Eric Dienstfrey | March 18, 2009
USA Today / Gallup
3/14-15/09; 2.021 adults
Iraq questions: 1,024 adults; Afghanistan questions: 997 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews
"Forty-two percent of Americans now say the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Afghanistan, up from 30% earlier this year and establishing a new high. Meanwhile, the 53% who say the Iraq war is a mistake is down slightly from 56% in January, and 60% last summer."
"Now, just 38% of Americans say things are going well for the United States in Afghanistan. That is down from 44% in January and is the lowest Gallup has found since it first asked this question in September 2006."
"That increasingly optimistic view about Iraq extends to Americans' perceptions of the United States' chances for ultimate success in that war. Sixty-four percent now believe the United States can win the war, and 42% believe it will do so. Both are the best assessments Gallup has measured since June 2006."