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On Afghanistan, a negative shift

Afghan president Hamid Karzai's visit to the White House this week arrives as the public's take on the war there has tilted back to negative, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

A majority says the war in Afghanistan is not worth its costs, marking a return to negative territory after a brief uptick in public support in the wake of the announcement of the administration's new strategy for the conflict.

Despite the shift in views on the war, President Obama's ratings for handling the conflict have remained positive since the unveiling of the new strategy - 56 percent approve, 36 percent disapprove.

Views on the war's value have become more negative among both Democrats and independents. In the new poll, 56 percent of independents say it is not worth fighting, up from 47 percent in December. Among Democrats, 66 percent say it's not worth it, including half who feel that way strongly.

Republicans are solidly behind the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, with 69 percent saying the war is worth its costs.

Q. All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

            -- Worth it --   -Not worth it- 
            NET   Strongly   NET   Strongly 
4/25/10     45       26      52       38
12/13/09    52       33      44       35
11/15/09    44       30      52       38
10/18/09*   47       28      49       36 
9/12/09     46       28      51       37
8/17/09     47       31      51       41
7/18/09     51       34      45       34
3/29/09     56       37      41       28
2/22/09     50       34      47       37
12/14/08    55       NA      39       NA
7/13/08     51       NA      45       NA
2/25/07     56       NA      41       NA

*10/18/09 "was" and "has been" wording half sampled. Previous "was".

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  May 9, 2010; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  Afghanistan  
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