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Voters Less Upset with Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

Thursday, October 19, 2017

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty this week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after he walked off his base in Afghanistan, and it appears voters are less upset these days with the Obama administration’s decision to swap several Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 31% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the U.S. government’s decision to release five Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison camp in exchange for Bergdahl. Forty-four percent (44%) disagree with that decision, while 25% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 16-17, 2017, 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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