Poll: 56% of U.S. adults support Obama’s apology for the Koran-burning

posted at 5:57 pm on March 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Good news for O, with even a sizable minority of Republicans — 37 percent — backing him.

Is this good news too?

While the spasm of violence that erupted following the incident on a NATO base in Afghanistan does not appear to have significantly altered Americans’ perspective on the war, 66 percent of those polled also said Washington should bring its troops home immediately

Some 76 percent of Democrats said U.S. troops should be withdrawn immediately, compared with 53 percent of Republicans. Seventy percent of independents favored an immediate withdrawal.

I wrote last week that I was eager to see how Republican opinion on withdrawal might tilt after Koran-apalooza. There you go — a clear majority, and the overall number who support immediate withdrawal also seems to be several points higher than it was last summer. But never mind that. If you really want a sense of how strong the wind is blowing here, read this. The Senate’s hawk of hawks, thisclose to washing his hands of the whole project in exasperation?

[Lindsey] Graham, who has been one of the strongest congressional supporters for continuing the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan beyond 2014, said today that unless Karzai relents on his demands that the United States immediately hand over control of Afghan prisoners and end night raids against insurgents, there is no way the U.S. can achieve its objectives in Afghanistan and therefore should just end its involvement there.

“If the president of the country can’t understand how irrational it is to expect us to turn over prisoners and if he doesn’t understand that the night raids have been the biggest blow to the Taliban … then there is no hope of winning. None,” Graham said in the hallways of the Capitol Building just before entering the GOP caucus lunch.

“So if he insists that all the prisoners have to be turned over by March 9 and that we have to stop night raids, that means we will fail in Afghanistan and that means Lindsey Graham pulls the plug. It means that I no longer believe we can win and we might as well get out of there sooner rather than later.”

Remember, the Ulema Council in Afghanistan has tried to use the Koran riots as leverage to get the U.S. to hand over Bagram prison to the government. At last check this morning, they might be on track: An Afghan government source claims the two sides are discussing a six-month timeline to transfer control of the country’s prisons, with some possibly being transferred immediately. If NATO follows through on that, and if the White House follows through on plans to free certain Gitmo detainees as a goodwill gesture to the Taliban, you may see McCain, Graham, and the last remaining hawkish stalwarts in Congress finally shift towards pulling out. Exit question: Are polls like this helpful or unhelpful to Obama? On the one hand, he now has all the political cover he could need to withdraw. On the other hand, it probably doesn’t strengthen our negotiating position with Karzai, Pakistan, and the Taliban if everyone knows that Americans are more anxious than ever to pull the plug, huh?

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Let’s just level the place when we leave and let that be a warning to Syria and Iran.

DevilsPrinciple on March 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM

That would be an improvement. Afghanistan is the anus of planet Earth.

slickwillie2001 on March 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Just leave.

A negotiating position with Afghanistan is irrelevant because the Afghan government has no will or capacity to follow through on any promises.

David Blue on March 7, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Where is the underlying data? I looked all over the Ipsos site and can’t find it or even any mention of the poll. Shouldn’t the availability of underlying data be a requirement for poll-posting on HA? Without it, for all we know, this poll could be a figment of this Reuters writer’s imagination. I certainly wouldn’t put it past them.

WhatSlushfund on March 7, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Ipsos is a France-headquartered company, btw. Just sayin. And, of course, Reuters is a UK company. And the writer, Missy Ryan, is a Georgetown grad. Which means, well, you know…

WhatSlushfund on March 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

And the writer, Missy Ryan, is a Georgetown grad. Which means, well, you know…

WhatSlushfund on March 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

…she pulled the statistics out of her……uh……hat! Yeah that’s it.

infidel4life on March 7, 2012 at 3:11 AM

I didn’t ask the question…….fake poll……again.

lilium479 on March 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM


FineasFinn on March 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Right, and I have a Brooklyn Bridge for sale cheap. My guess is that 75% of this country feels differently then the leftist 56% poll

HAGGS99 on March 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Richard Chamberlain learned that appeasement does not work. It never has worked. It will not work again. But hope springs eternal that this time Bullwinkle will pull a rabbit out of his hat. It’s not going to happen.

We are demonstrating out cupidity and stupidity. And we’re getting what we deserved. We the people voted for Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their baggage. There’s probably no hope for this nation. What needs to be done would not be supported by the effective majority who are benefiting from the freebies the electorate is voting itself.

I am starting to wonder why I care. Statistically speaking I have maybe a decade ahead of me. I guess I don’t want to die with the nation of liberty I’ve supported all my life is on its death bed. It’s you young suckers who will have to live with it. And your peers are the ones getting us deeper and deeper into this doodoo.


herself on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

This entire article is BS gibberish. I do not for one second believe that a majority of Republicans or Independents believe Ozero should grovel about burning the Koran. Groveling libs, though … yep.

Samantha on March 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

That just means that 56% of the poll are just plain STUPID!?!

Colatteral Damage on March 8, 2012 at 7:21 PM