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Washington Post - ABC News Poll: Iraq War

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,022 randomly selected adults nationwide, and was conducted Feb. 26 - March 2, 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? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

             ---------Approve---------   --------Disapprove-------    No 
             NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opin.
3/3/03       62       38         23      35       22         13        4
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

2. The Bush administration says it will move soon to disarm Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power, by war if necessary, working with countries that are willing to assist, even without the support of the United Nations. Overall, do you support or oppose this policy?

        Support			        59%
	Oppose				37
	No opinion		 	 4

Asked of those who support in Q3.
3. Do you support it WITH reservations or WITHOUT reservations?

	Among supporters:
	Without reservation		58%
	With reservations		40
	No opinion			 2

	Net Q2/Q3:
	Support without reservation 	34%
        Support with reservations	24
        Oppose				37
        No opinion			 5

Asked of those that oppose or have reservations:
4. What are your main reservations about the policy?

Need the support of the United Nations			18%
	 Human cost/loss of life			15
	 War too costly/Not worth it			14
	 Moving too fast/too aggressive			11
	 Think it's unjustified/insufficient threat	10
 	 Don't trust Bush/government			 8
 	 Fear a wider war/broader complications		 8
	 Have other problems here at home/Bad economy	 5
	 Afraid of more terrorist attacks in US		 4
	 Inspections are working/
      	    Give inspectors more time			 2
	 Keep trying diplomacy				 2
	 Other						 9
	 No opinion					11


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