Poll: U.S. Backs Bush on Iraq
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Two-thirds of Americans say they support using military force against Iraq, says a new poll, even though most people think taking that step will cause serious problems among other Arabs.
The Newsweek poll released Saturday suggests that President Bush has bolstered support for that approach and for his own performance in office with recent speeches about his plans in Iraq. Bush’s job approval was at 70 percent, up from 61 percent in late August in this poll.
The poll showed that three-fourths support organizing an international force to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from power or sending in commandos or special forces to capture Saddam or work with local forces that oppose him. Almost that many support using airstrikes against Iraq without ground forces.
People now support by a 55-37 margin sending in large numbers of U.S. ground troops to ensure control of the country. They were evenly divided on that in late August.
By a 2-1 margin, people said it was important for Bush to have the approval of Congress, formal support from the United Nations and support from most of the United States’ European allies. They also said by a 2-1 margin that Bush has done a good job of explaining U.S. policy toward Iraq.
Seven in 10 thought a U.S. attack on Iraq would cause serious problems for this country throughout the Arab countries and thought Iraq would retaliate by using biological or chemical weapons against Israel and the United States.
The poll of 1,000 adults was taken Thursday and Friday, after Bush’s speech to the United Nations, and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.