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Almost half of Americans (49%) think the U.S. has "mostly failed" in Afghanistan, a new Pew Research survey has found.

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Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Note: Survey question changed in 2014 from "Do you now believe that the U.S. will definitely succeed, probably succeed, probably fail, or definitely fail" to "has mostly succeeded or mostly failed"; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: Sunday is the 17-year anniversary of the war. Three presidents and billions of dollars later, only about one-third of Americans think the country's longest war has been a success. The country is also divided over whether it was a good idea to use military force at all: 45% say it was — down from 69% in 2005 — while 39% say it was the wrong choice.

  • Along party lines, more Republicans believe the U.S. has succeeded than Democrats: 66% of Republicans say we've succeeded vs. 31% of Democrats.

The bottom line from South Asia Deputy Director at the Wilson Center, Michael Kugelman: "Given how unpopular this war has become, it’s surprising that figure isn’t higher. Either way, those 49% are spot on: The US has indeed mostly failed in Afghanistan. No matter how you slice it, this war has gone from bad to worse. Little wonder it’s so unpopular."

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The state of play: A second exit poll showed the SPD narrowly ahead. That's the one televisions displayed at SPD headquarters in Berlin, where the room erupted into cheers. Official results will roll in throughout the evening.

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