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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."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  December 3, 2009; 4:38 PM ET
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This is now officially a government
of MISINFORMATION.

After 8 years of war,
you go out and find me
5 in 10 people,
who believe our interests
are best served by spending
money we don't have to find
terrorists who don't exist.

Russ Feingold For President!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 4, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Pres. Obama Deserves the Benefit of our Doubt..., Here's why!

After great Deliberation and personal Agony (in the dead of night, meeting the draped casket of a fallen soldier), Pres. Obama did allow for the Escalation of the "struggle" but Coupled it with an end date to this Struggle by military might and because of that (end date), I have Hope that the Long Nightmare of the twin wars, ignited by the twin towers will soon be over.

I saw in Pres. Obama a heart that bleeds for this decision for anyone whose heart center is open and active feels the pain of this task, yet, speaking with a Heavy Heart, I also heard in that speech the unspoken wish or Intent that he was going to also bring Bin Laden to justice ( the great Prize and Symbol)! I also heard the great Urgency he feels to bind up all loose nuclear threats and to prevent them from getting into those hands within Afghanistan and Pakistan which might annihilate the world as we know it. He has not made this this "call to arms" for Oil or for profit based upon a lie but a heartfelt desire to keep safe the people in the world, in the binding up of these nuclear threats to the world by this faction which he knows is still out there plotting to do harm! That in this way we are Standing up for Peace and that somehow we must go into Hell for a Heavenly cause.

I heard him also say to the Military Industrial Complex Machine that there will be an end date, and that it will not be open-ended, but that the battle for peace might call for other strategic ways to get to this goal -- that giving the benefit of the doubt to his generals -- he will try their way (since they are so much more knowledgeable about military than him).

As, he spoke about true security from a world without nuclear weapons (his real true goal), he also spoke about the need to unite with the world to accomplish this task because in truth, terror and nuclear weapons is a world problem! And finally, he called us to the time after 9/11, when we were all united but got deviated from the course, but to return to that Unity of purpose, one more time.... and that if he is lucky, he will bring home the Prize, Bin Ladin, break the back of this threat, and then for the weary and battle scarred-soldiers they can look onward and say, well done -- yet, there's no place like home, there's no place like home!

Let us trust " that there is a goodness in all of life that cannot even be eliminated by thoughts that temporarily cause you to believe that negativity is the underlying reality of human life on earth... " (1) Let us call on that goodness to illuminate our way forward towards that peace and goodwill and seal the door where evil dwells.

1. Ron Scolastico. Doorway to the Soul

Posted by: wdsoulplane | December 3, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

If that is all the support Obama got, then he was absolutely right to limit the war to another 18 months. If in that time he can rouse more support, and if staying is worth it, we can extend the stay, but if he CAN'T improve his numbers, bring them home.

Posted by: ceflynline | December 3, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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