Poll: GOP support for Afghanistan war plummets

Recent incidents in Afghanistan — including Quran burnings that sparked widespread protests and violence and a U.S. soldier killing 17 Afghan civilians — have raised questions about a speedier withdrawal from Afghanistan.

President Obama has said that he will stick to the timeline of handing over control of security to the Afghans by the end of 2014.

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Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has criticized Obama’s handling of the war, in particular his plans to withdraw 23,000 "surge" troops from the country this summer.

In the wake of the setbacks in Afghanistan, the poll found that 22 percent of respondents believed that the Afghan people support what the United States is trying to do in Afghanistan, while 62 percent thought they opposed U.S. efforts.

The case against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians, divided the public on its significance in the war. Forty-four percent believed it was an isolated incident, while 43 percent thought it indicated wider problems. In general, the poll found 79 percent thought the military should do more to monitor the mental health of service members.

Despite the recent incidents in Afghanistan, 48 percent of respondents supported Obama’s handling of the Afghan war, while 43 percent opposed it.