Most Americans, Europeans Pessimistic About Afghanistan but Support NATO

While a transatlantic opinion gap still exists on certain security topics, the 2011 Transatlantic Trends Report has revealed notable shifts in public opinion on some key security policies. For the first time, a majority of Americans (56%) were pessimistic about the prospects of stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan, and European pessimism remained high (66%). American and European responses were nearly identical on several major security policy issues: 66% of U.S. and EU respondents felt that troop levels should be reduced or withdrawn from Afghanistan; 62% felt that NATO is essential; and three-quarters of Europeans and Americans remained concerned about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

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