Almost half of Americans think the United States has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan after some 17 years into a war that was supposed to end the rule of Taliban and resolve the issue of terrorism in the South Asian country, a new poll shows.
The survey released by Pew Research Center on Friday showed that 49 percent of American adults said Washington had mostly failed in fulfilling its objective while 35 percent said it had succeeded.
Another 16 percent noted they couldn’t say whether the US has succeeded or failed in the years-long war.
The survey shows little difference compared to its previous iterations in 2014 and 2015, when opinions about the US military mission were similarly more negative than positive among Americans.
It was a different story between 2009 and 2011, however, as most people were optimistic when asked whether the US would be successful.
Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, around 48…