(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in the United States are divided in their assessment of the military mission in Afghanistan, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 47 per cent of respondents support it, whereas 42 per cent oppose it.

Support for the war in Afghanistan is down seven points since February.

Afghanistan has been the main battleground in the war on terrorism. The conflict began in October 2001, after the Taliban regime refused to hand over Osama bin Laden without evidence of his participation in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked and crashed four airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.

At least 2,002 soldiers—including 1,227 Americans—have died in the war on terrorism, either in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

In December 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama revealed that his administration plans to “begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan” in July 2011.

On Aug. 16, NATO officials announced that they killed Abu Baqir, who they described as “a dual-hatted Taliban sub-commander and al-Qaeda group leader,” during an air strike in Afghanistan.

Polling Data

Overall, do you support or oppose the military operation involving American soldiers in Afghanistan?

Aug. 2010  Jun. 2010  Apr. 2010  Feb. 2010 
Support  47%  50%  51%  54% 
Oppose  42%  43%  39%  38% 
Not sure  11%  8%  10%  7% 

 

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,002 American adults, conducted on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

 

Complete Poll (PDF)