Nineteen years later, many Americans aren’t sure who is winning the war in Afghanistan, even as the United States continues to maintain troops in the region. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, half (53%) of American’s say they aren’t sure if the United States is winning or losing the war in Afghanistan. The high lack of certainty could be because the United States continues to reduce its number of troops in the region, and earlier this year, President Donald Trump announced a formal agreement “to bring our people back home” from Afghanistan.
Despite this, three in 10 (29%) Americans say they think the US is losing the war, compared to 18 percent who say the US is winning. Republicans (33%) are more likely than Independents (15%) and Democrats (10%) to say the United States is winning the war in Afghanistan.