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In April, when President JOE BIDEN announced plans to withdraw U.S. troops, he said “it’s time to end the forever war,” a sentiment consistently backed up by the American public in opinion polls in recent years.
Gut wrenching videos and images of the Kabul airport aside, the White House still believes the politics of withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan will ultimately work in the president’s favor.
Biden’s advisers for months had been downplaying the potential for political blowback over the troop withdrawal, pointing to survey data that showed a majority of voters wanted to bring troops home — or were simply tired of being involved in a war. There was also a push to focus on other strategic threats abroad, like Russia and North Korea.
West Wing Playbook asked the White House for specific polling the administration used to bolster its claims of American support for Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops by this fall. They sent us back nine polls, one dating back to a YouGov September 2018 poll under President DONALD TRUMP’s administration, which showed 64 percent of Americans believed the U.S. should “decrease the number of troops” or “remove all troops from …….