The news media reports polling data of Americans pretty much endlessly, so much so that it’s sometimes difficult to remember that a) people in other country have opinions and b) you can just ask them what they are and they will tell you!
Anyways, it’s been all over the media that support among Americans for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low – as of January 16, 56% of Americans think the troops should be pulled out “as soon as possible.”
What I think would surprise most people is that according to a recent poll of Afghans, number is only 25% – 68% of Afghans say that NATO troops should stay for the time being. Faith in the Afghan national police force, however, is considerably lower:
Less than 25 percent of Afghans say the national police are now strong enough to handle security without international forces’ help, but three-quarters believe they will be ready by the 2014 NATO handover, according to a U.N. survey released Tuesday.