Majority of Americans also believe Afghan war has not contributed to any long-term security.
Lauren McCauley, staff writer Friday, July 26, 2013 by Common Dreams
(Photo: Fibonacci Blue/ cc/ Flickr)Americans have reached a ‘new high’ in war-weariness.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday reveals that two-thirds of Americans don’t think that the war in Afghanistan is ‘worth fighting.’
The poll asked, “Considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not?” With 67 percent responding in the negative, the results reveal “a new high,” reports ABC, in the 21 such polls given since early 2007.
“For the first time that numerically exceeds the most who said the same about the war in Iraq, 66 percent in April 2007,” they add.
As an indication that the American public has also grown weary of the White House’s rhetoric behind the occupation, the poll also found that, for the first time, more people said that the war has not contributed to long-term US security than say it has.
The poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that the intensity of negative views of the war in Afghanistan has increased considerably. Nearly half now feel “strongly” that the war has not been worth it, more than three times the number who strongly feel it’s been worthwhile – numerically the largest gap between the two in ABC/Post polls since early 2009.