Washington: Sixty per cent of Americans
surveyed in an ABC News/Washington Post poll out on Thursday believe
that the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting.
The poll appears on the day that President Barack
Obama is expected to declare that his strategy in Afghanistan
and Pakistan is on track.
Dissatisfaction with the war has risen seven points
since July, according to ABC News.
On a cost-benefit basis, only 34 per cent of those
polled believe the war has been worth fighting, down nine
points and setting a new low.
"Negative views of the war for the first time are at
the level of those recorded for the war in Iraq, whose
unpopularity dragged (former US president) George W. Bush to
historic lows in approval across his second term," ABC News
Obama got mixed reviews for handling the war effort:
45 per cent of those surveyed approve of Obama's work on
Afghanistan, while 46 per cent disapprove.
Fifty-four per cent of Americans also support Obama's
pledge to start withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan in
mid-2011, up by 15 points since it was announced one year ago.
The telephone poll was conducted by Langer Research
Associates between December 9-12 among a random sample of
1,001 US adults. It has a 3.5-point error margin.
First Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 18:13