Poll: Afghan support for Taliban declining

By PATRICK QUINN | November 15, 2011 | 12:20 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new survey says that support for the Taliban among Afghans has steadily declined in recent years and people are feeling a growing sense of insecurity.

The survey released Tuesday by the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation also found that an overwhelming majority of Afghan adults — 82 percent — back reconciliation and reintegration efforts with insurgent groups.

The number of people who said they sympathized with the aims of the Taliban has dropped to 29 percent. That's compared to 40 percent last year and 56 percent in 2009.

The survey, which was partly funded by the U.S., was conducted among 6,348 adults in July in all of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, excluding some dangerous areas.