Losing hearts and minds, at home and in Iraq

Fifty-five percent of Americans say the war was a "mistake," and only 31 percent say the U.S. is winning.

Published February 22, 2006 2:56PM (EST)

The destruction of one of Iraq's most sacred Shiite shrines won't make the war any more popular there, and a new Gallup Poll shows that the war isn't exactly winning a lot of converts here, either. Fifty-five percent of Americans now say it was a "mistake" to go to war in Iraq -- just shy of the record high hit in the wake of Hurricane Katrina -- and a record-low 31 percent say that America is winning the war. Fifty-five percent say that no one is winning, and 10 percent say the insurgents are.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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