USA Today/Gallup Poll: Majority support Obama's Afghan strategy
In the first major poll of U.S. public opinion since President Obama's speech Tuesday detailing his new Afghan strategy, a narrow majority of Americans said that they backed the president's plan.
The USA Today/Gallup survey of 1,005 adults, conducted Wednesday, also showed that Americans continue to harbor doubts about the government's ability to address problems at home, given its commitments abroad.
Obama's plan was favored by 51 percent of those surveyed, with 40 percent opposing it and "little consensus" on the plan's details, according to USA Today. More details from the poll:
• Thirty-eight percent call the decision to deploy 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan "about the right number." Nearly as many, 36 percent, say that is too many additional troops, and 18 percent say it's too few.
• Just one in five agree with the timetable to begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011. Nearly half, 46 percent, say it's too soon to set a timetable, and one in four say troops should begin coming home before then.
• An overwhelming majority worry that the costs of the war will make it more difficult to deal with problems closer to home. By a ratio of nearly 3 to 1 (73 percent to 26 percent), those surveyed say they are worried about that. A third describe themselves as "very worried."
December 3, 2009; 4:38 PM ET
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