REPORT: Public Support for Iraq War In Fast Decline Since 2003

Monday marks the four-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. President Bush still believes launching this war was the right decision, and that it has been worth the cost in blood, money, damaged security and lost international reputation. The American public strongly disagrees.

American Progress fellow Ruy Teixeira has tracked polls on public support for the war since March 2003 on two key questions: 1) whether going to war was a mistake, and 2) whether the war has been worth fighting. The results:

Teixeira notes that the 59 percent ‘mistake’ figure is now “just about as high as the peak response Gallup received to an analogous question during the Vietnam war (61 percent).”

The trend is clear: the vast majority of Americans do not approve of the Iraq war, now more than ever.


For a history of the Iraq war, see our timeline HERE.