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Voters Continue To Fret Over War in Afghanistan

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Even as President Obama insists that troop withdrawals will begin in July as scheduled, voter confidence in the course of the war in Afghanistan remains low.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 19% of Likely U.S. Voters think the situation in Afghanistan will get better in the next six months.  Forty-one percent (41%) now expect the war in Afghanistan to get worse over the next six months while 28% predict it will stay about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A month ago, 18% expected things to get better, tying the lowest level of confidence measured in 2010.

Voter confidence in the outcome of the war fell to a new low last month.  Just 34% now believe it is possible for the United States to win the war in Afghanistan.

However, voter interest in the issue remains low. The War in Afghanistan is ranked ninth in importance among ten issues tracked regularly by Rasmussen Reports.

Voters also express little confidence in how America is fighting the War on Terror these days.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on January 3-4, 2011 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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