Support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped to an all time low, possibly rendering it the most unpopular war ever in American history, according to a new CNN survey.
The poll released Monday found that 82 percent of the American public opposes the war, with only 17 percent firmly standing behind it.
The disapproval number is significantly up from four years ago, when only 46 percent of individuals asked opposed the war.
“Those numbers show the war in Afghanistan with far less support than other conflicts,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Opposition to the Iraq war never got higher than 69% in CNN polling while U.S. troops were in that country, and while the Vietnam War was in progress, no more than six in 10 ever told Gallup’s interviewers that war was a mistake.”
According to the poll, 57 percent of people think the conflict is not going well for the U.S. and only a third think America is winning.
“Independents have a much gloomier view of the war in Afghanistan than Republicans or Democrats,” Holland said. “That may be because a Republican president started the war and a Democratic president has continued it, so there may be some residual support among people who identify with either party.”
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