(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Half of adults in the United States are in favour of the country’s current military engagement in Afghanistan, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 51 per cent of respondents support the mission involving American soldiers, down three 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 1,720 soldiers—including 1,037 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).

Earlier this month, U.S. president Barack Obama outlined his views on the conflict, saying, "I would dispute the notion that it is not getting better [in Afghanistan]. I do think that what we have seen is a blunting of the momentum of the Taliban, which had been building up in the year prior to me taking office."

Polling Data

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


Apr. 2010

Feb. 2010

Dec. 2009









Not sure




Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,002 American adults, conducted on Apr. 14 and Apr. 15, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

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