Nearly half of state voters support the withdrawal of U.S. troops and civilians from Afghanistan but disapprove of how the Biden administration went about it, according to a new Minnesota Poll. And 46% — including half of Republicans polled — said that America’s two decades of military intervention in that country was not worth it.
“This getting out of Afghanistan happened really fast — I don’t think [Biden] really got enough guidance on that,” said Frank Roder, a 73-year-old retiree in Montevideo. He added that not only had the troops left behind a lot of military equipment that the Taliban could use, but the U.S. also “had to fight to get some of the people out, and I don’t know if all the people are out yet.”
The poll of 800 Minnesota registered voters was sponsored by the Star Tribune, KARE, MPR and FRONTLINE, and conducted one month after the Taliban took control over Afghanistan and the U.S. moved to end 20 years of military intervention there. As the U.S. prepares to take in up to 50,000 evacuees, slightly more than half — 53% — of voters said they support the resettlement of Afghans in their community. That figure climbs to 67% for residents polled in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
April Schuefftan welcomes the prospect of Afghans rebuilding their lives in Eden Prairie, where she lives in an apartment building that is already home to many refugees and immigrants. “There’s a great school district out here. … There are a lot of programs in Eden Prairie that can help them,” said Schuefftan, a 60-year-old personal care assistant.
Source : StareTribune