08/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gallup Poll: Iraq War A "Mistake," Says 58 % Of US Public

Fifty-eight percent of the American public now believes the invasion of Iraq was a "mistake," according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup found this to be a generally rising trend since 2003, when three quarters of the public supported the war. Opposition peaked out at 63 percent in the first half of 2008.

While the consensus is that going into Iraq was a mistake in the first place, 56 percent believe we have made progress, and say things are now "going well" for the United States and its goals in the region.

Today, only 40 percent of the populace thinks the war is going "totally badly," unlike early in 2007, when 71 percent thought so.

United States involvement in Afghanistan has been much more favorable among the public, and similar to Iraq, just over half think things are going well. Still, opposition to the Afghan war has also risen dramatically since 2002.

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