Americans generally aren't too pleased with the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange, especially if they're veterans or Republicans, according to a new CBS poll. Specifically, most in the poll (56%) think the US paid too high of a price by exchanging five Gitmo detainees. Some highlights:
- Disapprove: 45% disapprove of the deal in general, while 37% approve, and 18% don't have an opinion.
- By party: 22% of Republicans approve of the deal and 65% disapprove; for Democrats, it's 53% vs. 27%; and for independents, 33% vs. 47%.
- Veterans: 31% approve of the deal and 55% disapprove.
- High price: 56% overall think the swap was too high of a price; the figure is higher among Republicans (75%) and veterans (65%) than Democrats (39%) and independents (58%).
A majority of respondents (72%) think President Obama should have notified Congress before making the deal, and Politico
reports that the White House was sending seven representatives to Capitol Hill today for a closed-door briefing with senators to try to smooth things over. The session comes ahead of tomorrow's open hearing in the House. (Read more Bowe Bergdahl