Only 20% Say Situation in Afghanistan Will Improve in Next Six Months

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Only 20% Say Situation in Afghanistan Will Improve in Next Six Months

President Obama’s decision to replace the top commander in Afghanistan has done little to change voter perceptions of how that war is progressing.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of Likely Voters believe the situation in Afghanistan will get better over the next six months. Thirty-nine percent (39%) expect it to get worse, while 32% say it will stay about the same.

All these numbers have remained relatively consistent for months except for spikes in confidence in December following the president’s release of a new war strategy and in February following news reports about a successful military campaign there. In May, 24% said the situation in Afghanistan will get better in the next six months, while 33% said worse and 31% about the same.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror, unchanged from May but down from a recent high of 50% in February. Twenty-three percent (23%) say the terrorists are winning, while another 30% believe neither side is ahead.

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