Nearly two out of three people believe American forces will have to return to Afghanistan to fight against terrorism, according to a new poll.
Sixty-two percent of the 1,210 people who were surveyed in Quinnipiac’s latest poll, which was released on Tuesday, believe forces will have to go back to Afghanistan, while only 28% believe that won’t be necessary.
There is a partisan divide among those who believe a return will be needed: 83% of Republicans believe it will happen, while only 38% of Democratic respondents said the same.
Democratic respondents also overwhelmingly agreed (85%) with President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all troops, while 62% approve his handling of the withdrawal compared to the 27% Republicans who believe Biden made the right choice and the 8% who are supportive of how the withdrawal ended.
Additionally, 90% of Democratic respondents shared their belief that Biden made the right choice to end the war in Afghanistan while just below half, 48%, of Republican respondents said the same.
Biden withdrew all U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the end of August, though not before the Taliban overthrew the Afghan military and government that the United States had trained and supported. The U.S. and its NATO allies spent the last two weeks of the 20-year war rescuing third-party nationals and Afghan allies who would be in danger under the Taliban regime.
U.S. intelligence officials warned about the possibility that al Qaeda, among other terror organizations, could obtain the means to attack the U.S. homeland within a year or two, at least in part because of the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and the lack of means to gather intelligence in the country.
The Western countries rescued more than 120,000 people during the month, including approximately 6,000 Americans, though hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies were left behind when the U.S. left.
Ninety-one percent of Democrat and 72% of Republican respondents said they support accepting Afghan refugees who assisted the U.S. during the war, while those numbers dip to 87% and 30% respectively, when asked about all Afghan refugees.
The poll was conducted from Sept. 10-13, and there is a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.
Washington Examiner Videos
Original Author: Mike Brest