72% Support Obama's Afghanistan Pullout

Even a majority of Republicans back the withdrawal
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2011 9:42 AM CDT
President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House on June 22, 2011, announcing plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Americans overwhelmingly President Obama's plan to pull out of Afghanistan says a new Gallup Poll, with 72% in favor and only 23% opposed. For Democrats, that rises to 87%, but even Republicans support it, with 50% for it versus 43% opposed. More specifically, Obama's plan to withdraw 30,000 troops over the next 15 months was called "just right" by 43% of respondents, with 19% thinking that number was too high and 29% thinking it was too low.

"After the elimination of (Osama) bin Laden and the steady drumbeat of bad news from Afghanistan, I think most people are ready to follow the president's lead on this—especially if his lead is to lead us out of there," a political scientist told USA Today.

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