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More Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan than any other recent American conflict


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A CNN/ Opinion Research poll released Monday showed 82 percent of Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan, the greatest rate of opposition to a conflict in recent American history.

Opposition during the Iraq and Vietnam wars never rose above seven in 10 Americans, according to CNN.

Even with a vast majority of troops set to leave Afghanistan by 2014, most Americans want to see a faster withdrawal. And just one-third perceive the United States as winning the conflict.

“Those numbers show the war in Afghanistan with far less support than other conflicts,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Opposition to the Iraq war never got higher than 69 (percent) in CNN polling while U.S. troops were in that country, and while the Vietnam War was in progress, no more than six in 10 ever told Gallup’s interviewers that war was a mistake.”