Skip to comments.Survey Reveals Growing Optimism in Afghanistan
Posted on 01/12/2010 5:03:22 PM PST by SandRat
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2010 Optimism is on the rise in Afghanistan, with 90 percent of Afghans reporting in a new survey that they believe their country is headed in the right direction and support the Afghan national government.
Survey results released yesterday reveal a dramatic increase in confidence about the state of Afghanistan compared to a year ago, and increased support for the U.S. and NATO troop presence there.
The survey commissioned by ABC News, the BBC and ARD German television -- was conducted in mid-December, and included a random sample of 1,534 Afghan adults from all 34 Afghan provinces. Men and women were equally represented.
Seventy-one percent expressed optimism about Afghans path for the next 12 months, up from 40 percent last year. The last time the Afghan people expressed this level of confidence was in 2005, with confidence rates steadily declining until this year, the survey results show.
Ninety percent of those in the most recent survey said they support the current government, with only 6 percent favoring Taliban rule.
Sixty-nine percent identified the Taliban as the biggest threat facing Afghanistan. Sixty-six percent blamed the Taliban, al-Qaida and foreign militants for violence in Afghanistan.
The new poll marks a significant change from 2009, when just over half of those surveyed said they believed their country was on the right track. Thirteen percent expected it to deteriorate. The latest poll shows that just 5 percent expect Afghanistans situation to worsen during the coming year.
Respondents expressed increased support for the U.S. and International Security Assistance Force presence in Afghanistan. Sixty-eight percent approve of U.S. troops in the country, up from 63 percent a year ago. Sixty-two percent support the NATO presence, up from 59 percent.
Eighty-three percent called it very good or mostly good that U.S. forces entered Afghanistan in 2001 to drive out the Taliban. During the previous years survey, that percentage was 69.
Asked when U.S. and NATO troops should leave Afghanistan, the Afghan people expressed a wide range of opinions. Twenty-five percent said they should leave in 18 months, 22 percent said they should leave sooner than 18 months, and 21 percent said they should stay longer than 18 months. Twenty-nine percent said the drawdown should be based on security situation on the ground.
Sorry but I don’t trust any poll that claims a 90% approval for anything. You could ask the general public whether Hitler should be the next president and at least 10% would be undecided.
The reason there’s optimism, is because it’s wintertime and the Taliban and al-Queda are hibernating in their caves in Pakistan. When springtime comes, they’ll come out of their holes, refreshed and re-invigorated by their closet Cheerleader Barack Hussein Obama (mmm mmm mmm).
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