Americans torn over Obama strategy in Afghanistan: Poll

Some 44 per cent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama`s handling of the war in Afghanistan, a significant rise from earlier this year, according to a CBS news poll released on Thursday.

Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 21:57 PM IST

Washington: Some 44 per cent of
Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama`s handling of
the war in Afghanistan, a significant rise from earlier this
year, according to a CBS news poll released on Thursday.
In CBS`s last poll in May, only 37 per cent of
those questioned disapproved of the president`s approach to
the conflict now in its ninth year.

Some 43 per cent of those polled approve of Obama`s
policies, about the same as the 44 per cent who said they
approved in May. But the number of undecideds dropped from 19
per cent to 13 per cent.

A majority of Americans believe the war is going
either "somewhat" or "very badly" (62 per cent) jumped from 49
per cent in May.

The poll questioned 966 people between July 7 and
12 and it comes as Obama has poured thousands of extra forces
into the country with the aim of defeating a bloody rebellion
by Taliban militants.
The administration has vowed that US forces will
start withdrawing from this time next year.

PTI