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June 29, 2011

Gallup Poll: Vast Majority Of Americans Favor Obama's Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

Via Allah.

72% of all adults (not registered voters) and that includes 50% of self-identified Republicans.

That 72% number is for the entire plan but the second questions they ask, "What is your view of withdrawing 30,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan over the next 15 months -- do you think that number is too high, about right, or too low?"

The overall "about right" number was 43%, (57% for Democrats, 40% for Independents and only 35% for Republicans). 19% think it's too high and 29% say too low

(Update: As Allah pointed out to me on Twitter, the 29% want a faster pull out than the 20K next year so that gets you back to the 72% for question 1.)

Well, that 30,000 number is part of the overall number that 72% were pretty excited about in question 1.

Clearly Americans are looking for a way out of Afghanistan and are happy to see the process start but still seem unready to simply walk away (which, even with Obama's hyper accelerated drawdown plan, isn't on the table.).

The real question is, where will people be in a year when the drawdown is being highlighted by Obama as part of his reelection campaign? If I had to bet, I'd guess the 20k number will be more popular. Either the situation will be stable which will make people think it's ok to keep pulling out or it will be a mess and people will want to wash their hands of it. That's probably Obama's political calculation, either way his pullback is popular.

Meanwhile back in Kaubl, the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel killed at least 9 people.

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