Monday, September 20, 2010

Public Opinion on Afghanistan

Do you think the US is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the US not be involved in Afghanistan now?

By a margin of 54 to 38% Americans believe we should not be involved now (HT to Glenn Greenwald for this poll). Consider that we have a Democratic president (the ostensible "peace" party). He has a Democratic Congress. They could have us out if they wanted to. But in fact they just are not responsive to the population.

I understand that polls show that the Republicans could re-take Congress this year. Voter apathy is considered a major reason. If you consider yourself a "peace" voter or you want public option style health care (the majority of Americans fall into these categories) you obviously wouldn't be voting for a Republican. But at this point why would you vote for a Democrat? Neither party is interested in being responsive to the majority of the public.

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