03 Dec 2007

PR# 2007-725

Poll: Afghan population supports ISAF mission

KABUL, Afghanistan – A poll conducted for several major news media organizations indicates that a vast majority of Afghans approve of the ISAF and U.S.-led Coalition presence in the country.

72% of respondents approve of the Coalition presence, while 67% support the ISAF presence.  68% said that the international troops are doing a good job.  A full 92% of Afghans are opposed or strongly opposed to the Taliban.  75% of those polled said that attacks against ISAF and Coalition forces are completely unjustified, whereas jihadi fighters from other countries are opposed by 83% of the respondents.

“This poll and others previously released clearly show that the Afghan people are strongly behind our efforts as we work to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to rebuild the country after so many years of conflict,” said Brig. Gen. Carlos Branco, ISAF Spokesman.  “These results also strongly indicate that the Taliban have failed to influence the civilian population in any significant way despite their best efforts at propaganda and media manipulation.”   

The poll, the results of which were released today, was conducted during the time period 28 Oct. to 17 Nov. by the New York based Charney Research for ABC News, ARD and the BBC.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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