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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 26-29, 2003. N=1,207 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Earlier this year, Congress approved spending 79 billion dollars to help pay for the war in Iraq and the rebuilding effort there. George W. Bush has now called for spending 87 billion dollars more. Do you support or oppose this additional spending for the war and rebuilding in Iraq?"

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
10/26-29/03 34 64 2
9/26-29/03 36 62 2
9/10-13/03 38 61 1

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"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?"

Very Some-
what
Not
Too
Not At
All
Unsure
% % % % %
10/26-29/03 53 34 9 4 -
9/10-13/03 53 32 9 5 -
8/20-24/03 41 35 13 9 2
7/9-10/03 43 37 11 8 2
6/18-22/03 32 41 16 10 1
4/27-30/03 34 39 19 9 -
4/16/03 31 42 19 7 1

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 20-21, 2003. N=751 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (total sample).

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States' current occupation of Iraq?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Don't
Know
% % %
10/20-21/03 52 42 6

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"George W. Bush has asked Congress for an additional $87 billion for the next year for military and reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do you think the United States should or should not spend this amount of money?"

Should Should
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
10/20-21/03 37 59 4
9/28 - 10/1/03 34 61 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 14-15, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way newspapers and television channels have been reporting on U.S. military operations in Iraq?"

Approve Dis-
approve
Mixed
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % %

10/03

36 46 14 4

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"Generally speaking, do you think news reports about U.S. military operations in Iraq have been more likely to focus on the negative things happening in Iraq and leave out the positive things, OR, more likely to focus on the positive things happening in Iraq and leave out the negative things?" Options rotated

Focus on
Negative
Focus on
Positive
Neither
(vol.)
Depends
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % % %

10/03

60 19 8 9 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 10-12, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, President Bush requested that Congress authorize an additional $87 billion in government spending for Iraq and the war on terrorism. Do you think Congress should or should not vote to authorize this?"

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
10/10-12/03 41 57 2
9/8-10/03 46 51 3

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"Do you think the Bush Administration deliberately misled the American public about how big a threat Iraq was to the United States before the war began, or not?"

Yes,
Misled
No,
Did Not
No
Opinion
% % %
10/10-12/03 43 54 3

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2003. N=981 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has developed a clear plan for rebuilding Iraq, or hasn't it developed one yet?"

Has Clear
Plan
Does
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
9/28 - 10/1/03 29 59 12
9/15-16/03 22 64 14

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"George W. Bush has asked Congress for an additional $87 billion for the next year for military and reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do you think the United States should or should not spend this amount of money?"

Should Should
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
9/28 - 10/1/03 34 61 5

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"Who should have the lead responsibility for setting up a new government in Iraq: the United Nations or the United States?"

United
Nations
United
States
Neither
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % %
9/28 - 10/1/03 68 26 2 4
9/15-16/03 64 26 5 5
8/26-28/03 69 25 2 4

 

ABC News Poll. Sept. 26-29, 2003. N=942 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by ICR.

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"Earlier this year, Congress approved spending 79 billion dollars to help pay for the war in Iraq and the rebuilding effort there. George W. Bush has now called for spending 87 billion dollars more. Do you support or oppose this additional spending for the war and rebuilding in Iraq?"

Support Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
9/26-29/03 36 62 2
9/10-13/03 38 61 1

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"If Congress approves this additional 87 billion dollars, how do you think the government should pay for it: by cutting spending on other programs, increasing the federal budget deficit, or eliminating the recent tax cuts?" Options rotated

Cut Other
Spending
Increase
Deficit
Eliminate
Tax Cuts
Other
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % % %
9/26-29/03 29 17 35 12 8
9/10-13/03 28 19 41 5 7

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Sept. 25-26, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"In general, do you think the number of U.S. military personnel in Iraq should be reduced ONLY IF they are replaced by international troops, OR that they should be reduced EVEN IF other countries don't supply more troops?"

Only If
Replaced
Even If Not
Replaced
Shouldn't
Reduce
Either Way
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % %

9/25-26/03

51 33 6 10

9/11-12/03

51 31 8 10

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"Would you favor or oppose the United States turning over some authority for rebuilding Iraq to the United Nations as a way to encourage other countries to provide money and troops?"
Favor Oppose Don't
Know
% % %
9/25-26/03 72 20 8

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 19-21, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Just your best guess: Do you think Saddam Hussein is alive and personally directing the attacks against U.S. soldiers in Iraq, alive but basically powerless to direct attacks against U.S. soldiers in Iraq, or do you think he is dead?" Options rotated

Alive &
Directing
Attacks
Alive, But
Powerless
Dead No
Opinion
% % % %
9/19-21/03 47 42 7 4

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 15-16, 2003. N=675 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"Do you think spending to rebuild Iraq will mean the United States government has to cut spending on domestic programs such as education and health care, or do you think the United States government can pay for domestic programs in the U.S. and rebuild Iraq at the same time?"

Cut
Spending
Pay for
Both
Don't
Know
% % %
9/03 48 37 15

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"President Bush has asked Congress for $87 billion for the next year to rebuild Iraq. Do you think the U.S. should or should not spend this amount of money rebuilding Iraq?"

Should Should
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
9/03 26 66 8

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Sept. 11-12, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"President Bush has asked Congress for 87 billion dollars in additional funding for U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do you favor or oppose this additional spending?"

Favor Oppose Don't
Know
% % %
9/11-12/03 42 51 7

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 9-10, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"President Bush is sending a request to Congress for 87 billion dollars for military operations and rebuilding in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you were a member of Congress, would you vote to approve the money or not?"

Would
Approve
Would
Not
Not
Sure
% % %

ALL

46 44 10
Democrats 27 63 10
Republicans 67 25 8
Independents 44 45 11

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"Do you agree or disagree with the view that the military action being taken abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan is necessary to protect Americans from having to fight terrorists on U.S. soil?"

Agree Disagree Not
Sure
% % %

9/03

61 30 9

 

ABC News Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Do you support or oppose the current U.S. military presence in Iraq?"

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
9/4-7/03 67 30 3
7/9-10/03 74 25 1

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"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?"

Increase Decrease No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
9/4-7/03 48 40 8 5
4/16/03 29 58 10 3

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"Would you support or oppose supplementing U.S. troops in Iraq with troops from other countries to create an international force there?"

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
9/4-7/03 85 12 3

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 26-28, 2003. N=930 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"When it comes to their dealing with Iraq, do you think members of the Bush Administration have been telling the entire truth, usually telling the truth but hiding some things, or have they been mostly lying?"

Telling
Entire
Truth
Hiding
Some
Things
Mostly
Lying
Don't
Know
% % % %
8/03 17 61 19 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 25-26, 2003. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Bush Administration does or does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq?"

Yes, Does No,
Does Not
No
Opinion
% % %
8/25-26/03 44 54 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Aug. 21-22, 2003. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which ONE of the following comes closer to your view of how the U.S. war with Iraq has affected al Queda and the worldwide terrorism network? Do you think the Iraq war has REDUCED their power by removing an oil-rich regime that supported terrorism, OR, the Iraq war has INCREASED their power by inspiring a new generation of terrorists to take up arms against the United States and its allies?"

Reduced Increased Neither
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % %
8/21-22/03 45 38 5 12

 

The Harris Poll. Aug. 12-17, 2003. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"If it turns out that Iraq had no significant weapons of mass destruction and there was no strong link to al Qaeda, would you think we were told the truth by the U.S. government or that we were misled?"

Told the
Truth
Misled Not
Sure
% % %
8/03 33 56 11
6/03 40 50 10

 

Washington Post Poll. Aug. 7-11, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

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"How likely is it that Saddam Hussein [see below]? Would you say that it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

    Very/
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very/
Not At All
Likely
No
Opinion
      % % %
"Was trying to develop weapons of mass destruction" 84 14 3

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"Has provided assistance to Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network" 82 14 4

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"Had already developed weapons of mass destruction" 78 19 3

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"Was personally involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks" 69 28 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 29-30, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think seeing the United States go to war in Iraq will cause countries like North Korea and Iran to increase or decrease their weapons programs?"

Increase Decrease Neither/
Same (vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % %
7/29-30/03 55 20 11 14

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). July 26-28, 2003. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (total sample).

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"Do you think that the war in Iraq is generally over with most of the challenges behind us, or do you think that most of the challenges in Iraq remain ahead?" Half sample (Form A)

Generally
Over
Most
Challenges
Ahead
Not
Sure
% % %
7/03 18 75 7
5/03 26 70 3

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"Do you think that the United States will or will not find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?"

Will Will
Not
Not
Sure
% % %
7/03 46 41 13
5/03 60 32 9

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"Do you think it will or will not be possible to establish a stable democratic government in Iraq?"

Will Will
Not
Not
Sure
% % %
7/03 57 28 15
5/03 54 37 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 25-27, 2003. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"In the long run, do you think the U.S. war with Iraq will end up creating more problems than it solves or will end up solving more problems than it creates?" Options rotated

Creating
More
Solving
More
No
Opinion
% % %
7/25-27/03 43 53 4
5/30 - 6/1/03 42 53 5

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. July 24-25, 2003. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which ONE of the following statements comes closer to your own views about how national security has been affected by the Iraq war? Our national security is stronger because a potential threat has been removed and enemies warned that the United States will use military force to protect its interests. Our national security is weaker because too many U.S. military forces are committed to Iraq and not available to deal with threats in other parts of the world." Options rotated

Stronger Weaker Unsure
% % %
7/24-25/03 62 28 10

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"From what you've seen or heard in the news, do you believe that Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was harboring al Qaeda terrorists and helping them to develop chemical weapons, or not?"

Yes No Unsure
% % %
7/24-25/03 72 17 11

 

The Gallup Poll. July 18-20, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Bush Administration deliberately misled the American public about whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, or not?"

Yes,
Misled
No,
Did Not
No
Opinion
% % %
7/18-20/03 39 58 3
6/27-29/03 37 61 2
6/9-10/03 31 64 5
5/30 - 6/1/03 31 67 2

 

Program on International Policy Attitudes/Knowledge Networks Poll. July 11-20, 2003. N=1,066 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).This survey was fielded by Knowledge Networks using its nationwide research panel. Knowledge Networks employs a random-digit-dial telephone methodology to develop a representative sample of households for participation in its panel. Participants receive free hardware and free Internet access. Surveys are administered via interactive TV devices.

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"Do you think the Bush Administration did or did not imply that Iraq under Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11th attacks?"

Did
Imply
Did Not
Imply
No
Answer
% % %
7/03 67 25 8
6/03 71 25 4

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"Next are a series of questions that ask for your impression of some things that you may or may not know. Please just indicate your impression whether or not you are very confident that it is correct.


"Please select what you think is the best description of the relationship between the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein and the terrorist group al Qaeda: There was no connection at all. A few al Qaeda individuals visited Iraq or had contact with Iraqi officials. Iraq gave substantial support to al Qaeda, but was not involved in the September 11th attacks. Iraq was directly involved in carrying out the September 11th attacks."
3/4 sample (
MoE ± 3.5)

7/03 6/03

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% %

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No connection at all 7 7
Limited contact 35 26
Substantial support, but not involved in 9/11 33 36
Directly involved in 9/11 20 25
No answer 6 6

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"Is it your impression that when the U.S. government presented the evidence to justify going to war with Iraq it was being misleading or not being misleading?" Half sample

Being
Misleading
Not Being
Misleading
No
Answer
% % %
7/03 42 52 5
6/03 42 53 5

 

Time/CNN Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. July 16-17, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"Would you like to see other countries provide more troops in Iraq even if it meant that the U.S. would have less control over events there, or don't you feel that way?"

Want More
Allied Troops
Don't Feel
That Way
Not Sure
% % %
7/16-17/03 65 30 5

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"As you may know, the White House has admitted that President Bush was incorrect when he said in his State of the Union Address there was evidence that Iraq was trying to obtain nuclear materials from Africa. Do you think the Bush Administration deliberately misled the public about Iraq having nuclear materials in order to gain support for the war, or don't you feel that way?"

Misled
the Public
Don't Feel
That Way
Not Sure
% % %
7/16-17/03 41 54 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 9-10, 2003. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Do you think the United States has to kill or capture Saddam Hussein for the war in Iraq to be a success, or do you think the war in Iraq can be a success with Saddam Hussein removed from power but not killed or captured?" Options rotated

Must
Kill or
Capture
Remove
From
Power
Unsure
% % %
7/9-10/03 61 35 4

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"Before the war began, do you think the Bush Administration did or did not intentionally exaggerate its evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, such as biological or chemical weapons?"

Did Did Not Unsure
% % %
7/9-10/03 50 46 4

 

CBS News Poll. July 8-9, 2003. N=753 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (total sample).

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"Looking back, do you think that Iraq's Saddam Hussein represented a major threat to the U.S., a minor threat, or was Saddam Hussein not a threat to the U.S.?" Form D (N=369)

Major
Threat
Minor
Threat
Not a
Threat
Don't
Know
% % % %
7/03 56 28 12 4

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"Which do you think the Iraqi people are feeling right now: grateful to the United States for getting rid of Saddam Hussein, or resentful of the United States for being in Iraq right now?"

Grateful Resentful Both (vol.) Don't
Know
% % % %
7/03 34 37 20 9
5/03 46 31 20 3

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"Thinking back now to the weeks before the war with Iraq, do you think the Bush Administration overestimated the number of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, underestimated the number of weapons of mass destruction, or accurately estimated the number of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?"

Over-
estimated
Under-
estimated
Accurately
estimated
Don't
Know
% % % %
7/03 56 11 19 14
6/03 44 14 28 14

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"When presenting what they knew about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the war, do you think the members of the Bush Administration were telling everything they knew, most of what they knew, hiding important elements of what they knew, or mostly lying?"

Telling
Everything
Telling
Most
Hiding
Important
Elements
Mostly
Lying
Don't
Know
% % % % %
7/03 4 32 45 11 8

 

The Gallup Poll. July 7-9, 2003. Nationwide.

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"Which comes closest to your view about the number of U.S. troops in Iraq: the U.S. should send more troops to Iraq, the U.S. should keep the number of troops as it is now, or the U.S. should bring some troops home from Iraq?" Options rotated, Form B (N=497, MoE ± 5)

Send
More
Keep
Number
As It Is
Bring
Some
Home
No
Opinion
% % % %
7/7-9/03 16 41 40 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 30-July 1, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the Bush Administration's handling of postwar reconstruction in Iraq?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Not
Sure
% % %
6/30 - 7/1/03 52 33 15
6/3-4/03 57 31 12

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"Overall, do you think the war in Iraq has made the United States safer or less safe?"

Safer Less
Safe
Same
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % %
6/30 - 7/1/03 46 35 12 7

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"Do you think the military's response to the continuing violence against U.S.-led forces in Iraq has been too aggressive, not aggressive enough, or about right?"

%

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Too aggressive

9

Not aggressive enough

33

About right

47

Not sure

11


 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 27-29, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the U.S. presence in Iraq since major fighting ended, do you think it is worth having U.S. troops there now, or not?"

Worth It Not
Worth It
No
Opinion
% % %
6/27-29/03 69 30 1

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"How good a job do you think the Bush Administration did in planning for the situation in Iraq after the major fighting was over: very good, good, poor, or very poor?" Options rotated

Very
Good
Good Poor Very
Poor
No
Opinion
% % % % %
6/27-29/03 15 48 22 14 1

 

Program on International Policy Attitudes/Knowledge Networks Poll. June 18-25, 2003. N=1,051 adults nationwide. This survey was fielded by Knowledge Networks using its nationwide research panel. Knowledge Networks employs a random-digit-dial telephone methodology to develop a representative sample of households for participation in its panel. Participants receive free hardware and free Internet access. Surveys are administered via interactive TV devices.

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"Compared with how you felt at the beginning of the war, knowing what you know now, would you say you are more or less supportive of the decision to go to war with Iraq?" 3/4 sample (MoE ± 3.5)

More
Supportive
Less
Supportive
No
Answer
% % %
6/03 53 42 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 18-22, 2003. N=1,024 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Do you think the United States can justify this war only if it finds weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical or biological weapons, in Iraq; or do you think the United States can justify this war for other reasons, even if it does not find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?"

Justify
Only If
Find
Even If
Do Not
Find
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
6/18-22/03 23 63 11 3
4/3/03 22 69 6 3
3/20/03 35 53 7 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 17-18, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"All things considered, do you think the United States going to war with Iraq has been worth it or not?"

Worth
It
Not
Worth It
Not
Sure
% % %
6/03 53 31 16
4/03 64 25 11

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"On the issue of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, do you believe Iraq currently has weapons of mass destruction, had weapons of mass destruction before the war but has moved or destroyed them, or that Iraq did not have any weapons of mass destruction?"

  %
Currently has WMD 25
Has moved or destroyed WMD 54
Did not have any WMD 12
Not sure 9

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"Which one of the following do you believe is most likely to be true? President Bush exaggerated the dangers of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The intelligence agencies exaggerated the dangers of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to President Bush. Both President Bush and intelligence agencies exaggerated the dangers. OR, Neither President Bush nor the intelligence agencies exaggerated the dangers."

  %
Bush exaggerated 8
Agencies exaggerated 11
Both exaggerated 24
Neither exaggerated 43
Not sure 14

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 30-June 1, 2003. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Bush Administration does or does not have a clear plan for improving conditions in Iraq and helping the Iraqi civilians rebuild their country?"
Does Does Not Unsure
% % %
5-6/03 56 41 3

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"Which comes closest to your view about the war with Iraq? It was justified only if the U.S. finds conclusive evidence that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. It was justified even if the U.S. DOES NOT find conclusive evidence that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. OR, It was not justified even if the U.S. finds conclusive evidence that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction." Options rotated
Justified
Only If
Find
Evidence
Justified
Even If
Does Not
Find
Evidence
Not
Justified
Unsure
% % % %
5-6/03 23 56 18 3

 

National Public Radio Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D). May 27-29, 2003. N=723 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.6.

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"I would like to read you a few statements about the war in Iraq. Please tell me which comes closest to your opinion: The war in Iraq was a success and WAS worth the cost in U.S. lives and dollars. The war in Iraq was a success but was NOT worth the cost in U.S. lives and dollars. The war in Iraq was NOT a success." Options were rotated
%
A success, worth cost 48
A success, not worth cost 33
Not a success 15
None of these (vol.) 2
Don't know 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 20-21, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States military is handling the postwar situation in Iraq?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Don't
Know
% % %
5/20-21/03 80 11 9

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 16, 2003. N=504 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Do you support or oppose the United States having gone to war with Iraq?"

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
4/16/03 78 20 2
4/9/03 80 17 3
4/2-6/03 77 16 7
4/3/03 73 24 4
3/27/03 73 24 3
3/23/03 72 26 2
3/20/03 72 26 2

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"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
Enough
Should
Do More
Unsure
% % %
4/16/03 65 31 4

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

United
States
United
Nations
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
"Maintaining civil order in Iraq until a new government is established"
4/16/03 45 49 4 1 1

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"Awarding contracts to companies for rebuilding the infrastructure in Iraq"

4/16/03 41 51 3 3 2

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"Helping establish a new government in Iraq"
4/16/03 39 55 4 1 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 10-11, 2003. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"We're interested in your opinion of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the war with Iraq?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Don't
Know
% % %
4/10-11/03 74 22 4
3/27-28/03 70 27 3

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"Whatever your feelings about the Iraq war now, do you think the United States should have begun military action against Iraq when it did, or do you think the United States should have waited longer to try to achieve its goals in Iraq diplomatically?"

Should
Have
Begun
Should
Have
Waited
Don't
Know
% % %
4/10-11/03 70 26 4
3/27-28/03 63 32 5

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"Thinking about the U.S. military capabilities demonstrated in the Iraq war, have they been about as effective as you expected, more effective than you expected, or less effective than you expected?"

As
Effective
More
Effective
Less
Effective
Don't
Know
% % % %
4/10-11/03 42 48 7 3

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"Does success in the Iraq war make you feel the United States should be more willing to use military force in the future to help solve international problems, or not?"

Yes No Don't
Know
% % %
4/10-11/03 28 62 10

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"Please tell me if you would support the United States using military force against any of the following countries that, like Iraq, have been linked to terrorism or have weapons programs considered a threat to other countries. Would you support using military force against [see below], or not?"

Yes No Don't
Know
% % %
North Korea 53 35 12
Iran 45 41 14
Syria 42 40 18

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"For how long after the fighting stops would you support keeping U.S. military personnel in Iraq to help maintain order and establish a new government there . . . ?"

%

.

No more than a week or two 6
Several weeks 6
Several months 25
One to two years 33
Three to five years 11
More than five years 11
Don't know 8

.

“After the fighting stops, do you think the United States should stay in Iraq long enough to play the major role in establishing a new government there, or leave Iraq as soon as possible and turn over the authority for establishing a new government to the United Nations or some other international organization?”

%

.

Stay and play major role 56
Leave as soon as possible 39
Don't know 5

.

"Do you think any interim government in Iraq set up by the United States after the war ends should be subject to the approval of the United Nations Security Council, or not?"

%

.

Subject to UN approval 57
Not subject to UN approval 35
Don't know 8

.

"Do you think the United States should invite countries that refused to support military action -- such as France, Germany, and Russia -- to play a role in rebuilding Iraq after the fighting stops, or not?"

Should Should
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
4/10-11/03 45 50 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 9, 2003. N=509 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

.

"How would you say the war is going for the United States and its allies: very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all?"

Very
Well
Fairly
Well
Not Too
Well
Not Well
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
4/9/03 66 30 3 - -
4/3/03 47 44 3 3 2
3/27/03 34 49 9 5 4
3/23/03 35 50 6 4 6

.

"Just your best guess, in this war do you think most of the people of Iraq are on Saddam Hussein's side, or the United States' side?" Options were rotated

Saddam
Hussein's
United
States'
Unsure
% % %
4/9/03 12 77 11
3/27/03 34 49 17

.

"Until a new government is fully established in Iraq, who do you think should be in charge there: the United States or the United Nations?" Options were rotated

United
States
United
Nations
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
4/9/03 37 53 3 4 3

.

"After the war, do you think a large number of United States soldiers should remain in Iraq to help maintain peace, or not?"

Yes No Unsure
% % %
4/9/03 69 28 2

.

"Do you think the war will leave the United States in a stronger position in the world, a weaker position, or won't it make much difference to the U.S. position in the world?"

Stronger Weaker No Diff-
erence
Unsure
% % % %
4/9/03 52 12 31 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 8-9, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you support or oppose the United States taking military action to disarm Iraq and remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein?"

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
4/8-9/03 81 16 3
3/25-26/03 78 18 4
Trend: *
3/11-12/03 71 20 9
2/25-26/03 71 24 5
2/11-12/03 69 23 8
1/29-30/03 67 21 12
1/14-15/03 67 25 8
12/02 65 23 12
11/02 68 18 14

.

* Trend wording: "Do you support or oppose U.S. military action to disarm Iraq and remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein?"

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the war against Iraq is being conducted?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
4/8-9/03 82 12 6
3/25-26/03 76 15 9

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 8-9, 2003. N=809 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is dealing with the war in Iraq?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
4/8-9/03 71 23 6
4/2-7/03 73 21 6
3/28 - 4/1/03 69 26 5
3/25-27/03 73 23 4
3/23-24/03 72 22 6
3/20-22/03 70 23 7

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 2-7, 2003. N=912 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"In general, how would you rate the job the press has done in covering the war in Iraq: excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

Excellent Good Only
Fair
Poor Don't
Know
% % % % %
4/2-7/03 32 42 15 9 2
3/28 - 4/1/03 32 40 16 9 3
3/25-27/03 34 41 16 7 2
3/23-24/03 34 42 14 5 5
3/20-22/03 42 38 11 4 5

 

The Los Angeles Times Poll. April 2-3, 2003. N=745 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (total sample).

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Saddam Hussein in Iraq?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Don't
Know
% % %
ALL 74 24 2
Democrats 68 29 3
Independents 71 28 1
Republicans 91 8 1

.

"Do you trust President Bush and his advisors to make the right decision about the handling of military action against Iraq, or not?"

Trust
Them
Don't
Trust
Them
Don't
Know
% % %
ALL 75 20 5
Democrats 66 27 7
Independents 79 19 2
Republicans 91 8 1

.

"Do you support or oppose the Bush Administration's decision to take military action against Iraq at this time?"

Support Oppose Don't
Know
% % %
ALL 77 21 2
Democrats 70 27 3
Independents 72 27 1
Republicans 95 4 1

.

"Do you think President Bush gave international diplomacy enough time to work before taking military action against Iraq?"

Gave
Enough
Time
Not
Enough
Time
Don't
Know
% % %
4/03 67 30 3

.

"Do you think that U.S. military action against Iraq will make the world a safer place, or not?"

Safer Not
Safer
Don't
Know
% % %
4/03 62 33 5

.

"Do you think Saddam Hussein bears any responsibility for the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, or does he bear no responsibility?" If Yes: "Does he bear all of the responsibility, or most of the responsibility, or some of the responsibility, or hardly any responsibility for the September 11th attacks?"

%
None 22
All 6
Most 11
Some 42
Hardly any 3
Don't know 16

.

"Who do you think should lead the reconstruction effort in Iraq: the United States, or the United Nations, or should it be some other country that takes the lead?"

%
United States 29
United Nations 50
Other country 7
U.S. & U.N. (vol.) 7
Iraq (vol.) 3
Don't know 4

.

"Do you think U.S. military action against Iraq will reduce the threat of terrorism against Americans at home and abroad, or do you think the action will increase the threat of terrorism against Americans, or don't you think it will affect the threat of terrorism?"

Reduce Increase No
Effect
Don't
Know
% % % %
4/03 38 39 16 7

.

"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that Syria is providing military supplies and equipment, such as night vision goggles, to Iraq, and threatened to hold them accountable for what he called 'hostile acts.' Syria denies the charges. Do you think the U.S. should or should not take military action against Syria if they continue to provide military supplies and equipment to Iraq?"

Should
Take
Action
Should
Not Take
Action
Don't
Know
% % %
4/03 42 46 12

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 29-30, 2003. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

.

"How would you say the war with Iraq has gone for the U.S. so far: very well, moderately well, moderately badly, or very badly?" Options were rotated
Very
Well
Moder-
ately
Well
Moder-
ately
Badly
Very
Badly
No
Opinion
% % % % %
3/29-30/03 33 52 11 3 1
3/24-25/03 34 51 9 3 3
3/22-23/03 53 37 5 3 2

.

"Who do you think is currently winning the war in the Persian Gulf: the U.S. and its allies, Iraq, or neither side?"

U.S. and
Allies
Iraq Neither
Side
No
Opinion
% % % %
3/29-30/03 74 1 23 2
3/24-25/03 74 1 21 4
3/22-23/03 84 - 14 2

.

"Do you feel that you have a clear idea of what this war is all about -- that is, what we are fighting for?"

Yes No No
Opinion

.

% % %

.

3/29-30/03 [War with Iraq] 81 18 1
11/01 [War on Terrorism] 89 10 1
12/90 [Persian Gulf War] 74 24 2
5/67 [Vietnam War] 49 48 3
11/42 [World War II] 73 27 -

.

"Do you think the U.S. military action in Iraq is going according to plan, or not?"

Is Is Not No
Opinion
% % %
3/29-30/03 72 25 3

.

"Now that the U.S. has taken military action against Iraq, how much longer do you think the war will last: less than one month, up to three months, up to six months, up to one year, or more than one year?"

%

.

Less than 1 month 6
Up to 3 months 32
Up to 6 months 27
Up to 1 year 15
More than 1 year 14
No opinion 6

.

"How many American troops do you think will be killed before the war is over: up to two hundred, up to five hundred, up to one thousand, up to three thousand, or more than three thousand?"

%

.

Up to 200 29
Up to 500 23
Up to 1,000 17
Up to 3,000 8
More than 3,000 9
No opinion 14

.

"Thinking about the difficulties the United States military forces have faced so far in Iraq, would you say these are major problems, minor setbacks, or nothing to worry about?" Options were rotated; March 29 only (N=502, MoE ± 5)

Major
Problems
Minor
Setbacks
Nothing
To Worry
About
No
Opinion
% % % %
3/29-30/03 22 65 11 2

.

"Do you think the United States action in Iraq is morally justified, or not?"

Is Is Not No
Opinion
% % %
3/29-30/03 73 24 3

.

"Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the Iraqi troops are guilty of committing war crimes, or not?"

Are Are Not No
Opinion
% % %
3/29-30/03 91 7 2

.

"Based on what you have heard or read, do you think U.S. troops are guilty of committing war crimes, or not?"

Are Are Not No
Opinion
% % %
3/29-30/03 9 89 2

.

"Now, turning to the media: In general, how would you rate the job the news organizations in this country have done in covering the situation in the Mideast concerning the war with Iraq? Would you say it has been excellent, good, only fair or poor?"
Excellent Good Only
Fair
Poor No
Opinion
% % % % %
3/29-30/03 38 41 13 7 1
3/22-23/03 52 32 10 5 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). March 29-30, 2003. N=501 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.4.

.

"Generally speaking, would you say the war in Iraq has gone better than what you expected, worse than you expected, or about what you expected?"

Better Worse As
Expected
Not
Sure
% % % %
3/29-30/03 9 20 67 4
3/23/03 25 10 62 3

.

"In general, would you say Iraq's military force has been tougher than you expected, not as tough as you expected, or just about what you expected?"

Tougher Not As
Tough
As
Expected
Not
Sure
% % % %
3/29-30/03 27 9 58 6
3/23/03 10 31 54 5

.

"What do you think will be the final result in the war with Iraq: the United States will win, Iraq will win, or do you think there will be no clear winner?"

U.S.
Will Win
Iraq
Will Win
No Clear
Winner
Not
Sure
% % % %
3/29-30/03 67 - 28 5

.

"When it comes to the strength of the Iraqi military, do you think that the Bush Administration did or did not underestimate the situation?"

Did Did
Not
Not
Sure
% % %
3/29-30/03 48 46 6

.

"When it comes to the solidarity of the Iraqi people behind Saddam Hussein, do you think that the Bush Administration did or did not underestimate the situation?"

Did Did
Not
Not
Sure
% % %
3/29-30/03 45 45 10

.

"Which comes closer to your view? The U.S. military should do everything it can to minimize Iraqi civilian casualties, even if it means taking longer to achieve our objectives. OR, The U.S. military should use whatever force necessary to achieve our objectives as quickly as possible, even if it means more Iraqi civilian casualties."

%

.

Minimize casualties 56
Achieve objectives quickly 38
Not sure 6

Earlier polling on Iraq


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