Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, according to a new poll.
According to a CNN poll released Friday, 63 percent of Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan while 34 percent favor it. The poll’s findings are almost exactly unchanged from June, when CNN last surveyed Americans on their opinions on the war in Afghanistan. In June, CNN found that 62 percent opposed the war and 36 percent favored it. Prior to that, in May, CNN found that 52 percent opposed the war and 42 percent approved of it.
But the latest poll also found that 57 percent of Americans do not think the United States made a mistake by sending troops to Afghanistan, while 41 percent say troops should not have been sent.
On Tuesday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and its former chairman, said the United States needed to move faster in drawing down troops in Afghanistan.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that the United States was on track to fully hand over security command to the Afghanistan government by 2014.
“As you saw in Iraq, there was a gradual ceding of security control ... to the Iraq security forces,” Carney said. “That process occurred over a sustained period of time and was very successful, we believe. And while obviously each country is different, in this case, and the circumstances are different, and the timelines are different, we anticipate that we will be able to keep the schedule outlined by the president and keep our commitments, and keep both the American people and the international community apprised of the progress we’re making and our plans for drawing down.”The poll comes exactly a week after President Obama announced that all U.S. forces in Iraq would be withdrawn by the end of the year.