Poll: Price too high for Bergdahl swap

Fifty-six percent of people believe the United States paid too high a price to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released from the Taliban last month after five years in captivity. 

A new CBS poll released Tuesday is the third in a row to show more people disapprove than approve of the swap of five high-ranking Taliban prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center for the release of Bergdahl. 

The poll found 28 percent believe the trade is reasonable, while 17 percent do not know. 


Majorities of Republicans, 75 percent, and independents, 58 percent, said the United States paid too high a price. Democrats are spit, with 42 percent calling the swap reasonable. Thirty-nine percent said the price was too high. 

Overall, 45 percent disapprove of the trade, while 37 percent approve. Eighteen percent do not know. 

Those numbers mirror a Pew poll released Monday that found 43 percent called the trade the wrong move, while 34 percent supported it. Another 23 percent were unsure. A Reuters poll last week found nearly the same thing. 

Lawmakers in both parties have criticized the deal, with a number of Republicans predicting the release of the Taliban members will harm national security. 

Forty-nine percent of people said they believe the exchange will increase the threat of terrorism. Another 40 percent said there would likely be no effect. 

The poll surveyed 1,013 people from June 8-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.