A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans support the President’s decision to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his duty in Afghanistan.According to the poll, 53% of Americans overall support the move, while only 30% disapprove. And while a majority of Americans approve of Obama firing McChrystal, 37% of Americans believe that reprimanding the general, but not removing him from command, would have been a better way to handle the situation. (Thirty-eight percent consider removing McChrystal to have been the best thing to do.)
Sixty-four percent of those who have been following the story “very closely” approve of Obama’s actions.
Last week, Rolling Stone published an explosive profile in which the general and his aides were quoted disparaging the administration. In the wake of the piece, Obama dismissed McChrystal, and replaced him with Gen. David Petraeus.