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ZEUS/ROBBINS- Major Afghanistan poll-United States voters
New York; Vancouver, Canada; Sydney, Australia.  Dec 08, 2009

A telephone sample of 3,783 U.S. citizens who are also 'voters', between November 24 and December 4, 2009. A 'voter' in this context is derived from the question -- did you vote in the most recent U.S. election for President in November 2008(?). Scientific margin for error is approximately (1.45%)--we believe that after adjusting for 'regional' population bases--and averaging through Strategic Calling Environments -- and using averaging the MOE is likely under (.75%).

Question #1
Do you support additional troops being deployed to Afghanistan?
Yes    51.82 %
No    39.66 %
Commentary
(19.32%) of U.S. citizens who are (1) voters, and (2) 'Democrats' "support additional troops being deployed to Afghanistan, while (21.62%) of the same 'category' do not.
(26.52%) of U.S. citizens who are (1) voters, and (2) 'Republicans' "support additional troops being deployed to Afghanistan, while (11.31%) of the same category do not.
(4.84%) of U.S. citizens who are (1) voters, and (2) 'Independent' "support additional troops, while (5.17%) of the same category do not.
(1.12%) of U.S. citizens who are (1) voters, and (2) are not Democrats, Repubicans, or 'Independent' (Other/Undecided) "support additional troops, while (1.56%) do not.
In this major ZEUS/ROBBINS poll of U.S. citizens who are "voters" and predominantly either related to one of the two major parties, or are 'Independent' -- we can see that Americans are clearly divided over the matter of additional troops ("surge") going to fight in Afghanistan.
A majority of Democrats do not support the surge, however the division is 50/50 or thereabouts.
Republicans both before President Obama's speech and after supported additional troops in the majority - no matter -- apparently -- the conditions under which these additional troops are sent.
'Independents' like Democrats are split along ideological/party lines.
We did not poll the President's popularity, however anecdotally we have no evidence of anger with the President -- however questions of specific personal popularity might be overshadowed by the more serious nature of the question.

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