December 8, 2009
12/8: Slight Bounce in Obama’s Policy in Afghanistan
47% of registered voters nationwide approve of how President Barack Obama is handling the war in Afghanistan while 43% disapprove. There has been a slight improvement for the president on this question since Marist last asked it October. At that time, 43% approved while 45% disapproved.
There has also been a slight change in support among the parties. More Republican voters currently support the president’s actions in Afghanistan compared with Marist’s October survey. 32% say they approve of his management while 24% thought this way two months ago. Mr. Obama has also received greater backing from Independent voters. Independents currently divide with 46% saying they agree with the president and 47% reporting they disagree. In October, 39% approved of how the president was dealing with the war while 51% disapproved.
However, the president’s base is eroding. Although a majority of Democrats still approve of how President Obama is managing the conflict, fewer voters in this group view his handling of the war positively. 58% support the president’s plan today compared with 62% two months ago.