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Washington Post-ABC News Poll: War in Iraq

Thursday, April 17, 2003

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 504 randomly selected adults nationwide and was conducted Wednesday evening, April 16. The margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 5 percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Results of overnight polls that attempt to measure opinions about fast-changing news events should be interpreted with extra caution. 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.     
4/16/03      74       52         22      23       14          9        3
4/9/03       77       58         19      20       14          6        4
4/3/03       71       54         16      25       19          7        4
3/23/03      68       NA         NA      27       NA         NA        4
3/20/03      67       NA         NA      28       NA         NA        5
3/2/03       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. Do you support or oppose the United States having gone to war with Iraq? Do you support/oppose it strongly or only somewhat?

           ---------Support---------    ----------Oppose---------       
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   No op.   
4/16/03    78       61         17       20       13          7        2
4/9/03     80       63         17       17       12          6        3
4/6/03     77       57         20       16       10          7        7
4/3/03     73       58         15       24       16          8        4    
3/27/03    73       58         16       24       16          8        3    
3/23/03    72       55         17       26       16         10        2    
3/20/03    72       53         19       26       18          8        2    
3/17/03*   71       54         16       27       19          8        3    
3/9/03     59       40         19       35       21         14        6 

*3/17/03 and previous: Would you support or oppose the United States going to war with Iraq?

3. Would you say the United States is doing enough to restore civil order in Iraq, or do you think it should be doing more?

            Doing      Should        No
            enough     do more     opinion
4/16/03       65          31          4

4. How important is it for the United States to (READ ITEM) - would you say it's absolutely essential, very important but not essential, or less important than that?

4/16/03 - Summary Table

                                          Absolutely    Important/       Less       No
                                          essential    not essential   important   opin.
a. Capture or kill Saddam Hussein             41             43            14        2
b. Find biological or chemical 
   weapons in Iraq                            47             37            13        2 
c. Restore civil order in Baghdad 
   and elsewhere in Iraq                      51             41             7        1
d. Provide humanitarian aid like 
   food, water and medical supplies 
   to Iraq                                    62             33             5        0
e. Rebuild the infrastructure in Iraq, 
   like damaged roads, power plants 
   and schools                                34             43            22        1
f. Help establish a new government in 
   Iraq                                       47             42            10        *

5. For each item I name, please tell me who you think should be in charge of that - the United States or the United Nations?

4/16/03 - Summary Table

                                             United    United     Both   Neither    No
                                             States    Nations   (vol.)   (vol.)   opin.
a. awarding contracts to companies             
   for rebuilding the infrastructure 
   in Iraq                                     41         51        3       3        2    
b. helping establish a new government  
   in Iraq                                     39         55        4       1        1
c. maintaining civil order in Iraq until 
   a new government is established             45         49        4       1        1

6. Do you think of the war with Iraq as part of the war against terrorism, or as separate from the war against terrorism?

            Part     Separate     No opinion
4/16/03      77         22             1

7. In the long term, do you think having gone to war with Iraq will increase or decrease the risk of further terrorism in the United States?

                                      No difference        No
            Increase     Decrease         (vol.)        opinion
4/16/03        29           58             10              3
3/17/03*       39           48              6              6
*"going to war"

8. How do you feel about the possibility that the United States will get bogged down in a long and costly peacekeeping mission in Iraq? Would you say you're very concerned about that, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all?

           -----Concerned------     ------Not concerned-----      No
           NET    Very    Smwt.     NET    Not too    At all     opin.   
4/16/03    73      31      42       26       19          7         1  
4/9/03     62      24      39       35       24         11         3 

9. On another subject: For each country I name, please tell me whether you think it does or does not pose a threat to the United States. IF YES: Would you say it's a serious threat, or not serious?

4/16/03 - Summary Table

                   ---------Yes---------       No         No
                   NET    Serious    Not     threat     opinion
a. Syria           65        36       29       31          4
b. North Korea     79        55       24       18          3

Compare to:
Do you think Iraq does or does not pose a threat to the United States?

             Does   Does not   No opin.   
3/9/03        79       19         2
1/27/03       81       16         3       
12/15/02      81       17         2       
8/11/02       79       16         5

10. Syria and North Korea are among the countries the Bush administration has accused of developing weapons of mass destruction and supporting terrorists. The U.S. also says Syria may be sheltering some Iraqi officials who are wanted by the United States.

When it comes to resolving its problems with Syria, would you support or oppose the United States:

4/16/03 - Summary Table

                                             Support     Oppose     No opinion
a. Using diplomatic or economic pressure        88          9             3
b. Using military force                         45         51             4 
c. Going to war to remove the Syrian 
   government from power                        34         60             6

11. How about when it comes to resolving its problems with North Korea? Would you support or oppose the United States:

4/16/03 - Summary Table

                                             Support     Oppose     No opinion
a. Using diplomatic or economic pressure        88          9             3
b. Using military force                         43         53             4 
c. Going to war to remove the North 
   Korean government from power                 35         61             4

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