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59% More Worried U.S. Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan Too Long

Monday, February 17, 2014

As officials from both countries continue to debate the plan for America’s occupation of Afghanistan after 2014, U.S. voters continue to express pessimism about the war and want troops withdrawn immediately. But belief that the country is a vital U.S. national security interest has risen following the release of Afghan prisoners last week against repeated U.S. objections.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of Likely Voters think it is possible for the United States to win the war in Afghanistan. Fifty-three percent (53%) say victory is not possible, while 24% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 14-15, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology

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