I will admit that I was wrong, not that anyone really gives a crap. When we first decided to invade Iraq, my initial reaction was "why would we do that"...it just didnt make sense to me. Ultimately, as a good conservative (at the time), I figured that some really smart people in Washington must have a legitimate reason to invade Iraq & therefore began to support the cause for war, whatever the justification was from one month to the next. Many, many heated arguments with friends who couldn't understand my perspective ensued, and I doggedly supported the re-election of Bush in 2004.
By the end of 2005, I realized what a mistake the war was. I realized that you need to trust your gut, and not what your political party of choice is feeding you. I was so disgusted with the ongoing attempt to spin the war that I became a registered Independent.
Many people are in the same boat as me on the war, they just are too prideful to admit they were wrong. 53% is not an accurate reflection of how people truly feel about the war. The 42% that think it was the right decision, largely believe that because their party tells them to.