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VOTERS WEARY OF MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

November 8, 2011
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Resurgent Republic conducted its latest survey of 1000 American voters October 30 through November 2, 2011. Following are key highlights pertaining to voters’ views of military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.



Read the full report: Voters Believe America is Worse Off Than When Obama Took Office




  1. A majority is ready to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.


    Congressman A says after ten years in Afghanistan, it is time to bring our troops home. Osama bin Laden is dead and the Taliban is scattered, and the United States cannot be expected to be a permanent traffic cop in a country dominated by competing tribal interests.


    Congressman B says there is still important work for our country to do in Afghanistan. We have sacrificed American money and lives in making sure the country is secure, and it is in our national interest to stay for as long as the Taliban and al Qaeda remain a threat, since the 9/11 attacks were launched from Afghanistan.


    Voters overall support bringing the troops home by 54 to 38 percent. Democrats are the strongest for pulling out at 67 to 23 percent, but Independents agree, 50 to 41 percent. Republicans think there is still work to be done there, by 53 to 42 percent.





  2. Iraq is a closer call, with Democrats for pulling out, Republicans for staying longer, and Independents evenly split.



    Congressman A says we should bring all our troops home from Iraq by the end of this year. We have overthrown a dictator and set up a democratic government. While we need to remain involved diplomatically, the work of our military forces is finished.


    Congressman B says it is a mistake to bring all our troops home from Ira  by the end of this year. Doing so will jeopardize the gains we have made, and some continued American military presence is necessary to protect the country from extremists and outside threats like Iran.


    Voters overall support bringing the troops home by 50 to 44 percent. Democrats are for pulling out at 67 to 28 percent, while Independents split evenly at 47 percent. Republicans think some continued American military presence is necessary, by 60 to 36 percent.





Read the full report: Voters Believe America is Worse Off Than When Obama Took Office

Filed under: National Security and Polling Analysis