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Voter Faith in Afghan Victory Hits New Low

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Voter confidence in the outcome of the War in Afghanistan has fallen to a new low.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 34% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe it is possible for the United States to win the war in Afghanistan. That’s down 13 points from 47% in February of this year.

Forty-two percent (42%) say it is not possible to win the nine-year-old war there, while another 24% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A year ago, just after President Obama announced his new strategy for the war, 51% of voters believed a U.S. victory in Afghanistan was possible. Prior to the speech, however, only 39% felt that way.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on December 5-6, 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.

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