WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. public support for the war in Iraq has fallen faster to record lows than during the Vietnam and Korean wars, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Just seven months into the Iraq war, a Gallup poll found that the percentage who viewed sending troops as a mistake had jumped substantially from 25 percent in March 2003 to 40 percent in October 2003.
Starting in June 2004, more than half the public -- 54 percent -- thought the United States had made a mistake, and that figure stands in the most recent polls.
With Vietnam, that 50-percent threshold was not crossed until several years passed to August 1968. With Korea, it was March 1952, about a year and a half into U.S. involvement.
Now, 42 percent of Americans say the United States should "mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own," the newspaper said.
Pew Research Center director Andrew Kohut said that figure is similar to how the public felt in the mid-1970s, at the end of the Vietnam War, and in the 1990s, at the end of the cold war.