6%5%1%**9%3%5%9%3%4%6%7%2%
Bring Troops Home69%64%74%75%64%66%71%69%68%69%75%64%**50%78%80%59%70%78%68%71%67%
Leave The Troops In Place21%24%19%18%26%21%21%21%21%20%19%30%**35%15%11%28%22%11%21%19%28%
Not Sure4%3%5%3%5%6%5%4%5%5%1%5%**6%4%4%4%5%7%5%4%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%29%22%18%60%40%85%5%6%4%34%26%30%36%36%12%52%32%16%
 
 
4President Obama plans to bring 10,000 soldiers home from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 ... and an additional 20,000 soldiers home by the end of 2012. Is the president withdrawing troops ... too fast? Not fast enough? Or is the president's timetable just right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Too Fast29%31%27%27%30%30%29%29%29%31%23%23%**54%9%22%48%25%6%29%29%30%
Not Fast Enough29%31%28%27%25%31%37%26%34%30%8%24%**29%28%32%29%27%30%27%34%27%
Timetable Is Just Right34%34%33%34%38%34%26%36%30%32%68%36%**13%57%42%17%44%63%38%32%25%
Not Sure8%3%13%11%7%5%8%9%6%7%1%16%**4%7%4%6%4%1%6%5%19%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%29%22%18%60%40%85%5%6%4%34%26%30%36%36%12%52%32%16%
 
 
5All things considered, has the war in Afghanistan been worth fighting? Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Worth Fighting42%45%39%42%51%40%30%46%36%44%29%41%**50%46%37%53%38%47%47%39%31%
Not Worth Fighting41%41%41%38%37%40%54%38%46%41%36%55%**40%38%48%40%46%34%39%46%37%
Not Sure17%14%20%20%12%20%16%16%18%15%35%3%**10%16%15%7%16%20%14%14%32%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%29%22%18%60%40%85%5%6%4%34%26%30%36%36%12%52%32%16%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.