Poll: Americans Are Divided About The Afghanistan War in 2014

Poll: Americans are divided about the Afghanistan War in 2014

Image: "Afghanistan on the globe (Afro-Eurasia centered)" by TUBS, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.de
Image: “Afghanistan on the globe (Afro-Eurasia centered)” by TUBS, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.de

A new Gallup poll found that in 2014, Americans are approximately evenly divided on the Afghanistan War.

49 percent now think that it was a mistake to send troops, 48 percent think it was not a mistake.

This is a significant shift in popular opinion after twelve years of war.

In 2001, when Gallup asked the same question, only 9 percent thought sending troops to Afghanistan was a mistake while 89 percent did not.

Despite popular opinion, the Obama administration attempted to pressure Afghan President Karzai to sign an agreement allowing U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan much longer and now considers waiting until Karzai leaves office to find a successor more friendly to U.S. plans of keeping a military presence in the country.

 

Poll: Americans Drink Less Beer, Turn Towards Wine And Liquor

Poll: Americans Drink Less Beer, Turn Towards Wine And Liquor

Americans are slowly turning away from beer as their alcoholic beverage of choice, a Gallup poll from July 2013 finds.

As the Atlantic reports, the last twenty years have seen a decline in the popularity of beer and an increase in the popularity of both liquor and wine among both black and white Americans.

Beer is not as popular among Americans as it was twenty years ago. A collection of rare beer cans. Beer Cans-1 By Visitor7 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABeer_Cans-1.jpg
Beer is not as popular among Americans as it was twenty years ago. A collection of rare beer cans. Beer Cans-1 By Visitor7 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABeer_Cans-1.jpg

Here are some of the Atlantic’s explanations for the trend:

  • A general higher awareness of healthy living.
  • The (white) working class is suffering from the economic crises in the early 2000s and since 2008.
  • Since the late 1990s, liquor ads have been shown on television.
  • Americans are discovering affordable and tasty wine while the exports of American wines are increasing.

Read more:

U.S. Drinkers Divide Between Beer and Wine as Favorite.” (Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup, 2013/08/01)

Why Are American Drinkers Turning Against Beer?” (Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 2013/08/05)

American Voters’ Priorities in 2012 (Gallup Poll)

A Gallup/USA Today poll from July 30, 2012 found that American voters overall see the following issues as top priorities (rated ‘Extremely/Very Important’) in the upcoming presidential election:

  1. jobs (92%)
  2. reducing corruption in the federal government (87%)
  3. reducing the federal budget deficit (86%)
  4. dealing with terrorism and other international threats (86%)
  5. securing Medicare and Social Security in the long term (85%)
  6. improving public schools (83%)

The full list is longer and features more items.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment has declined slightly since 2010:

July 2008: 5.8%
July 2009: 9.5%
July 2010: 9.5%
July 2011: 9.1%
July 2012: 8.3%