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Majority of Americans oppose Afghan war: poll

Fifty-seven per cent of Americans now oppose the war in Afghanistan and 40 per cent see it as not winnable, according to a poll published by CNN.

world Updated: Sep 02, 2009 12:41 IST

Fifty-seven per cent of Americans now oppose the war in Afghanistan and 40 per cent see it as not winnable, according to a poll published by CNN.

The poll showed record levels of opposition to the eight-year-old conflict, as US President Barack Obama struggles to reinvigorate strategy and lift public opinion.

The White House has acknowledged the situation is Afghanistan is “serious” but has insisted that success is achievable.

According to the CNN commissioned poll, 40 per cent of the 1,010 Americans polled did not share that optimism and said war was not winnable.

It is the latest bout of bad news for the Obama administration, which has come under fire from lawmakers for failing to rally support for the war.

In July, 54 per cent of those polled said they were against the war, already steeply up on 46 per cent in April.

Obama is soon expected to receive a report from his field commanders on how to proceed in the conflict he has dubbed the most vital in the US struggle against terrorism.

The poll was conducted in the last four days of August had has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.