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Poll Shows 64 Percent Of Americans Saying Afghan War ‘Not Worth it’

Posted by smeddum on March 15, 2011

Three Afghan men on a motorcycle passed by as U.S. Marines patrolled last month in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Enlarge Adek Berry /AFP/Getty ImagesThree Afghan men on a motorcycle passed by as U.S. Marines patrolled last month in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

Three Afghan men on a motorcycle passed by as U.S. Marines patrolled last month in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
Adek Berry /AFP/Getty ImagesThree Afghan men on a motorcycle passed by as U.S. Marines patrolled last month in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

“Nearly two-thirds of Americans now say the war in Afghanistan is no longer worth fighting, the highest proportion yet opposed to the conflict,” The Washington Post reports this morning.

In a new Washington Post-ABC News, 1,005 adults were asked this question: “Considering the costs vs. the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting or not?” In response, 64 percent said “not worth it,” while 31% said “worth it.”

This comes as Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, prepares to tell Congress today that there’s been solid progress in Afghanistan and that U.S. forces can start to withdraw this summer, as planned.

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