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Poll: Bipartisan Majority Supports Afghan Surge

11:58 AM, Dec 4, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 56 percent of Americans support sending more troops to Afghanistan (38 percent say the 30,000 Obama's sending is "about right," while 16 percent say that number is "too low"); 36 percent say that number of troops is "too high."

Fifty-one percent support Obama's plan in general, while 40 percent oppose it. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans back Obama's plan:

Fifty-six percent of Republicans and 58% of Democrats support Obama's plan - even though Democrats also are inclined to say that fewer troops should be sent and that they should be pulled out sooner.

"We're used to these vast gulfs between Republicans and Democrats on Afghanistan," Republican pollster Whit Ayres says. "The fact that a Democratic president came out with a position on it has evaporated the difference between the two parties."

Independents are the most skeptical, dividing 45%-44%.

Hat tip: Washington Post