November 18, 2009 - Obama Approval Dips Below 50% For First Time, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Drops Below 50%

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President Barack Obama's job approval rating is 48 - 42 percent, the first time he has slipped below the 50 percent threshold nationally, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Support for the war in Afghanistan and approval of President Obama's handling of the war also is down in the last month, and Republican support for the war is more than twice as strong as Democratic support.

American voters say 48 - 41 percent that fighting the war in Afghanistan is the right thing to do, down from 52 - 37 percent in an October 7 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Voters disapprove 49 - 38 percent of the President's handling of the war there, down from 42 - 40 percent approval in October.

But voters say 65 - 29 percent, including 68 - 25 percent among military households, that eliminating the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan "is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for," compared to 65 - 28 percent last month.

Voters say 47 - 42 percent that President Obama should send 40,000 more combat troops to Afghanistan as the military commanders on the ground have requested. Only 27 percent of Democrats want more troops, compared to 68 percent of Republicans. Similarly, 68 percent of Republicans, but only 31 percent of Democrats, think the United States is doing the right thing fighting in Afghanistan.

"Increasingly, the President finds himself with two different coalitions, one that backs him on domestic matters and a completely different one that backs him on Afghanistan. That could create a challenge to his considerable political skills," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Most American voters, 55 percent, say the U.S. should keep troops in Afghanistan for two years or less, up from 49 percent last month. Only 27 percent of voters say keep troops there as long as it takes, down from 30 percent. And 35 percent say the U.S. is getting into a situation like Vietnam, up from 32 percent last month.

"Although President Obama's job approval rating is below 50 percent for the first time nationally, it is not statistically different from his 50 percent approval rating in October. Nevertheless, in politics symbols matter and this is not a good symbol for the White House," said Brown. "Moreover, the percentage who approve of the way he is handling the economy has dropped from a split 47 - 46 percent approval in October to 52 - 43 percent disapproval today."

The President has a yawning gender and racial gap, with women approving his job performance 52 - 37 percent, compared to men's 47 - 44 percent disapproval. He gets 89 percent job approval among blacks and 62 percent approval among Hispanics while white voters disapprove 49 - 41 percent. His support also wanes as you go up the age and income scale.

"Overall, the new numbers on Afghanistan show an almost across the board erosion of support for the war and worries about getting too deeply involved there militarily. But when the focus is on fighting terror, American resolve remains strong," Brown said.

"Still, these results are an indication that there is not much stomach for a long-term U.S. commitment there and the number of Americans who feel that way is growing.

"One reason the President's approval for his handling of the Afghanistan situation may be falling is the criticism he is not deciding on troop levels quickly enough."

American voters trust Obama 53 - 42 percent to make the right decisions about troop levels, down from 55 - 38 percent in October. Voters trust the military 77 - 18 percent to make the right recommendations on that question, compared to 81 - 15 percent last month.

From November 9 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,518 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              48%    14%    82%    43%    44%    52%    41%    89%    62%
Disapprove           42     77     10     46     47     37     49      6     22
DK/NA                10      9      8     11      8     11     10      5     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              55%    50%    42%    53%    48%    47%    78%    59%    23%
Disapprove           37     41     47     36     46     46     13     30     70
DK/NA                 9      9     11     12      7      8      9     11      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              47%    52%    24%    32%    44%    75%    39%
Disapprove           42     42     67     57     48     22     52
DK/NA                11      6      9     11      8      3      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 18  Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Jun 4   Jun 4   Nov 18
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2009
 
Approve              48      50      50      57      59      59      48
Disapprove           42      41      42      33      31      31      42
DK/NA                10       9       9      10      10      10      10
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              43%    13%    77%    38%    40%    46%    36%    83%    59%
Disapprove           52     84     18     58     57     48     59     13     37
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      3      6      5      5      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              48%    45%    40%    48%    42%    43%    77%    51%    20%
Disapprove           47     52     54     47     55     55     19     44     77
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      3      2      4      5      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              42%    48%    24%    30%    38%    63%    39%
Disapprove           53     49     72     65     58     35     57
DK/NA                 5      3      4      5      4      2      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Nov 18  Oct 8   Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              43      47      45      52      53      55      57
Disapprove           52      46      49      42      38      37      33
DK/NA                 5       7       6       6       9       8      10
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              49%    19%    81%    45%    47%    52%    43%    87%    60%
Disapprove           42     71     13     49     47     38     48      6     34
DK/NA                 8     10      7      6      6     10      9      8      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              58%    51%    43%    54%    46%    52%    79%    61%    24%
Disapprove           36     42     47     38     48     43     17     31     68
DK/NA                 6      7     10      8      6      6      5      8      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              48%    53%    28%    35%    45%    75%    43%
Disapprove           43     40     62     56     48     23     50
DK/NA                 9      6     10      9      6      2      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7   Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Mar 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              49      49      52      55      57      56      56
Disapprove           42      37      38      35      32      25      21
DK/NA                 8      13      10       9      11      19      23
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Approve              38%    20%    63%    30%    36%    40%    33%    70%    47%
Disapprove           49     69     25     57     54     45     54     20     44
DK/NA                12     11     13     12     10     15     13     10      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              44%    41%    32%    40%    39%    41%    55%    46%    22%
Disapprove           48     49     52     47     52     53     33     41     67
DK/NA                 8     10     16     14      9      6     12     13     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Approve              37%    41%    28%    29%    32%    50%    33%
Disapprove           50     48     61     56     57     31     57
DK/NA                13     12     10     14     11     19     10
 
TREND:Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              38      42
Disapprove           49      40
DK/NA                12      17
 
 
13. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      1%     -      -      1%     -
Good                  8      4     12      7      8      7      6     13      9
Not so good          42     31     56     39     42     43     40     49     56
Poor                 49     65     31     54     49     49     52     36     35
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Excellent             1%     -      -      -      -      1%     -      -      -
Good                 11      6      7      9      8      5     13      7      5
Not so good          47     42     39     43     39     45     52     49     31
Poor                 40     52     53     48     53     49     34     43     62
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      1%     -      -
Good                  8      7      4      5      6     15      5
Not so good          40     47     37     38     41     55     39
Poor                 51     45     59     57     52     30     55
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXLNT+GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 18  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1   Dec 10  Mar 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2003    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       1       -       1       3       -
Good                  8       6       7       6       4      37       3
Not so good          42      49      44      41      39      42      28
Poor                 49      44      47      52      56      16      68
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       -       1       -
 
 
27. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Right thing          48%    68%    31%    51%    52%    44%    53%    25%    38%
Shouldn't be inv     41     22     58     39     39     43     35     67     57
DK/NA                11     10     11     10      8     12     11      8      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Right thing          48%    53%    43%    42%    56%    55%    35%    44%    61%
Shouldn't be inv     43     40     43     46     38     37     55     45     30
DK/NA                 9      7     14     12      6      8     10     11      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Right thing          45%    56%    60%    58%    48%    57%    48%
Shouldn't be inv     44     34     30     31     40     34     42
DK/NA                10     10     10     11     12      9     10
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Right thing          48      52
Shouldn't be inv     41      37
DK/NA                11      11
 
 
28. Do you think building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  37%    54%    25%    36%    40%    34%    42%    12%    32%
No                   54     37     66     54     53     54     48     80     59
DK/NA                10      9      9      9      7     12     10      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  36%    39%    35%    32%    45%    40%    24%    32%    49%
No                   56     53     52     60     47     50     67     59     42
DK/NA                 8      8     13      8      8      9      8      9      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  34%    45%    49%    45%    40%    42%    40%
No                   56     46     43     44     49     46     50
DK/NA                10      9      8     11     11     12     10
 
TREND: Do you think building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  37      39
No                   54      52
DK/NA                10       9
 
 
29. Do you think the United States will be successful in building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  22%    31%    17%    20%    24%    20%    22%    18%    29%
No                   63     51     68     68     64     63     63     69     57
DK/NA                15     17     15     11     13     16     15     13     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  24%    24%    19%    21%    28%    20%    14%    21%    27%
No                   62     65     64     65     62     66     74     65     57
DK/NA                14     10     17     14     10     14     11     14     16
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  22%    23%    25%    22%    24%    13%    22%
No                   64     63     61     63     60     66     64
DK/NA                15     13     14     16     16     21     14
 
TREND: Do you think the United States will be successful in building a stable democratic government in Afghanistan or not?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  22      22
No                   63      62
DK/NA                15      16
 
 
30. Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  65%    81%    52%    67%    71%    58%    69%    43%    53%
No                   29     15     39     28     25     32     24     46     40
DK/NA                 7      4      9      5      4     10      7     11      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  69%    68%    58%    56%    73%    74%    55%    63%    73%
No                   29     27     30     36     23     23     40     30     22
DK/NA                 3      5     11      8      4      3      5      7      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  61%    73%    73%    73%    69%    68%    68%
No                   31     23     20     20     25     26     25
DK/NA                 8      4      7      8      6      6      7
 
TREND: Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  65      65
No                   29      28
DK/NA                 7       7
 
 
31. Do you think the United States will be successful in eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  36%    47%    31%    36%    39%    33%    35%    35%    44%
No                   53     41     57     55     52     54     53     56     47
DK/NA                11     12     11      9      9     13     12      9      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  38%    39%    33%    34%    39%    38%    27%    34%    44%
No                   55     53     52     55     53     54     63     57     44
DK/NA                 8      8     16     11      8      8     10      9     12
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  36%    37%    38%    37%    39%    38%    34%
No                   53     53     50     51     50     47     55
DK/NA                11     10     12     11     11     16     11
 
TREND: Do you think the United States will be successful in eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan or not?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  36      38
No                   53      49
DK/NA                11      13
 
 
32. General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has asked President Obama to send 40,000 additional combat troops. Should Obama send the troops or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  47%    68%    27%    53%    57%    39%    53%    19%    32%
No                   42     22     61     38     36     47     36     73     60
DK/NA                11     10     12      9      7     14     12      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  41%    51%    48%    41%    54%    53%    30%    41%    64%
No                   49     41     38     49     36     35     59     47     28
DK/NA                10      8     14     10     10     12     11     13      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  46%    52%    60%    57%    52%    38%    53%
No                   44     37     29     31     38     42     37
DK/NA                10     12     11     12      9     20     10
 
 
33. Do you think President Obama should replace McChrystal or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  13%     5%    18%    13%    11%    15%     9%    28%    25%
No                   63     78     51     66     72     54     67     50     48
DK/NA                24     17     30     21     17     31     25     22     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  20%    14%     7%    17%     9%    10%    19%    13%    11%
No                   59     64     65     58     72     66     54     60     72
DK/NA                21     22     27     25     18     25     28     27     17
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  15%     8%     9%     7%     7%     4%    11%
No                   59     72     70     68     72     75     66
DK/NA                26     20     21     25     20     20     23
 
 
34. How much longer would you be willing to have large numbers of U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan - less than a year, one to two years, two to five years, five to ten years, or as long as it takes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Less than 1 year     31%    19%    42%    28%    26%    36%    29%    44%    38%
1 to 2 years         24     17     30     25     23     25     23     31     28
2 to 5 years         12     14     10     13     14     10     13      6     10
5 to 10 years         2      2      1      1      3      -      2      -      -
Long as it takes     27     43     15     27     30     24     29     15     17
DK/NA                 5      5      3      5      4      6      5      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Less than 1 year     31%    32%    32%    36%    28%    24%    41%    34%    23%
1 to 2 years         25     24     22     23     27     25     31     28     17
2 to 5 years         13     12     12      9     13     17      9     13     13
5 to 10 years         2      1      1      1      1      2      -      2      2
Long as it takes     27     28     26     25     27     30     13     19     41
DK/NA                 2      4      7      5      4      2      4      3      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Less than 1 year     35%    23%    25%    25%    31%    22%    32%
1 to 2 years         23     26     20     21     24     30     21
2 to 5 years         10     17     14     16     11     16     11
5 to 10 years         2      2      1      2      1      6      2
Long as it takes     27     28     35     30     29     26     30
DK/NA                 4      5      4      5      4      1      5
 
TREND: How much longer would you be willing to have large numbers of U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan - less than a year, one to two years, two to five years, five to ten years, or as long as it takes?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Less than 1 year     31      28
1 to 2 years         24      21
2 to 5 years         12      14
5 to 10 years         2       2
Long as it takes     27      30
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
35. Do you trust President Obama to make the right decisions about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  53%    26%    84%    46%    48%    57%    48%    82%    61%
No                   42     70     12     47     48     36     46     13     33
DK/NA                 6      4      4      7      4      7      6      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  57%    55%    48%    57%    52%    54%    74%    65%    31%
No                   40     40     44     37     46     43     22     31     64
DK/NA                 4      4      8      6      2      3      4      5      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  52%    56%    36%    43%    52%    64%    46%
No                   42     40     59     51     44     29     48
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      5      7      5
 
TREND: Do you trust President Obama to make the right decisions about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan or not?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  53      55
No                   42      38
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
36. Do you trust the U.S. military to make the right recommendations about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Yes                  77%    91%    68%    78%    78%    76%    79%    68%    75%
No                   18      7     26     18     19     17     16     26     24
DK/NA                 5      2      6      4      3      6      5      5      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  80%    78%    74%    75%    81%    78%    63%    76%    87%
No                   18     19     18     20     16     20     30     20     10
DK/NA                 2      3      8      6      3      2      7      4      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Yes                  77%    78%    88%    82%    79%    61%    78%
No                   18     18      9     12     16     28     17
DK/NA                 5      4      3      6      4     11      5
 
TREND: Do you trust the U.S. military to make the right recommendations about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan or not?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  77      81
No                   18      15
DK/NA                 5       4
 
 
37. Which concerns you more - the United States will stay in Afghanistan too long or the United States will leave Afghanistan too soon?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Stay too long        54%    32%    71%    56%    50%    58%    51%    76%    57%
Leave too soon       38     61     20     38     44     32     42     18     38
DK/NA                 7      6      9      6      6      9      8      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Stay too long        55%    58%    51%    60%    53%    52%    71%    63%    39%
Leave too soon       41     39     36     32     43     44     21     31     55
DK/NA                 4      3     13      8      5      4      8      6      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Stay too long        56%    50%    43%    46%    52%    53%    52%
Leave too soon       36     44     49     45     41     40     41
DK/NA                 8      6      8      9      8      7      7
 
TREND: Which concerns you more - the United States will stay in Afghanistan too long, or the United States will leave Afghanistan too soon?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Stay too long        54      50
Leave too soon       38      42
DK/NA                 7       8
 
 
38. Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam War, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
 
Same as Vietnam      35%    30%    35%    39%    37%    34%    36%    28%    37%
Will avoid that      51     56     51     50     54     48     50     58     52
DK/NA                13     14     15     11      9     18     13     14     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Same as Vietnam      36%    36%    36%    37%    37%    32%    43%    37%    30%
Will avoid that      54     53     47     50     53     58     45     51     56
DK/NA                10     11     17     13     10      9     11     12     14
 
                                   WHITE.............
                     NoColl Coll   BrnAgn                      Military
                     Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Households
 
Same as Vietnam      37%    31%    35%    34%    37%    27%    40%
Will avoid that      49     57     49     51     53     66     48
DK/NA                14     11     16     15     10      7     12
 
TREND: Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Afghanistan as it had in the Vietnam war, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?
                     Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2009    2009
 
Same as Vietnam      35      32
Will avoid that      51      56
DK/NA                13      12