Only a third of respondents are confident that President Obama will be able to finish the job in Afghanistan.

Public support for the military mission in Afghanistan fell slightly this month in the United States, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

The online survey of a representative national sample of 1,004 American adults also reveals that just a third of respondents express confidence in the course of action outlined by U.S. President Barack Obama to finish the job in Afghanistan.

The Mission

This month, 51 per cent of respondents (down three points since February) say they support the military operation involving American soldiers in Afghanistan, while 39 per cent are opposed (up one point).

Respondents who live in the South back the mission (54%), while the Northeast (48%) currently has the lowest level of support.

Two-in-five Americans (43%) believe the country did the right thing in sending military forces to Afghanistan, while three-in-ten (31%) think it made a mistake.

Overall, 52 per cent of respondents say they have a clear idea of what the war in Afghanistan is about.

When The War is Over

When asked about what they think will be the most likely outcome of the war in Afghanistan, the findings show little fluctuation since February. One-in-four Americans (25%,) expect a clear victory by U.S. and allied forces over the Taliban, and 26 per cent foresee a negotiated settlement from a position of U.S. and allied strength that gives the Taliban a small role in the Afghan government.

Significantly fewer respondents foresee either a negotiated settlement from a position of U.S. and allied weakness that gives the Taliban a significant role in the Afghan government (9%) or a military defeat of U.S. and allied forces by the Taliban (4%).

Obama’s Plan

Most Americans are skeptical about the plan for Afghanistan outlined by U.S. President Barack Obama. Only 33 per cent of respondents (-2) are very or moderately confident that the Obama Administration will be able “finish the job” in Afghanistan, while a majority (53%, +1) are not too confident or not confident at all.

The Media and the Government

Only 33 per cent of respondents claim that the media in the United States has provided the right amount of attention to Afghanistan, while 35 per cent think it has been too little, and 13 per cent say it has been too much.

More than a quarter of Americans (28%, +4) think the federal government has provided the right amount of information about the war in Afghanistan, while 45 per cent (-7) think it has been too little.

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Methodology: From April 14 and April 15, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,002 randomly selected American adults who are Springboard USA panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of the United States. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.