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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Plurality Favors Troop Increase In Afghanistan

IBD finds that 48 percent of adults favor sending more troops to Afghanistan per General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan's request.

The survey of 927 adults found that a plurality of 48% favors sending more troops and resources to Afghanistan. That's a sharp reversal from September, when Americans opposed the idea, 55%-35%.

The breakdown on the rapid withdrawal question is surprising because even those listed as Democrats do not favor a rapid withdrawal:

Opposition to a rapid withdrawal cut across party lines. While Republicans were the most hawkish, saying no to a rapid withdrawal by 84%-13%, a solid majority of Democrats, 62%-30%, also agreed. Independents were talking tough as well, rejecting the idea by 68%-25%.

Just a FYI.