Poll: On 10th anniversary, most see Iraq war as mistake

Fifty-three percent say their country “made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq,” according to a new Gallup poll released on Monday. Forty-two percent say the decision was not a mistake.

The current 53 percent mark is down from a high of 63 percent, in April 2008, who saw the war as the wrong decision.

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The poll shows a sharp split between the two parties, with 66 percent of those who identify as Republicans or lean GOP saying the war was not a mistake. Thirty percent say sending troops to Iraq was a mistake. Among Democrats, respondents split 73-22, overwhelmingly calling the war a mistake.

Republicans say the war in Afghanistan was not a mistake by a 66-31 split, with Democrats calling the war a mistake with a 56-40 split.

Older voters are more likely to peg the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as mistakes. Fifty-nine percent of those 65 and older say the Iraq War a mistake to 50 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds.

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the war. President Obama fulfilled his campaign promise, pulling out U.S. troops from the country more than a year ago. 

Since the U.S. departure, the country’s fragile democracy has been beset by sectarian tensions and rising violence.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in an interview on CNN cautioned it was “too soon to tell” if the Iraq War would be a success story.

"We may not know the answers to those questions for another 10 or 15 years," said Gates.

The poll was conducted from March 7 to 10 and has a 4-point margin of error.