More people in the United States now view the war in Afghanistan as a mistake, according to a new Gallup poll.
For the first time since the war began in 2001, nearly 50 percent of the public said the war was a mistake, according to the poll released on Wednesday.
By contrast, 48 percent said the war was not a mistake.
About two months after the invasion, Gallup found fewer than 1-in-10 people said the war was a mistake — the most positive rating the public has given a war since the Korean War in 1950.
The poll found 59 percent of Democrats and those who lean that way said the war was a mistake.
Gallup conducted the poll Feb. 6-9 and has been asking the “mistake” question during every American war since 1950.
The war in Afghanistan has now lasted more than 12 years, becoming America’s longest war. President Obama aims to withdraw a majority of troops by the end of the year.
The U.S. has been waiting for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement that would allow a few thousand residual U.S. forces to remain after 2014. Karzai, however, has refused to sign the deal.