Time to Take on Saddam?
Americans think President George W. Bush is going to start a war with Iraq -- and that such action would be justified under certain circumstances. But they're leery of the U.S. acting alone -- or sending American troops to do the job. Those are the key conclusions from our Aug. 14 Reader Survey.
Of the more than 2,600 readers who responded, some 73% think the President will go to war, vs. only 15% who think he won't. Some 55% would favor such a war -- vs. the 35% who wouldn't -- were it proven that Saddam Hussein has been clandestinely making nuclear weapons.
And yet -- based on what they know of the situation at the moment -- some 63% of those who participated wouldn't favor sending large numbers of U.S. troops to Iraq. Likewise, 62% are against the U.S. launching a war if America's allies in Europe and Saudi Arabia refuse to help. And 82% think Bush should get permission from Congress before the U.S. attacks.
One reason for such caution may be that nearly 73% of those who responded think it's either very likely or somewhat likely that a war on Iraq would lead to new terrorist attacks in the U.S.
Here are the details of the survey, which are unscientific since anyone who wished to could participate:
Do you believe that President Bush:
|Intends to go to war with Iraq so as to replace Saddam Hussein||1873||72.63 %|
|Is only threatening a war to force Saddam Hussein to once again allow inspectors to monitor his weapons-making capability||389||15.08 %|
|Don't know||317||12.29 %|
Based on what you currently know of the situation, would you favor committing 100,000 to 250,000 U.S. troops to a war against Iraq?
|Don't know||166||6.36 %|
Would you favor such a war if it were proven that Saddam has been making nuclear weapons in violation of strictures against doing so?
|Don't know||251||9.64 %|
Do you believe that the U.S. should launch a war on Iraq even if America's allies in Europe and Saudi Arabia refuse to help?
|Don't know||165||6.34 %|
Should President Bush get permission from Congress before launching a war with Iraq?
|Don't know||79||3.03 %|
What are the chances, in your estimation, that a war on Iraq would lead to new terrorist attacks in the U.S.?
|Very high||1287||49.25 %|
|Somewhat high||617||23.61 %|
|Neither high nor low||392||15.00 %|
|Somewhat low||142||5.43 %|
|Very low||113||4.32 %|
|Don't know||62||2.37 %|
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