Half of Americans oppose war without seeking UN resolution

Stuart Lawrence stuartwl at walrus.com
Mon Mar 17 20:06:13 MST 2003

March 17, 2003
Poll Gauges Iraq War Support, Opposition

Filed at 6:11 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American public supports military action against
Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power, but the level of backing
depends on administration efforts to win international help, according
to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll.

According to the poll, released Monday:

--Eight in 10 supported a U.S. invasion if it was backed by a United
Nations resolution.

--Just over half, 54 percent, supported an invasion of Iraq if the U.S.
offered a resolution but the U.N. didn't pass it. Forty-three percent
were opposed.

--People were just about evenly split on an invasion if the United
States did not offer a U.N. resolution and said it would proceed with
military action without any new vote. In that case, 47 percent supported
such an action and 50 percent opposed it.

The poll of 1,007 adults was taken Friday and Saturday and had an error
margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. A resolution offered by the
United States, Britain and Spain was withdrawn Monday on grounds that it
was sure to fail.

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