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All data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older. Polls listed chronologically.

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Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 24-25, 2002. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"...How important is it that Bush first get [see below] before taking military action against Iraq? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important?"

Very Somewhat Not Too Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

"Support from most of our European allies"

10/24-25/02 61 24 7 5 3
10/10-11/02 60 29 5 4 2
9/26-27/02 58 28 6 6 2
9/12-13/02 57 30 5 6 2
8/28-29/02 58 28 7 5 2
   

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"Formal support from the United Nations"

10/24-25/02 61 23 6 8 2
10/10-11/02 57 28 6 7 2
9/26-27/02 59 25 4 10 2
9/12-13/02 55 28 6 9 2
8/28-29/02 55 26 8 9 2
   

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"Support from most of the Arab countries that are friendly to the United States"

10/24-25/02 52 28 8 8 4
10/10-11/02 47 33 8 9 3
9/26-27/02 52 30 7 9 2
9/12-13/02 48 31 8 11 2
8/28-29/02 51 30 8 8 3

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"Which ONE of the following statements comes closer to your opinion about how soon the U.S. should take military action against Iraq? It is important to take military action in the next month or so, even if many of our allies continue to oppose it. OR, It would be better to delay military action to try to get more support from our allies, even if it gives Saddam more time to prepare for an attack and try to develop weapons of mass destruction."

  10/24-25 10/10-11 9/26-27
    % % %
Important to take action in next month or so 37 42 41
Better to try to get more support from allies 50 49 48
Should not attack Iraq at any time (vol.) 4 2 3
Don't know 9 7 8

 

Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor poll conducted by TIPP, the polling arm of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence. Oct. 7-13, 2002. N=912 adults nationwide. MoE 3.3.

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"Do you believe Saddam Hussein is an IMMEDIATE THREAT to the US or not?"

Is Is Not Unsure
% % %
10/7-13/02 63 31 5
9/3-8/02 60 33 7

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"How important do you think it is for the United States to take military action within the next six months in order to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq? Would you say . . . ?"

Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Very
Important
Not at All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
10/7-13/02 46 29 13 9 3
9/3-8/02 37 35 15 9 3

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"In the event that UN weapons inspections begin, do you think an Iraqi regime change would still be necessary or not?"

Would Be Would
Not Be
Unsure
% % %
10/7-13/02 70 20 10
9/3-8/02 68 21 11

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"In your mind, is there enough of a link between Iraq and TERRORISM to justify a U.S. military campaign to try to topple the regime of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein OR does the U.S. need to offer more evidence?"

Is
Enough
Of a Link
Need
More
Evidence
Unsure
% % %
10/7-13/02 50 45 5
9/3-8/02 48 45 7

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 10-11, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Please tell me whether or not you would support the following kinds of U.S. military action against Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein. What about organizing an INTERNATIONAL force to remove Saddam Hussein from power and take control of the country? Would you support this kind of military action or not?"

Would
Support
Would
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
10/10-11/02 72 21 7
9/26-27/02 69 23 8
9/12-13/02 75 20 5
8/28-29/02 69 25 6

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 3-6, 2002. N=1,502 adults nationwide. MoE 3. (total sample).

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"Do you think the United States has done all it can do to solve the crisis with Iraq diplomatically, or not?"

Has Has Not Unsure  
% % %  
10/3-6/02 46 49 5  

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"Would you be more likely to vote for your representative from Congress if that person voted [rotate:] in favor of sending ground troops to Iraq, OR if that person voted against sending ground troops to Iraq -- or would it not make a difference to your vote either way?" Form B (N=750, MoE 4)

In Favor Against No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
10/3-6/02 33 22 40 5
9/13-16/02 26 16 56 2

 

ABC News Poll. Oct. 2-6, 2002. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

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"What do you think should be a higher priority for the United States right now: [rotate] tracking down and capturing al Qaeda members, OR disarming Iraq and removing Saddam Hussein from power?"

  %

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Iraq and Saddam Hussein 46

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Al Qaeda 30

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Both (vol.) 13

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Neither (vol.) 6

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No opinion 6

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"Do you think the United States can handle [rotate:] the current war on terrorism AND a war with Iraq at the same time -- or should it deal with these problems one at a time?" If "One at a time": "Which one first?"

  %

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Can handle both at same time 53

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Deal with war on terrorism first 28

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Deal with war with Iraq first 12

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No opinion 7

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"Which of these two statements comes closer to your opinion? (A) The United States should not attack Iraq unless the United States is attacked first, either by Iraq or by terrorists supported by Iraq. OR, (B) The United States should be able to attack Iraq first, if it thinks Iraq or terrorists supported by Iraq might attack the United States."

  %

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Should not attack Iraq first 31

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Should be able to attack first 62

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No opinion 8

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"Which of these two statements comes closer to your opinion? (A) Diplomacy does not work with Iraq and it's about time for the United States to stop talking and take military action. OR, (B) Diplomacy with Iraq still might work and the United States should hold off on military action and keep trying for a diplomatic solution."

  %

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About time to take military action 50

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Hold off on military action 44

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No opinion 6

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CBS News/New York Times Poll. Oct. 3-5, 2002. N=668 adults nationwide. MoE 4 (total sample).

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"Do you think the President should have to get the approval of Congress before taking military action against Iraq, or should he be able to make that decision himself?"

Get
Approval
Bush's
Decision
Don't
Know
   
% % %    
10/3-5/02 70 28 2    
9/22-23/02 65 31 4    
 

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"Overall, is Congress asking too many questions about President Bush's policy toward Iraq, or isn't Congress asking enough questions?"

Too
Many
Not
Enough
About
Right (vol.)
Don't
Know
 
% % % %  
10/3-5/02 20 51 17 12  
9/22-23/02 22 44 16 18  

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"In your opinion, do you think that a war between the United States and Iraq is likely to lead to a larger war between other countries in the Middle East?" Form D (N=331)

Yes,
Likely
No, Not
Likely
Don't
Know
   
% % %    
10/3-5/02 60 36 4    

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Sept. 26-27, 2002. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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"...How important is it that Bush first get [see below] before taking military action against Iraq? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important or not at all important?"

Very Some-
what
Not
Too
Not At
All
Don't
Know
% % % % %

"The approval of Congress"

9/26-27/02 66 21 4 7 2
9/12-13/02 60 25 6 7 2
8/28-29/02 61 24 6 7 2

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has a well-thought-out plan for using military force against Iraq, or not?"

Does
Have
Does
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
9/26-27/02 49 35 16
9/12-13/02 49 34 17
4/02 47 33 20

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"Do you think President Bush and others in his Administration are DELIBERATELY using talk of war with Iraq to distract attention from other issues in this year's congressional elections, or not?"

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
Yes, deliberately 37 12 55 43
No 55 83 36 50
Don't know 8 5 9 7

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 24-25, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you support or oppose U.S. military action to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein?"
Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
9/24-25/02 58 27 15
9/8-9/02 66 22 12
8/02 69 22 9
7/02 72 18 10
4-5/02 70 20 10
1/02 74 15 11

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"Do you think Saddam Hussein will ever give weapons inspectors complete and total access, or not?"

%

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Will 18

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Will not 74

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Not sure 8

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"Are you more concerned that Iraq will attack the U.S. or are you more concerned that Iraq might supply nuclear and other weapons to terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda?"

  %

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Attack the U.S. 23

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Supply weapons to terrorists 55

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Both (vol.) 15

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Neither (vol.) 4

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Not sure 3

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"How likely do you think it is that the United Nations will enforce its existing resolutions that require Iraq give up efforts to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons? . . ."

%

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Very likely 27

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Somewhat likely 31

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Not very likely 20

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Not at all likely 12

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Not sure 10

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CBS News Poll. Sept. 22-23, 2002. N=903 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"So far, do you think the Bush Administration has clearly explained the United States position with regard to possibly attacking Iraq, or haven't they done that yet?"

Clearly
Explained
Have
Not
Don't
Know
 
% % %  
9/22-23/02 51 42 7  
9/2-5/02 27 64 9  

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"Should the United States follow the recommendations of the United Nations when it comes to taking military action against Iraq, or should the United States decide what to do on its own, regardless of what the United Nations recommends?"

Follow
UN
Decide
On Own
Don't
Know
   
% % %    
9/22-23/02 52 37 11    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 20-22, 2002. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has a clear and well-thought out policy on Iraq, or not?" Form A (N=492, MoE 5)

Does
Have
Does
Not
No
Opinion
 
% % %  
9/02 46 48 6  

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"Do you think Congress should or should not vote to give President Bush unlimited authority to use military action against Iraq whenever he feels it is necessary?"

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
 
% % %  
9/02 47 51 2  

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"Some people say they would support invading Iraq with U.S. ground troops only if certain conditions were true. For each of the following conditions, please say if you would favor or oppose invading Iraq with U.S. ground troops if it were true. How about if [see below]?"

Favor Oppose No
Opinion
 
% % %
Other countries participated in invading Iraq
9/02 79 18 3

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The United Nations supported invading Iraq
9/02 79 19 2

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Congress supported invading Iraq
9/02 69 28 3

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The United States had to invade Iraq alone
9/02 38 59 3

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The United Nations opposed invading Iraq
9/02 37 58 5

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Congress opposed invading Iraq
9/02 37 59 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 13-16, 2002. N=803 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Would you favor or oppose sending American ground troops to the Persian Gulf in an attempt to prevent Iraq from developing weapons of mass destruction, but not necessarily to remove Saddam Hussein from power?"

Favor Oppose No
Opinion
 
% % %  
9/02 65 31 4  

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"Do you think the United Nations should or should not pass a resolution that imposes a deadline on Iraq to submit to weapons inspections or face grave consequences?"

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/02 93 5 2

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"Which comes closest to your point of view about sending U.S. ground troops to Iraq? [Rotate:] The United States should send ground troops to Iraq only if the United Nations supports that action. The United States should send ground troops to Iraq even if the United Nations opposes that action. OR, The United States should not send ground troops to Iraq at all?"

Only if UN
Supports
Even if UN
Opposes
Not at All No
Opinion
% % % %
9/02 46 37 14 3

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has or has not done enough to explain to the American public why the U.S. might take military action to remove Saddam Hussein from power?"

Has Has Not No
Opinion
% % %
9/13-16/02 50 47 3
9/2-4/02 39 58 3

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"If the United States does not take military action against Saddam Hussein, do you think he will or will not eventually use weapons of mass destruction, such as biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons, against the United States?"

Will Will Not No
Opinion
% % %
9/02 72 22 6

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"When it comes to Congress, who do you think is more likely to make the right decisions regarding Iraq: [rotate] the Republicans in Congress, OR the Democrats in Congress?"

Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Neither
(vol.)
Same
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % % %
9/02 43 32 10 5 10
8/02 41 30 7 10 12

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"When do you think Congress should vote on a resolution to take military action in Iraq: before the congressional elections this November, after the congressional elections but before the end of the year, or sometime early next year?"

Before
Elections
After
Elections
Early
Next Year
Never (vol.) No
Opinion
% % % % %
9/02 55 24 15 1 5

 

ABC News Poll. Sept. 12-14, 2002. N=760 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5 (total sample). Field work by TNS Intersearch.

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"Would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq to force Saddam Hussein from power?"
Favor Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
9/12-14/02 68 29 3
8/29/02 56 34 10
8/7-11/02 69 22 9
3/02 72 24 4

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Asked of those who favor military action against Iraq:
"What if U.S. allies opposed such military action? In that case would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq?"

Favor Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
9/12-14/02 75 22 3
8/29/02 69 24 6
8/7-11/02 80 17 4
3/02 77 21 3

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"If Iraq agrees to let United Nations weapons inspectors back into the country, do you think the United States should hold off on attacking Iraq, or not?"

Should
Hold Off
Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/02 77 21 2

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"If Iraq agrees to admit the weapons inspectors, but then interferes or does not cooperate with them, in that case would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq?"

Favor Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
9/02 81 17 2

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"How important do you think it is for the United States to force Saddam Hussein from power: very important, somewhat important, not too important or not important at all?"

Very Somewhat Not Too Not at All No
Opinion
% % % % %
9/12-14/02 68 23 6 3 1
8/29/02 56 30 7 5 3

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"Do you think George W. Bush has a clear policy on Iraq, or not?"

Yes No No
Opinion
% % %
9/12-14/02 60 35 6
8/29/02 40 47 13
8/7-11/02 45 42 14

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has or has not done enough to try to win support from other countries for taking military action against Iraq?"

Has Has
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/02 54 41 5

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"What do you think would create a greater risk of further terrorism to this country -- if the United States DOES take military action against Iraq, or if the United States does NOT take military action?"

Does
Take
Action
Does Not
Take
Action
No Diff-
erence
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % %
9/12-14/02 36 55 6 3
8/29/02 40 47 8 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 8-9, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"If other countries in the international alliance oppose military action against Iraq, do you think it is more important for the U.S. to go along with its allies, or is it more important for the U.S. to maintain its ability to act alone if necessary to protect U.S. citizens?"

  %
More important to go along with allies 40
More important to maintain ability to act alone 51
Not sure 9

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 2-5, 2002. N=937 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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"Suppose U.S. military action in Iraq would result in substantial IRAQI civilian casualties, then would you favor or oppose the United States taking military action against Iraq?"

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
 
% % % %  
Favor 49 62 41 47  
Oppose 40 24 53 41  
Don't know 11 14 6 12  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 2-4, 2002. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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"Do you think it is necessary for the Bush Administration to get a resolution of support from the Congress before it attacks Iraq, or not?" Form A (N=507, MoE 5)

Yes,
Is
No,
Is Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/02 69 29 2

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"Do you think it is necessary for the Bush Administration to get a resolution of support from the United Nations before it attacks Iraq, or not?" Form B (N=496, MoE 5)

Yes,
Is
No,
Is Not
No
Opinion
% % %
9/02 68 30 2

 

ABC News Poll. Aug. 29, 2002. N=504 adults nationwide. MoE 4.5 (total sample). Field work by TNS Intersearch.

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"Just your best guess, do you think the United States is headed for war with Iraq, or not?"

Is Is
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
8/29/02 71 22 6

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"If Bush decides to go to war with Iraq, do you think he should get authorization from Congress before launching an attack, or not?"

Yes No No
Opinion
% % %
8/29/02 80 17 3
8/7-11/02 75 21 5

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Asked of those who think Bush should get authorization from Congress:
"If Bush and the Congress disagree on attacking Iraq, who should have the final decision: Bush or the Congress?"

Bush Congress No
Opinion
% % %
8/29/02 34 61 4
8/7-11/02 37 59 4

 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Aug. 22-25, 2002. N=1,372 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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ALL Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans
% % % %

"Do you think the United States should take military action in order to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, or not?"

Should 59 53 53 73
Should not 29 36 32 15
Don't know 12 11 15 12

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"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The United States should take military action against Iraq only if that military action has the support of the international community."

Agree 65 74 70 51
Disagree 27 18 25 41
Don't know 8 8 5 8

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"If the United States were to take military action against Iraq, do you think that would help to stabilize the situation in the Middle East, or do you think it would help to destabilize it, or don't you think military action against Iraq would affect the stability of that region one way or the other?"

Stabilize 23    
Destabilize 40    
No effect 20    
Don't know 17    

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"If the United States takes military action against Iraq, do you think the threat of terrorism against Americans at home and abroad would be reduced, or do you think an attack on Iraq would increase the threat of terrorism against Americans, or don't you think military action against Iraq would affect the threat of terrorism against Americans?"
Reduce threat 17    
Increase threat 66    
No effect 10    
Don't know 7    

 

The Gallup Poll. Aug. 5-8, 2002. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).
           

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"Next, turning to the issue of possible U.S. military action in Iraq: Would you say you do or do not have a clear idea why the United States is considering new military action against Iraq?"

    %        
  Yes, do 56        
  No, do not 39        
  No opinion 5        
           

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  "As far as you know, what are the reasons why the United States may take new military action against Iraq?" N=590 respondents who have a clear idea why the U.S. is considering military action (MoE 4). Multiple responses.
    %  
  Fear of chemical/biological warfare/weapons 30  
  Fear of terrorism 30  
  To promote peace/Iraq a threat to U.S. 13  
  Saddam Hussein is evil 10  
  To get rid of Saddam Hussein 6  
  Iraq will not let inspectors in/comply with treaties 6  
  Oil 4  
  Iraq had something to do with 9/11 terrorist attacks 4  
  To finish what was started years ago/what George H. W. Bush failed to do 3  
  To stabilize situation in the Middle East 2  
  Current actions are ineffective/have to do it 2  
  Other 14  
  No opinion 4  

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 6-7, 2002. N=832 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
 
% % % %  

"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States taking military action against Iraq to try and remove Saddam Hussein from power?"

Approve 66 82 59 61  
Disapprove 26 12 34 30  
Don't know 8 6 7 9  

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"Do you think the President should have to get the approval of Congress before taking military action against Iraq to try and remove Saddam Hussein from power, or should he be able to make that decision himself?"

Get approval 71 60 76 74  
Bush's decision 27 38 22 24  
Don't know 2 2 2 2  

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"Which statement do you agree with more? 1. Iraq presents such a clear danger to American interests that the U.S. needs to act now, even without the support of its allies. OR, 2. The U.S. needs to wait for its allies before taking any action against Iraq."

Act now 24 31 23 20  
Wait for allies 68 62 67 72  
Don't know 8 7 10 8  

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"Do you think removing Saddam Hussein from power is worth the potential loss of American life and the other costs of attacking Iraq, or not?"

Worth it 46 64 37 41  
Not worth it 43 26 52 47  
Don't know 11 10 11 12  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 6-7, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which country do you think is a stronger supporter of terrorism and poses the greater immediate danger to the United States: Iran or Iraq?"

Iran Iraq Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % % %
8/02 18 49 23 2 8

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"Do you support or oppose U.S. military action to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein?"
Support Oppose Not
Sure
% % %
8/02 69 22 9
7/02 72 18 10
4-5/02 70 20 10
1/02 74 15 11

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"Would you support or oppose the military action even if it means thousands of American soldiers' lives would be lost? ... Would you support or oppose the military action even if it means a war lasting up to five years?"

  Loss of
Life
Up to
5 Years
  % %
Support 52 49
Oppose 15 20
Not sure 11 9
Not asked (answered "Oppose" on preceding question) 22 22

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"Do you think Congress should have hearings to discuss the U.S. taking military action against Iraq, or would congressional hearings give away too much information?"

  %  
Should have hearings 37  
Should not have hearings 53  
Not sure 10  

 

The Gallup Poll. June 17-19, 2002. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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"Next, we'd like to ask you a few questions about Iraq. First, would you favor or oppose sending American troops back to the Persian Gulf in order to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq?" Form A (N=519, MoE 5)
Favor Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
6/02 59 34 7
11/01 74 20 6
2/01 52 42 6
6/93 70 27 3

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"As far as you are concerned, should the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq be a very important foreign policy goal of the U.S., a somewhat important goal, not too important, or not an important goal at all?"
Very
Important
Some-
what
Important
Not Too
Important
Not
Important
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
6/02 47 36 7 7 3
4/02 45 38 10 6 1
3/02 60 28 6 5 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 25-26, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the Bush Administration now has enough international support from our allies, the Arab nations, and other countries to go ahead with an attack on Iraq, OR that lack of international support prevents them from taking military action against Iraq at this time?"
  %      
  Has enough international support 31      
  Lack of support prevents action 54      
  Don't know 15      

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). April 5-7, 2002. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE 3.2.

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"Turning now to the situation in Iraq: Do you think that the United States should or should not take military action against Iraq and Saddam Hussein?"
Should Should
Not
Depends
(vol.)
Not
Sure
 
% % % %  
4/02 57 28 8 7  

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"Do you think the United States should delay taking military action against Iraq and Saddam Hussein until the situation between Israel and the Palestinians is stabilized, or do you think the United States should go ahead with its plans even if violence in the Middle East continues?"
  %  
Delay until situation is stabilized 51  
Go ahead even if violence continues 34  
Never take military action against Iraq (vol.) 6  
Not sure 9  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 22-24, 2002. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Turning to Iraq, would you favor or oppose the U.S. taking the following steps against Iraq? How about . . . ?"
Favor Oppose Not
Sure
   
% % %    
Arming and training Iraqi opposition forces but not using U.S. forces directly
  53 42 5    

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Using military air strikes but no U.S. ground troops
  67 29 4    

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Using U.S. ground troops to invade Iraq
  46 50 4    

 

The Gallup Poll. Feb. 19-21, 2001. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now thinking back to the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991: All in all, do you think the situation in the Persian Gulf region was worth going to war over or not?"
2/01 2/92 1/92
% % %
Yes, worth it 63 66 59
No, not worth it 31 32 38
No opinion 6 2 3

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"Would you favor or oppose sending American troops back to the Persian Gulf in order to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq?"
2/01 6/93 4/92
% % %
Favor 52 70 55
Oppose 42 27 40
No opinion 6 3 5

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 10-12, 2001. N=1,124 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

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ALL Rep. Dem. Ind.
% % % %
"This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Persian Gulf War against Iraq in 1991. Given the loss of life and the other costs of the war in the Persian Gulf, do you think the war to defeat Iraq was worth the cost, or not?"
Yes, worth it 51 67 45 45
No, not worth it 39 26 45 42
Don't know/No answer 10 8 9 12

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"Looking back to the way former President George Bush handled things before and after the 1991 Persian Gulf War, do you approve or disapprove of the way George Bush handled the situation with Iraq?"
Approve 55 75 43 52
Disapprove 32 17 44 31
Don't know/No answer 14 9 14 17

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"What about at the end of the Persian Gulf War? Do you think the United States should have stopped fighting when Iraqi troops left Kuwait, or should the U.S. have continued fighting Iraq until Saddam Hussein was removed from power?"
Stopped 27 31 26 25
Removed Hussein 64 62 66 64
Don't know/No answer 9 7 8 11

 

The Gallup Poll. Feb. 4-6, 2002. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Next, I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. Is your overall opinion of Iraq very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"
    Very
Favor-
able
Mostly
Favor-
able
Mostly
Unfav-
orable
Very
Unfav-
orable
No
Opinion
 
    % % % % %  
  2/02 2 4 39 49 6  
  2/01 2 7 34 51 6  
  11/00 2 4 35 53 6  
  5/99 1 4 38 53 4  
  2/99 2 5 27 60 6  
  3/96 1 5 34 52 8  

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Dec. 19-21, 1998. N=805 adults nationwide who had also been polled Dec. 9-13.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. military strikes against Iraq?"
%
Approve 75
Disapprove 20
Don't know/Refused 5

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"Do you think the military strikes will be effective in reducing Iraq's ability to produce weapons of mass destruction, or not?"
%
Will be effective 50
Will not 41
Don't know/Refused 9

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. Dec. 17-18, 1998. N=1,031 adults nationwide.

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ALL Rep. Ind. Dem.
% % % %
"Thinking about the bombing of Iraq, do you approve or disapprove of the decision to attack Iraq?"
Approve 69 67 70 73
Disapprove 21 25 24 16
Not sure 10 8 6 11

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"Do you favor or oppose using military force now to remove Saddam Hussein from power?"
Favor 76 82 71 79
Oppose 18 15 22 14
Not sure 6 3 7 7

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"As you may know, some Republican leaders have publicly questioned Clinton's motives in bombing Iraq when the House was about to vote on his impeachment, saying they could not support the bombing because of this. Do you think it was appropriate or inappropriate for Republican leaders to say this?"
Appropriate 26 45 27 13
Inappropriate 67 44 68 83
Not sure 7 11 5 4

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Dec. 17-18, 1998. N=753 adults nationwide.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of President Clinton's decision to take military action against Iraq at this time?"
%
Approve 70
Disapprove 24
Don't know 6

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"Which one of the following statements best describes what you think about current U.S. military action against Iraq? It will solve the problem of Iraq for the foreseeable future. It will be a temporary solution to the problem. It will only make things worse by provoking continued warfare."
%
Will solve problem 13
A temporary solution 60
Will make things worse 22
Don't know 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Dec. 17, 1998. N=613 registered voters nationwide.

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"As you know, President Clinton ordered air strikes against Iraq in response to that country’s noncompliance with the United Nations weapons inspections. Do you support or oppose President Clinton’s call for military action against Iraq?"
%
Support 78
Oppose 15
Not sure 7

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"Do you think the timing of President Clinton’s decision to use military force against Iraq this week was influenced more by Saddam Hussein’s latest refusal to cooperate with inspections, or the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives?"
%
Saddam Hussein's refusal 53
Impeachment vote 28
Combination (vol.) 14
Not sure 5

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"Do you think the United States should attempt to assassinate Saddam Hussein?"
12/17/98 11/11-12/98 11/97
% % %
Yes 51 40 33
No 39 50 58
Not sure 10 10 9

 

ABC News Poll. Dec. 16, 1998. N=510 adults nationwide.

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"As you may know, the United States launched air strikes against Iraq tonight, after United Nations weapons inspectors there reported that Iraq was interfering with their work. Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. attack on Iraq?"
%
Approve 73
Disapprove 19
No opinion 7

.

"Clinton said the purpose of the attack was to interfere with Iraq’s ability to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Do you think the attack will or will not accomplish that goal?"
%
Will 41
Will not 46
No opinion 14

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"Clinton said he ordered the air strikes at this time to prevent Iraq from having time to prepare, and also to avoid bombing Iraq during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend. Do you think those are or are not good enough reasons for Clinton to have ordered the attack to start tonight?"
%
Are 60
Are not 32
No opinion 8

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"Does the attack on Iraq make you more likely to think Clinton should be impeached, more likely to think he should not be impeached, or doesn’t it affect your opinion on that one way or the other?"
%
Should be impeached 11
Should not be 14
Doesn't affect opinion 74
No opinion 1

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"Do you think Clinton ordered the attack on Iraq mainly because he thought it was the right thing for the United States to do, or mainly because he thought it would help him delay a vote in the House of Representatives on whether he should be impeached?"
%
Right thing to do 62
Help delay vote 32
No opinion 6

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 16, 1998. N=413 adults nationwide.

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ALL Rep. Dem. Ind.
% % % %
"Do you favor or oppose the United States using its Air Force to bomb targets in Iraq after Iraq failed to comply with its agreement for United Nations weapons inspections?"
Favor 79 74 81 82
Oppose 16 21 14 13
Don't know/No answer 5 5 5 5

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"Do you think getting Saddam Hussein to comply with United Nations weapons inspectors is worth the potential loss of American life and the other costs of attacking Iraq, or not?"
Worth costs 62 61 58 65
Not worth it 25 29 27 20
Don't know/No answer 13 10 15 15

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"Do you think the timing of Saddam Hussein's recent refusal to cooperate with United Nations weapons inspections has anything to do with the fact that President Clinton is having impeachment troubles, or not?"
Yes 45 49 41 45
No 49 45 53 49
Don't know/No answer 6 6 6 6

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"Do you think the timing of the U.S. air strikes against Iraq had more to do with the need to respond immediately to Saddam Hussein's refusal to comply with the United Nations weapons inspection agreement, or had more to do with the fact that the House impeachment vote on President Clinton was scheduled for tomorrow?"
Need to respond 61 47 65 69
Impeachment vote 26 40 20 20
Both (vol.) 3 2 6 1
Don't know/No answer 10 11 9

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Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Dec. 16, 1998, 6-9 PM EST. N=543 adults nationwide.

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"As you may know, the United Nations chief weapons inspector has reported that Iraq has not complied with its agreement to allow United Nations inspections of possible weapons facilities. In response, the United States and Britain have launched an air attack against Iraq this evening. Do you approve or disapprove of this attack?"
%
Approve 74
Disapprove 13
No opinion 13

.

"How much confidence do you have in President Clinton's ability to handle the situation in Iraq: a great deal, a moderate amount, only a little, or none at all?"
12/16/98 1/98 10/94
% % %
Great deal 52 21 21
Moderate amount 24 44 42
Only a little 10 20 24
None 12 13 12
No opinion 2 2 1

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"Why do you, personally, think Bill Clinton ordered today's military strike: solely because he felt it was in the best interests of the country, OR, in part to divert public attention away from the Monica Lewinsky controversy?"
12/16/98 8/20/98
% %
Best interests of country 62 58
Divert attention 30 36
Neither/Other (vol.) 4 2
No opinion 4 4

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"Do you think this attack will or will not achieve significant goals for the United States?"
%
Will 48
Will not 32
No opinion 20

 

NBC News Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Dec. 16, 1998. N=503 adults nationwide.

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"As you may know, President Clinton today ordered military bombing strikes against Iraq. Do you approve or disapprove of President Clinton's decision to order military bombing strikes?"
%
Approve 75
Disapprove 17
Not sure 8

.

"Do you think that the House of Representatives should or should not postpone voting on articles of impeachment against President Clinton while the United States is engaged in military action against Iraq?"

%
Should 61
Should not 33
Not sure 6

.

"Do you think that President Clinton took military action against Iraq primarily because immediate action was warranted or primarily because he wants to put off impeachment proceedings?"

%
Immediate action warranted 59
Put off impeachment 27
Both of these (vol.) 5
Neither of these (vol.) 1
Not sure 8

 

ABC News Poll. Nov. 20-22, 1998. N=1,008 adults nationwide.

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"On another subject, as you may know, the United States is warning that it will bomb Iraq unless Iraq stops interfering with United Nations weapons inspection teams. If Iraq does not comply, should the United States bomb Iraq, or not?" If "Yes": "Should it be a major bombing attack or a limited bombing attack?"
%
Yes -- major attack 37
Yes -- limited attack 30
No 23
No opinion 10

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 16-17, 1998. N=1,118 adults nationwide.

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ALL Rep. Dem. Ind.
% % % %
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling the situation with Iraq?"
Approve 67 52 80 64
Disapprove 22 36 10 23
Don't know/No answer 11 12 10 13

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"In general, do you think Bill Clinton's actions in response to Iraq have been too tough, about right, or not tough enough?"
Too tough 4 6 4 3
About right 39 31 50 34
Not tough enough 50 56 40 56
Don't know/No answer 7 7 6 7

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"This weekend, the United States held back from launching air strikes against Iraq after Saddam Hussein promised unconditional access to United Nations weapons inspectors. Do you think the United States did the right thing in holding back military action in response to Saddam Hussein's promise, or should the United States have taken military action against Iraq anyway?"
Right thing holding back 58 52 66 54
Should have taken action 35 42 28 37
Don't know/No answer 7 6 6 9

.

"Do you think Saddam Hussein will keep his promise to allow United Nations inspectors full access to look for weapons of mass destruction, or will Saddam Hussein not keep his promise?"
Will 6 6 7 5
Will not 88 91 84

89

Don't know/No answer 6 3 9 6

.

"If Saddam Hussein does not keep his promise to allow inspectors full access to look for weapons of mass destruction, would you favor or oppose the United States immediately using its Air Force to bomb targets in Iraq?"
Favor 80 83 78 78
Oppose 14 11 14 15
Don't know/No answer 6 6 8 7

.

"In the current situation, do you expect the United States to end up taking military action against Iraq, or do you think the current situation will be resolved without military action?"
Military action 57 59 55 57
Resolved without action 31 30 34 30
Don't know/No answer 12 11 11 13

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 13-15, 1998. N=1,039 adults nationwide.

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"In the last year or so, who would you say has been the winner in the confrontations between Iraq and the United States: Bill Clinton or Saddam Hussein?"
11/98 2/98
% %
Clinton 37 31
Hussein 53 55
Both equally (vol.) 2 4
Neither (vol.) 6 4
No opinion 2 6

.

"If the United States attacks Iraq in the next few days, do you think those attacks will or will not achieve significant goals for the United States?"
%
Will 48
Will not 42
No opinion 10

.

"Which one of the following possible goals do you think should be the specific goal of any U.S. attack on Iraq at this time: to pressure Iraq into complying with United Nations weapons inspections, OR, to remove Saddam Hussein from power?"
%
Pressure Iraq 25
Remove Saddam 70
Other (vol.) 3
No opinion 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 11-12, 1998. N=904 registered voters nationwide.

.

"Do you think the United States should use prolonged military force in response to Iraq's refusal to allow weapons inspections?"
%
Yes 61
No 24
Not sure 15

 


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