Thursday 27 February 2003
Nearly two-thirds in a new poll, 64 percent, say they want the United States to wait for U.N. approval before launching a military strike against Iraq.
Three in 10, 31 percent, said they thought this country should act now against Iraq, according to the CBS News poll released Wednesday.
Like many recent polls, the CBS survey found that two-thirds, 66 percent, said they approve of military action against Iraq. But the new poll also found that support is contingent on the support of allies, and preferably the United Nations.
Six in 10, or 62 percent, said weapons inspectors should be given more time, while 36 percent said they should not be given more time.
Half in the poll, 51 percent, said Congress is not asking enough questions about President Bush's policy toward Iraq, while about a fifth, 19 percent, said Congress is asking too many, and about the same proportion, 18 percent said it's asking the right amount of questions.
Almost three-fourths in the poll, 72 percent, said the United States should take the views of allies into account before taking action, while a fourth, 24 percent, said this country should do what it thinks is right no matter what its allies think.
The poll of 681 adults was taken Feb. 24-25 and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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