Despite the photos and documents that Secretary of State Colin Powell unveiled at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5, BusinessWeek Online readers continue to be divided over the question of whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction -- and whether the U.S. should attack that country to unseat dictator Saddam Hussein. Those are the findings of our Feb. 6 Reader Survey.
Of the nearly 900 readers who participated in the survey, 96% said they're aware of the evidence Secretary Powell presented.
Even so, a large percentage of those who responded weren't entirely swayed by his presentation. In fact, 43% of those who replied remain unconvinced that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, vs. the 33% who are totally convinced that he does. About 20% are somewhat convinced, now that Secretary Powell has spoken.
The majority of those who participated -- 60% -- think the Bush Administration still hasn't made a persuasive case that the U.S. should attack Iraq, vs. the 31% who think it has. Here are the detailed results of the survey, which as always was unscientific since anyone who wished to could participate:
Are you aware of what Colin Powell said at the U.N.?
Based on the tape recordings and photos Secretary Powell cited, plus his own comments, are you:
|Totally convinced that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction||289||33.07 %|
|Somewhat convinced||171||19.57 %|
|Not sure||39||4.46 %|
Based on the evidence that Secretary Powell provided, do you think that the U.S. should attack Iraq?
|Not sure||76||8.72 %|