Americans Don’t Support Eternal War in Afghanistan

After more than 15 years of war in Afghanistan, a majority of Americans have said the Afghanistan War — which began in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — was a mistake in the first place.   According to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this month, only 23 percent of voters said they believe the U.S. is winning the war in Afghanistan. Thirty-eight percent said the U.S. is losing the war, and 39 percent said they have no opinion. Trump approval among male respondents, 43 percent, ran far ahead of his approval rating among women: 29 percent.

In November 2001 — roughly a month into the conflict — only 9 percent of Americans told Gallup pollsters that they thought the U.S. made a mistake in sending military forces to Afghanistan; 89 percent said it wasn’t a mistake.