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Republicans Now Evenly Divided on Whether Afghanistan War Has Been Worth Fighting

Patrick Goodenough
CNS News [1]
March 12, 2012

A growing number of Americans – including Republicans – believe the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds.

For the first time, Republican respondents are equally divided – 47 percent each – on whether the war has been worth fighting, when the costs versus the benefits are taken into account.

Historically, the poll has tracked a steady closing of the gap between Republicans on the issue since 2009, when 74 percent said the war was worth fighting while just 23 percent disagreed.

The poll was conducted March 7-10, soon after a period of violent protests following the unintentional burning of Qur’ans at a U.S. base in Bagram on February 20. More than 40 people were killed, among them six American soldiers – including two officers assassinated while working inside an Afghan government ministry.

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