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Washington Post/ABC News Poll

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,024 randomly selected adults nationwide, and was conducted Feb. 19 -23, 2003. The margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Interviewing was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

              ---------Approve---------   --------Disapprove-------    No 
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opin.
2/23/03      60       na         na      34       na         na        6
2/9/03       64       42         21      34       20         14        3
2/1/03       62       41         21      34       22         13        4
1/28/03      62       43         19      36       23         13        2
1/27/03      59       39         21      37       22         15        4
1/20/03      59       36         23      38       22         16        2
12/15/02     66       37         28      32       20         12        2
11/4/02  LV  67       45         23      31       20         12        1
11/3/02  LV  67       45         22      32       20         12        1
11/2/02  LV  67       47         20      32       23          9        1
10/27/02 All 67       39         28      29       16         13        4
10/27/02 LV  68       47         21      30       16         14        3
9/26/02      67       42         25      30       18         12        3
9/8/02       71       42         28      27       15         12        3
7/28/02      69       39         31      28       14         14        3
7/15/02      72       42         31      25       13         12        2
6/17/02      74       42         32      22       13          9        4
6/9/02       77       41         36      20       11          9        3
5/19/02      76       48         28      22       13          8        3
4/21/02      78       47         31      20       10          9        2
3/28/02      79       49         30      18       10          8        3
3/10/02      82       52         30      16        7          9        2
1/27/02      83       56         27      14        7          7        3
12/19/01     86       64         22      12        6          6        2
11/27/01     89       69         21       9        5          4        1
11/6/01      89       65         24       9        4          5        2
10/9/01      92       76         16       6        3          3        1
9/27/01      90       70         20       6        3          3        4
9/13/01      86       63         23      12        6          5        2
9/9/01       55       26         29      41       22         20        3
8/12/01      61       28         33      31       17         14        8
7/30/01      59       28         30      38       22         17        3
6/3/01       55       27         28      40       22         18        6
4/22/01      63       33         30      32       16         16        5
3/25/01      58       NA         NA      33       NA         NA        8
2/25/01      55       NA         NA      23       NA         NA       22

ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE: 2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein?

                          Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
2/23/03		            55            39              6
2/9/03                      61            37              2
2/5/03 All                  61            32              7
       Watched Powell*      65            31              5
       Didn't watch         55            35             10
2/1/03                      61            35              3
1/28/03                     58            38              4
1/27/03                     57            40              3
1/20/03                     50            46              4
12/15/02                    58            37              5
11/4/02  LV                 56            40              4
11/3/02  LV                 57            40              4
11/2/02  LV                 56            41              3
10/27/02 All                57            38              5
10/27/02 LV                 61            37              3
9/26/02                     58            39              3
9/14/02                     65            31              4
8/29/02                     52            36             12
*Listened, watched, heard or read about it
 

ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE: 3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United Nations is handling the situation with Iraq and Saddam Hussein?

                   Approve     Disapprove     No opinion
2/23/03		       38           56             6

4. Would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq to force Saddam Hussein from power? Would you say you favor/oppose military action against Iraq strongly or only somewhat?

                        ---------Favor---------    ---------Oppose--------   No 
                        NET  Strongly  Somewhat    NET  Strongly  Somewhat   op.
2/23/03                 63      42        21       31      18        13       6
2/9/03                  66      46        21       31      17        14       2
2/5/03 All              67      45        22       27      17        11       6
       Watched Powell   71      51        20       24      15         9       5
       Didn't watch     61      37        23       32      18        13       7
2/1/03                  66      48        19       31      18        14       3
1/28/03                 63      43        19       32      20        13       5
1/27/03                 61      40        21       36      21        15       3
1/20/03                 57      40        17       41      25        16       3
12/15/02                62      41        20       35      20        15       3
11/17/02                64      NA        NA       29      NA        NA       7
9/26/02                 61      NA        NA       34      NA        NA       5
9/14/02                 68      NA        NA       29      NA        NA       3
8/29/02                 56      NA        NA       34      NA        NA      10
8/11/02                 69      NA        NA       22      NA        NA       9
3/10/02                 72      NA        NA       24      NA        NA       4     
2/21/02                 67      46        21       30      12        18       4
1/27/02                 71      NA        NA       24      NA        NA       4
12/19/01                72      NA        NA       24      NA        NA       5
11/27/01                78      NA        NA       17      NA        NA       6
10/11/94*               72      NA        NA       23      NA        NA       5
1/15/93**               82      NA        NA       15      NA        NA       3 
8/21/92 RV              65      NA        NA       30      NA        NA       5 
2/9/92                  62      NA        NA       35      NA        NA       3
4/22/91                 51      NA        NA       43      NA        NA       6
4/5/91                  54      NA        NA       37      NA        NA       9
3/15/91                 57      NA        NA       38      NA        NA       5
*10/11/94 and previous: Gallup
**1/15/93 and previous: Would you support or oppose having U.S. forces 
resume military action...?  


5. (IF FAVOR, Q4) What if the United Nations opposes such action - in that case would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq?

Q4/5 NET

                           Favor     Oppose     No opinion
2/23/03                      50	       46            4
2/9/03                       50        47            3
2/5/03 All                   49        46            5
       Watched Powell        55        41            4
       Didn't watch          41        53            6
2/1/03                       51        46            3
1/28/03                      46        50            4
1/27/03                      44        52            3
12/15/02*                    37        58            5                          
*Wording: Would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action 
against Iraq, even if the United Nations opposes such action?


6. (IF FAVOR, Q4) What if the United Nations opposes such action but some U.S. allies such as Great Britain, Australia and Italy support it - in that case would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq?

Q4/6 NET

            Favor     Oppose     No opinion
2/23/03      57         40            3
2/9/03       57         40            3

7. What do you think is more important - for the United States to move quickly against Iraq, even if that means acting without the support of the United Nations Security Council; or for the United States to keep trying to win support from the United Nations Security Council, even if that means moving more slowly against Iraq?

                             Move        Gain          No
                            quickly     support     opinion
2/23/03                       39          56           5

COMPARE TO: What do you think is more important - for the United States to move quickly against Iraq, even if that means acting without international support; or for the United States to gain international support, even if that delays action against Iraq?

                            Move        Gain          No
                            quickly     support     opinion
2/9/03                        37          59           4
2/5/03 All                    41          55           5
       Watched Powell         48          49           3
       Didn't watch           29          64           6
1/27/03                       31          64           5



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