After the killing of Osama bin Laden, Gallup polled Americans with the question: ‘How would you say things are going for the U.S. in Afghanistan?’ 51% responded positively, that things are going ‘well’. 47% responded that things were not going well. It’s the first time in nearly two years that the majority says things are going well in Afghanistan.
Gallup also asked if the U.S. made a mistake in sending military forces to Afghanistan. 39% said it was a mistake, while 58% said it was not a mistake. Those numbers have been consistent over the past several months.
Gallup finds 59% of Americans saying the U.S. “has accomplished its mission” in Afghanistan and “should bring its troops home” … while 36% say the U.S. should “maintain its troops there”. Republicans are evenly split on this, while Democrats say “come home” by a 66-to-33 percent margin. Independents favor “come home” by a margin of 62% to 31%.
Looks like American public opinion is moving toward an end to our big troop involvement in Afghanistan.
Our thought for today is from Elizabeth Drew:
“The world is not by run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion.”