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Monday, January 13, 2003

Poll shows 59 percent of Americans say they are opposed to unilateral U.S. military action against Iraq

Most Americans do not want to rush into war. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said the United States should continue to work toward achieving its goals in Iraq without war. Only 27 percent favored quick military action.

Two-thirds of the respondents said they thought they had a good grasp of the issues surrounding the Iraqi crisis, but closer questioning showed gaps in that knowledge. For instance, half of those surveyed said at least one of the Sept. 11 hijackers were Iraqi citizens. In fact, none was.

The informed public is considerably less hawkish about war with Iraq than the public as a whole. Those who show themselves to be most knowledgeable about the situation are significantly less likely to support military action.

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