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Monday, September 16, 2002

 
--- A Twisted Straw in the Winds of Multilateralism ---

ABC News polling results from Sept. 12-14, following GWB's UN speech:
"Would you favor or oppose having U.S. forces take military action against Iraq to force Saddam Hussein from power?" 68% responded in favor. But suppose "... U.S. allies opposed such military action ..."? Then 75% favor the move!!!
Another artifact of subjects' inability to parse questions phrased in the negative? Or does our "screw the French" crowd really outnumber those who favor military intervention but draw the line at unilateral action?

In other results, this sample now leans more strongly to the premise that such action would reduce the threat of terrorism (55%), rather than increase it (36%) ... now thinks GWB has "a clear policy on Iraq" (60 to 35%) ... but still wants more evidence (50 to 48%).