(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Afghanistan’s president is well positioned to secure a victory in an upcoming ballot but he may have to face a contender in a run-off vote, according to a poll by Glevum Associates. 45 per cent of respondents would vote for Hamid Karzai in this month’s election.
Public opinion is drifting away from the conflict formerly known as the œglobal war on terrorism.
Gabriela Perdomo – While the Obama administration has been steadfast in its decision to ban the term "war on terror", there is no such thing as a global sentiment regarding the military operations in Afghanistan. As its eight anniversary approaches, the multinational effort is becoming harder to understand and easier to reject in the countries that supply the soldiers for it.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in Finland think the country has the right number of troops working in Afghanistan right now, according to a poll by Taloustutkimus published in Aamulehti. 55 per cent of respondents say the government should keep the same number of soldiers engaged in the current Afghan mission.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The majority of people in New Zealand agree with their government’s decision to extend the stay of a non-combat military mission in Afghanistan, according to a poll by Research New Zealand. 61 per cent of respondents favour the resolution to keep 140 troops working in reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan until September 2010.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The majority of people in Italy want their country’s troops serving in Afghanistan to return home but they have different opinions on when, according to a poll by IPR Marketing published in La Repubblica. 22 per cent of respondents support an immediate troop removal, while 34 per cent say a gradual withdrawal would be better.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Adults in the Netherlands hold dissimilar views on the scope of their country’s future commitment to Afghanistan, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. 43 per cent of respondents would keep a limited number of Dutch soldiers in the country after 2010, while 31 per cent would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Adults in the United States remain supportive of their country’s military engagement in Afghanistan, but people in Britain and Canada are considerably less enthusiastic about the mission, according to a three-country poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 55 per cent of American respondents support the military operation in Afghanistan, but only 43 per cent of Canadians and 39 per cent of Britons concur.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in the United States are still under the impression that their country is facing a major challenge in Afghanistan, according to a poll by the New York Times and CBS News. 55 per cent of respondents say the war is going badly for the U.S, up two points since April.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A large majority of people in Afghanistan want the government to make amends with the Taliban, according to a poll by the International Republican Institute. 68 per cent of respondents share this view, while 14 per cent oppose it.
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Three-in-ten Afghans are ready to support the incumbent president in this year’s ballot, according to a poll by the International Republican Institute. 31 per cent of respondents would vote for Hamid Karzai in the election.