Now 49% of Americans say it was a mistake for the U.S. to go to war in Afghanistan.
More Americans now think it was a mistake for the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in 2001.
A new Gallup poll shows 49% of Americans say the U.S. should not have gone to war, with 48% responding that the conflict was justified.
This marks the first time since 2001 that the majority had a negative view of the war.
Data from 2001 to 2014 shows how war fatigue has set in over time.
In November 2001, when the public was first polled shortly after the attacks of 9/11 and the Afghan invasion, an overwhelming 89% believed the war was not a mistake, with only 9% expressing concern over the conflict.
“Clearly, in the turbulent atmosphere and general ‘rally effect’ environment that followed 9/11, Americans were overwhelmingly supportive of the decision to send the U.S. military to Afghanistan,” the polling group said.
Support for the conflict actually grew in January 2002, when 93% said the invasion was the right decision.
Over time support began to drop and by March 2013, 51% believed it was not a mistake and 44% said it was a mistake.
Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. retaliation to the attacks on September 11th, began in October 2001.