Friday, November 12, 2010
As President Obama and his staff consider delaying the withdrawal date for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, voters remain pessimistic about the longest-lasting conflict in American history.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 23% of Likely Voters believe the situation in Afghanistan will get better over the next six months. Forty-one percent (41%) feel the situation will get worse, while another 29% think it will stay about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
These findings have shown little change since early June of last year except for a brief flurry of enthusiasm late in the year after the president announced his new strategy for the conflict.
Voters are more evenly divided about Iraq now, however. Thirty-one percent (31%) say the situation in Iraq will get better over the next six months, the highest level of optimism measured since late April. Thirty-three percent (33%) say it will get worse, while slightly fewer (30%) feel the situation there will remain roughly the same.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on November 9-10, 2010 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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