Poll: Voters Want To End Afghan Mission
August 11, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ASBURY PARK, N.J., Aug. 11 (UPI) — A majority of likely U.S. voters say U.S. forces should be out of Afghanistan either immediately or within a year, a poll released Thursday reported.
Rasmussen Reports said 59 percent of those surveyed want the troops home, 28 percent say there should not be a timetable for withdrawal and 13 percent are unsure.
The percentage favoring getting out of Afghanistan has increased significantly since June when it was 51 percent. In September 2009, 39 percent favored getting out, and that increased to 43 percent in September 2010.
Only 22 percent of those surveyed said the United States has a clearly defined mission in Afghanistan.
The biggest swing is among Republicans, with 43 percent saying the troops should be home within a year or immediately and 42 percent opposed to setting a deadline. In June, Republicans were overwhelmingly opposed to a timetable.
Republicans identifying with the Tea Party movement are slightly more likely than other Republicans to favor getting out.
Seventy-six percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents favor getting out quickly.
Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely voters Aug. 9-10. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.