Faith in Obama`s handling of Afghan war at record low: Poll

American public support for the Afghan war and US President Barack Obama`s handing of the conflict has hit an all-time low after the leak of secret military documents, a poll showed today.

Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 23:31 PM IST

Wasington: American public support for
the Afghan war and US President Barack Obama`s handing of the
conflict has hit an all-time low after the leak of secret
military documents, a poll showed today.

Obama`s overall ratings also declined to a new low,
with only 41 per cent of Americans saying they approved of his
performance, according to the USA Today/Gallup poll -- his
worst showing since taking office in January 2009.
The percentage of Americans who say the United
States made a mistake in sending troops to Afghanistan rose to
43 percent, compared to 38 per cent before the release of tens
of thousands of classified documents on the war.

Public confidence in Obama`s war policy has also
plunged to 36 per cent, down from 48 per cent in February
survey, the poll said.

Even though he has failed to make a sizeable dent
in high US unemployment, Obama received a better rating for
his management of the economy than for the war, with 39
per cent supporting his handling of the economy, it said.

Growing public doubt about the Afghan war came as
the death toll for US troops in July hit a record high of 66.

An influx of reinforcements are trying to drive
back Taliban insurgents in the south with the last units of a
30,000-strong surge of US troops due to swell American numbers
to 100,000 in the coming weeks.

The leak of 92,000 secret US government documents
on the war has provided more ammunition to opponents of the
mission, who point to files alleging Pakistan -- a US ally --
has cultivated links with Islamist insurgents in Afghanistan.
US officials have condemned the website Wikileaks
for releasing the documents, and the poll showed most
Americans agree the papers should not have been posted on the
Internet.

PTI