Afghans Head to Polls as Americans Sour on War

Majority of Americans have lost faith in war effort

Thousands of polling centers opened across Afghanistan Thursday despite Taliban threats of violence, while a new poll stateside revealed plunging American support for the war.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to win reelection unless his challenger can force a runoff, The Associated Press reported. Reporters observed low initial turnout, likely the result of rising violence and disillusionment with government corruption.

Meanwhile, a majority of Americans have now lost faith in the Afghan war effort, with three-quarters saying no more U.S. troops should be sent to the beleaguered country, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll found slightly more Americans who agree the U.S. is winning the war (42%) than losing it (36%). But seven of 10 Democrats say the fight has not been worth its cost, according to the poll. Among the president's base -- liberals -- strong approval of Obama's handling of the war has plunged by 20 percentage points.  

Read More: MSNBC, Washington Post

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