Public Opinion Sways, Americans Now Support Leaving Troops In Afghanistan

Initially, most Americans agreed that it was time to leave Afghanistan after 20 years and trillions of dollars. Then, it happened.

Public Opinion

To say that the withdrawal was messy would be an understatement. Yet, a month later, Quinnipiac University released a poll stating that only 28 percent of Americans think that completely pulling out needed to happen.

The same poll stated that 50 percent of U.S. citizens believe some troops should have stayed in Afghanistan, while 15 percent think troops should have stayed. From a party standpoint, completely leaving the country had the support of 47 percent of Democrats, 28 percent of Independents, and 7 percent of Republicans.

Quinnipiac's polling analyst Tim Malloy stated, "Though the troops are gone, America's longest war still gnaws at the country."

“Weary of the seemingly endless conflict but wary of what was left behind, the majority of people still see boots on the ground as the firewall between a country in the grip of Western hating factions and the rest of the world.”

Tim Malloy

Shifting Opinions

In a short amount of time, the public's opinion has changed quite a bit. When the poll was taken three weeks ago, most U.S. citizens were more positive about the withdrawal. About 54 percent of those who took the poll supported the decision.

In contrast, only 41 percent of those responding to the survey felt that troops should stay in Afghanistan. The people responding to this poll also were more on board with ending the war overall.

In sharp contrast to recent numbers, 69 percent felt that the war in Afghanistan should end, while 24 percent did not agree. However, most felt that the Biden administration did not handle the withdrawal well.

The poll states that 65 percent did not approve, with 31 percent approving the strategy employed by the administration. In the end, 62 percent of those polled think troops will have to go back eventually to fight terrorism all over again.

Additional Polls

In August, Daily Wire did a similar poll with comparable results. In their poll, 45 percent approved of the withdrawal, and 39 percent did not.

Results for remaining in Afghanistan were split down the middle. Biden was blamed by 36 percent, while 21 percent held Trump accountable, and 29 percent did not fault either president.

Overall, there is a sharp shift in how Americans view our exit from Afghanistan.

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