Poll: US, Allies, Kabul Gov’t Losing Ground In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON—A new poll suggests that the Afghan people may be losing faith in their government and some of its top allies.

The poll finds the number of Afghans who say their country is headed in the right direction has dropped from 77 percent in 1995 to 40 percent now.

The poll was conducted by ABC News, the BBC and ARD German TV.

The poll also suggests a drop in popular Afghan support of efforts by U.S. and European troops to help the country in its fight against militants.

President Barack Obama has assigned high priority to the Afghanistan conflict. Yet his election doesn't seem to hold much promise among the Afghan people. Only two in 10 think Obama will make things better for them. Nearly as many think he will make things worse.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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