Guest post by Gregory Holyk, Langer Research
As the Obama administration continues to negotiate the terms of its future security commitments with the Afghan government, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds war fatigue among the American public at a new peak, now matching levels last seen in Iraq. Two-thirds now say that considering the costs versus the benefits to the United States, the war in Afghanistan hasn't been worth it, a new high in 21 ABC/Post polls since early 2007. And half now feel that the war hasn't increased the country's long-term security, the first time in five polls since mid-2010 that more say the war has not contributed to the US' security than say it has (50-43 percent).
Despite their reservations about the war's benefits, Americans do not favor leaving Afghanistan high and dry. By a 53-43 percent margin, more people support leaving some troops behind to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counter-insurgency operations than want to remove all US forces. The Obama administration has stated that both options are still on the table.